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NEWS & FEATURES

  • C5 greenlights poverty doc
    Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned UK indie Spun Gold to make a documentary that investigates poverty through the eyes of children.
  • Samsung takes Cennarium into Brazil
    Fledgling video-on-demand service Cennarium has struck a deal with Samsung to deliver its content in Brazil via the technology giant’s connected devices.
  • No mean feat
    Revenues at Lionsgate TV Group hit new heights last year as appetite for quality drama grew and chairman Kevin Beggs sees no end in sight, as he tells Jonathan Webdale.
  • Fox bags Freak Show for UK
    Fox UK, part of the Fox International Channels group, has acquired rights to the first two seasons of unscripted reality series Freak Show from Endemol.
  • ITVSGE, Universal get on song
    ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Universal Music Group have teamed up to bring a Chinese singing format to a global audience.
  • TF1 takes on Cyber criminals
    French broadcaster TF1 has acquired free-to-air broadcast rights to CSI: Cyber, the latest instalment in the hit CBS forensic crime franchise.
  • Animal Planet goes ape in Borneo
    Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered an eight-part factual show for its Animal Planet channel in the UK from indie Blink Films.
  • TLC lines up miraculous series
    US cablenet TLC has ordered a Mark Burnett and Roma Downey reality series about people who claim they have experienced divine intervention.
  • Canada's Corus extends History pact
    Canadian French-language broadcaster Corus Média has expanded its agreement with A+E Networks, allowing it to air more content from the US firm's History channel.
  • Scripps hires Discovery exec
    Lifestyle specialist Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has named a Discovery Networks International exec as its new VP of programming.
  • Loeb sells Sony shares
    The founder of New York-based hedge fund Third Point has secured a 20% return on his investment in Sony Corp just over a year after calling for the company to be split up.
  • Fremantle makes branded content hire
    FremantleMedia has appointed a former Publicis and All3Media executive to help spearhead a greater push into branded content.
  • The CW’s Jane, Flash win full seasons
    US network The CW has ordered full seasons of freshman series The Flash and Jane The Virgin following strong early ratings.
  • Foxtel picks up Pistorius doc
    Australian channel Foxtel Crime & Investigation has acquired the rights to a factual special about the high-profile trial of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday.
  • Top execs line up to turn tech into TV
    A group of leading television development executives will come together with the most progressive tech entrepreneurs to 'turn tech into TV' through an initiative called ConTech, taking place as part of C21's FutureMedia event at Bafta on November 18.
  • Greece’s Star Channel adds US trio
    Greek network Star Channel has acquired series from CBS, USA Network and The CW as its latest crop of US shows.
  • Asahi sells home show into Thailand
    TIFFCOM: A Thai broadcaster has bought a home improvement show from Japan’s Asahi Broadcasting to air on its newly launched digital channels.
  • Pop ventures up Schitt’s Creek
    US cablenet Pop has picked up new Eugene Levy comedy Schitt’s Creek from ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • CBS, Weigel plan nostalgia net
    CBS and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting are linking up to roll out a new channel that will air more than 100 classic TV shows and a one-hour original talkshow.
  • NPO rides with Railway Man doc
    Dutch broadcaster NPO Doc has acquired a documentary about a former British solider and prisoner of war as he journeys again to the Far East to meet his Japanese torturer.
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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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