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NEWS & FEATURES

  • Into the swing of copros
    German pubcaster WDR has begun its push into the global coproduction market, the company's head of content and international TV sales tells Nico Franks.
  • Discovery outlines Family planning
    US cablenet Discovery Family, formerly The Hub Network, will target parents and kids with hundreds of hours of primetime originals in 2015 but is holding onto the My Little Pony franchise, according to its GM.
  • Barcroft gets Grylls on YouTube
    International adventurer Bear Grylls has teamed up with UK production company Bancroft Media to launch a YouTube channel.
  • Utopia scoops International Emmy
    UK conspiracy thriller Utopia won the coveted Best Drama prize at the 42nd International Emmy Awards in New York on a night dominated by British productions.
  • Twofour shops factual Down Under
    Broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand have picked up more than 60 hours of factual and lifestyle content from the international distribution arm of UK prodco Twofour.
  • DLT adds BBC, Twofour alums
    Transatlantic producer and distributor DLT Entertainment has appointed a senior executive from Twofour Broadcast and the former head of new comedy at the BBC to bolster its development team.
  • ITV courts more Judge Rinder
    NEWS BRIEF: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a further two seasons of courtroom series Judge Rinder to air in 2015.
  • TNT Brazil to remake Israel’s Allenby
    The Brazilian version of Turner Broadcasting System’s TNT channel has commissioned a local adaptation of Israeli psychological drama Allenby, following a deal with Armoza Formats.
  • BBC makes Pointless renewal
    The BBC has ordered 148 more episodes of popular gameshow Pointless from Endemol-owned Remarkable Television, taking the series total to almost 1,000 shows.
  • Factory appoints former Discovery exec
    UK-based sports and lifestyle producer Factory Media has hired a former executive producer at Discovery Channel to oversee its content on both traditional and digital platforms.
  • Hulu salvages ABC’s Selfie
    The remaining episodes of axed ABC sitcom Selfie are heading to US video-on-demand platform Hulu.
  • CBeebies gets festive with Q Pootle 5
    NEWSBRIEF: UK preschool channel CBeebies has acquired the Q Pootle 5 Christmas special, produced by Snapper Productions in the UK and distributed by Germany's ZDF Enterprises.
  • Crossbones sails into Germany, China
    Broadcasters and subscription VoD services from Germany, China and the Middle East are amongst those to have acquired NBC pirate drama Crossbones from distributor Sierra/Engine TV.
  • Bomanbridge plants Earthtree in Asia
    Singapore-based producer and distributor Bomanbridge Media has partnered with Earthtree Media to shop the Norwegian producer's content to broadcasters in Asia.
  • Discovery Life seeks out Mistress
    The soon-to-launch Discovery Life channel has ordered a series about the secret world of mistresses to debut in January 2015.
  • Int'l nets go wild for Kratts
    Broadcasters in France, Portugal and the Middle East have acquired animated nature series Wild Kratts, which was recently commissioned for a fourth season.
  • FIC cooks up with Eastwood
    Fox International Channels has ordered an English-language cookery show starring nutrition expert Harry Eastwood that explores both healthy and unhealthy foods available in Paris.
  • Zodiak hires former TV4 exec
    Zodiak Rights, the international sales division of Zodiak Media, has appointed a former acquisitions manager at TV4 in Sweden as its first dedicated sales executive in Scandinavia.
  • Endemol seals Amber pact
    Endemol has entered into an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with UK production outfit Amber Television.
  • Bell bags up Amazon's Bosch
    Canadian broadcaster Bell Media will air the forthcoming television adaptation of Michael Connelly’s Bosch crime novels after securing rights to the show.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Missing the hits Drama was king last week in Cannes as factual players looked for ways to grow that didn’t include innovative break-out hits. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Spoilt for choice Last week in Cannes was dominated by talk about subscription VoD and online strategies as new and old media continued their dance along the Croisette, writes Andrew Dickens.
  • Sizing up scripted Drama has been hot for the past few years but at this week's Mipcom it was positively scorching, despite the torrential downpours that drenched some delegates.
  • In short order The popularity of shortform content on mobile and the web wasn't lost on industry executives at MipJunior and Mipcom this week. But what are channels and producers doing to capitalise on the trend? Nico Franks reports.
  • Mipcom: Stay healthy Kristi Sanders, CEO and founder of holistic health blog The Glow Life, tells Mipcom delegates what they need to know to stay healthy this week.
  • Ahead of the game Gameshows have undergone a resurgence in France recently, with DTT channels entering the genre and France 2 developing new programming. Marie-Agnés Bruneau reports.
  • A crafty purchase Minecraft, one of the most popular kids' properties around, won't be on TV anytime soon, despite video being an integral part of its success. Nico Franks reports from BLE in London.
  • Keeping the wolf from the door Todd Lituchy, CEO of London indie New Media Vision, tells Clive Whittingham about the distributor's move into production and its first factual project.
  • Future hits and myths Ancient mythology, murder mystery, black humour, political suspense and period spectacle all get a look-in as Ed Waller picks out the new shows most likely to cause a stir at Mipcom – and finds drama is by far the dominant genre.
  • Scare tactics International buyers could be in for a shock at Mipcom next week if the producers of a new BBC drama have their way. Nico Franks reports.
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