German, Nordic, Spain deals for Canal+’s Versailles

French period drama Versailles has been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters including buyers in Germany and the Nordics. The epic period piece, which was made in English for French premium pay TV broadcaster Canal+, has been bought by pay TV operator C More for the Nordics. In Germany, Sky has bought the series […]

TERN commissions UHD shows for new net

Television Entertainment Reality Network has announced a raft of programme commissions to populate the launch of its UHD TV channel at the forthcoming MIPCOM TV market on October 5. TERN has commissioned Strix to produce Spartan X, a UHD reality show featuring twelve contestants who live and compete like Spartans enduring physical and mental challenges […]

Vivendi buys Can’t Stop, Flab Lab and Studio+

French media powerhouse Vivendi has made three prodco acquisitions in its ongoing content drive, including Can’t Stop Media, the formats creator and distributor run by former Zodiak Media executive Matthieu Porte. Vivendi has also bought French prodco Flab Lab, a talkshow specialist that is well-known in France, if not internationally. The third deal is for […]

Pickard and Bloom join Nevision

Nigel Pickard has joined the board of UK indie Nevision, which has also brought on producer Sharon Bloom to work up new scripted projects for the international market. Nevision was formed in 2013 by The Ruth Rendell Mysteries producer Neil Zeiger and one of the creators of Doc Martin, Tim Buxton, as a prodco and and funding […]

Ex-Top Gear presenter on Jungle Quest for Sky

Sky has ordered Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest, a two-part series in which the eponymous former Top Gear presenter heads to the Amazon to photograph exotic animals. The special will be produced by Zodiak-owned UK prodco IWC, which produces curent Sky hit Wild Things, and go out on the UK satcaster in September on Sky 1. […]

Zodiak takes Stand Up For Your Country

UK-based producer and distributor Zodiak has optioned Mexican-originated format Stand Up For Your Country across a swathe of territories. Zodiak has taken rights for the for US, UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, from format creator and Spanish-language giant Televisa. The show launched internationally at MIPCOM last month having been […]

Zodiak’s Lagewaard exits for Strix

Strix Holland has hired Tatiana Lagewaard as creative director. She joins production company Strix from Zodiak Nederland, the Dutch division of Zodiak Media, where she was head of development. The move reunites her with Roy Aalderink, who was CEO of Zodiak Nederland until March this year when he landed the role of Strix Holland chief […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]

BBC crafts swathe of format deals for Sewing Bee

BBC Worldwide has agreed deals for local versions of its Sewing Bee format in France, Norway and Sweden. David Weiland, Worldwide’s executive VP, Western Europe, told TBI about the deals from the ongoing BBC Showcase event in Liverpool. The fact-ent format, which was created by Bake Off producer Love Productions, has also been optioned Italy, […]

CEO of Zodiak’s Marathon Media exits

Vincent Chalvon-Demersay has left Marathon Media, the French kids producer that is part of Zodiak Media. Zodiak said Chalvon-Demersay left the company a few days ago (November 17) and has sold his small equity stake in Zodiak to its parent company De Agostini. He joined Marathon in 1999 and between January 2012 and September 2013 […]