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NEWS & FEATURES

  • SVT programming chief to exit
    SVT’s programming director Martin Österdahl is stepping down after 10 years at the Swedish pubcaster to pursue other interests.
  • Zodiak appoints kids MD in France
    Zodiak Media has promoted an executive from its drama division to oversee the company's French animation firms, following the departure of Télé Images Productions' president.
  • Delving into the archives
    Andy Williams, MD at UK production and archive firm ITN Source, tells Clive Whittingham how new development workshops are opening up affordable historical doc opportunities for indie producers.
  • BBC explores Children's options
    BBC Children's production division could become part of the new commercial arm being planned by director general Tony Hall that will allow the UK pubcaster to "compete and compare" when producing shows.
  • Hastings: linear TV dead by 2030
    The CEO of US streaming giant Netflix has predicted that linear television will cease to exist by 2030.
  • Fox commits to Murder in UK
    Fox UK, part of Fox International Channels group, has acquired rights to the first season of US cablenet TNT's crime drama Murder In the First.
  • Das Erste shoots serial killer story
    German national broadcaster Das Erste has started filming an adaptation of a novel by Scottish author Craig Russell.
  • RTL shifts licences to Luxembourg
    European broadcast giant RTL Group is set to move the licences for its Hungarian cable channels to Luxembourg, blaming the poor economic situation in Hungary.
  • Fox takes Red Band Society off air
    US network Fox is pulling its remake of Spanish drama The Red Band Society (aka Polseres Vermelles), produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and ABC Studios.
  • CBC catches ITV's Shadows
    Canadian broadcaster CBC has bolstered its scripted offering by picking up a crime drama from ITV in the UK.
  • France 5 reels in tuna doc
    Pubcaster France Télévisions has commissioned Paris-based Pernel Media to produce a documentary about tuna fishing and another about iconic Parisian street the Champs Elysées.
  • Shine USA exec returns to Oz
    Shine USA’s executive in charge of unscripted programming is re-joining Shine Australia early next year in the newly created role of director of content.
  • Trash or Treasure goes Dutch
    A Dutch broadcaster has become the first to order a local version of primetime gameshow format Trash or Treasure, after it was launched by Zodiak Rights at Mipcom last month.
  • Hazlitt exits ITV
    Fru Hazlitt, ITV’s MD of commercial and online, is to step down after almost five years to move overseas with her family.
  • FIC merges Turkish operations
    Fox International Channels is combining its pay-TV business and free-to-air channel in Turkey into a single operational unit led by Adam Theiler.
  • US sales chief exits Red Arrow
    The head of sales at the US arm of German distributor Red Arrow International is leaving the company and returning to Europe.
  • BBC cuts put content at risk
    The BBC is aiming to shave another £400m (US$630m) from its annual budget with programming set to be affected, according to a report from the UK pubcaster.
  • Peppa prompts eOne appointment
    Entertainment One has agreed a series of deals in Asia for its preschool series Peppa Pig and hired a territory manager to oversee the brand in the region.
  • Justice Network plots original strategy
    Soon-to-launch US channel Justice Network is looking to expand its original production offering within two years and aims to spread its reach to 100% of the country.
  • BBC launches online football drama
    The BBC is launching an interactive football drama as part of its First World War season.
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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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