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Nurses producer Yellow hires ex-YLE drama chief

Nurses creator Yellow Film & Television has a new chief creative officer in the shape of former YLE drama acquisitions chief Olli Tola. The experienced exec, who has worked in scripted for 30 years, will lead Yellow’s drama and comedy development projects. “We see Mr. Tola’s recruitment as an integral part of Yellow Film & […]

German pubcaster joins blue-chip BBC series

German pubcaster WDR will coproduce BBC natural history series Ocean. WDR is already a coproducer on BBC blue chip series Africa and Wild Atlantic. Ocean is a 7x50mins series set to deliver in 2017, which follows on from Blue Planet. It will use new filming techniques such as gryo-stabilised aerial camera system, remotely operated submarines […]

YLE ploughs extra €20m to high-end drama

Finnish pubcaster YLE is a locate an extra €20 million (US$22.8 million) into high-end drama development and acquisitions as in a bid to bolster its international standing. This comes after a government parliamentary group laid down an obligation following a report in June. While YLE’s production capabilities are set to decrease, there is a desire […]

BBC First, CBC hear The A Word

BBC First is Australia and CBC in Canada are the latest buyers of Keshet International-sold British drama The A Word. European pubcasters YLE, from Finland, Iceland (RUV), Croatia (HRT) and Slovenia (RTV) have also licensed the series, along with pay TV platform Yes in Israel. This comes as American coproducer SundanceTV came onboard the second […]

TV4 recruits Finnish Nurses for format

Swedish commercial channel TV4 is to remake Finnish drama Nurses following a deal with distributor Eccho Rights. The resulting series will be TV4’s first medical drama. The commission is for two seasons, with the show known locally at Syrror and launching in the autumn. This comes after Eccho, which represents the Yellow Films & Television-created […]

Hoho plots Grid partnership

UK kids firm Hoho Entertainment has entered into a coproduction agreement with Belgium indie counterpart Grid Animation. The pair will create 26 five-minute vlog for multimedia girls fashion brand Mimi and Bibi, which Waybuloo and Wissper creator Dan Good originated. The shortform episodes will air on UK tween site Totally Tween, with Hoho looking to […]

CBC, SVT buy Lanzmann doc

Pubcasters in Europe and North America are the latest to buy Adam Benzine’s documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah. Canadian CBC’s Documentary Channel, Sweden’s SVT, the Netherlands’ VPRO, Finland’s YLE and Poland’s TVP have acquired the 40-minute doc, along with Israel’s Channel 1. They join HBO in the US, ZDF/Arte in France and Germany, […]

New early learning app buys Irish toon

A new interactive content app for preschoolers, Curious World, has acquired Monster Entertainment-sold toon The Day Henry Met..?. Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently launched Curious World on the App Store, and has now added Wiggleywoo-produced .? and Canadian series Hippothesis, which comes from Yowza, to its offer. The shows will be available to […]

Canal+ buys Russian athletics doping doc

French pay TV service Canal+ has acquired Doping – Top Secret: the Shadowy World of Athletics, as a damning report resulting the programme yesterday rocked the sport’s foundation. DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and NPO/Vara have also acquired the show from Germany distributor Autentic. The Shadowy World of Athletics is the […]

News brief: Chinese VOD net add Turtles

Chinese on-demand video site Tencent has acquired seasons one and two of Viacom’s Tenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The deal was one of a batch distributor Viacom International Media Networks announced overnight, with Nicaragua’s Telenica taking a 1 400-hour package including new shows Harvey Beaks, 100 Things to do Before High School and Shimmer & Shine. […]