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Doctor Who special to simulcast globally

The upcoming fiftieth anniversary episode of British sci-fi series Doctor Who will launch with a global simulcast to more than 75 territories in November. One-off special The Day of the Doctor (pictured) will go out globally on November 23 at the same time as the UK launch on BBC One, the pubcaster’s commercial arm BBC […]

Lagardère sells JFK doc across Europe

Lagardère Entertainment Rights has sold its one-off doc Inside JFK’s Assassination to a host of broadcasters. LER launched the doc at MIPTV earlier this year. It has now been picked up by broadcasters including RTV in Slovenia, Multicanal in Spain, RTP in Portugal, YLE in Finland, MBC in the Middle East and Globosat in Brazil. […]

Arte buys Alex Gibney’s Catholic Church exposé

Arte has acquired Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directed film about abuses of power in the Catholic church. The film is produced by Jigsaw, a joint venture between filmmaker Gibney and distributor Content Media, with HBO, Wider Film Projects and Below […]

DHX’s Maths toon adds up for Canal+

France-based Canal+ has acquired animated series Monster Math Squad. The French premium channel operator has acquired the 50x11mins animated series from Canada-based producer and distributor DHX. The deal gives Canal+ rights to the show, about a team of number-crunching monsters who use maths to solve problems, in France and Switzerland as well as for its […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

Beyonce concert to broadcast in 150 territories

A concert in aid of female empowerment starring singer Beyoncé Knowles will broadcast in 150 territories, it has been confirmed. The Sound of Change concert on June 1 will see former Destiny’s Child star Beyoncé (left) joined by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Ellie Goulding, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu among the presenters. […]

August gets distributor and new series order for Ella Bella

August Media has teamed with Cake for international distribution of preschool series Ella Bella Bingo, TBI can reveal. The kids content company is currently making the second season the show with its creators, Norway-based Kool Produktion. It is also understood that NRK has ordered an additional 52 episodes of the show ahead of delivery of […]

BBC seals format deals for Mastermind

BBC Worldwide has struck agreements for international versions of long-running UK quiz show Mastermind. Mastermind has been on the BBC in the UK for 35 years and Worldwide, the commercial arm of the public broadcaster, has inked two format agreements for the show. It will air in Turkey and West Africa. In Turkey, Dogus Media […]

News brief: Nick Jr acquires Justin Time

Nick Jr. in France has bought seasons one and two of Canadian-produced animated series Justin Time. Season two 26x11mins show, which comes from Toronto’s Guru Studios, has also sold to Disney in Australia, Finland’s YLE and Israel’s Hop! channel. The show already broadcasts in more than 70 territories on channels such as NBC and Sprout […]

ZDF picks up sales rights to latest hit Scandi drama

ZDF Enterprises has taken international rights to Death of a Pilgrim, the latest hit Scandinavian drama series. The four-episode series is a coproduction between Danish public broadcaster DR and its Norwegian and Finnish counterparts NRK and YLE. Production company Chimney Pot and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Nordvision Fund were also partners […]