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NEWS & FEATURES

  • French lessons
    Factual coproduction may be in decline generally as broadcasters seek more local stories, but there are still opportunities in France if you know how to take advantage of them. Clive Whittingham reports.
  • Young's Smarty adds Place in the Sun
    Fledgling factual distributor Orange Smarty has secured international rights to A Place In The Sun, the property hunting show on Channel 4 in the UK.
  • Canal+ axes cabsat trio
    Canal+ is planning to close three of its cabsat channels, 24-year-old network Jimmy, along with lifestyle stations Maison+ and Cuisine+.
  • Vice branches into Balkans
    The Serbian version of youth-skewing daily newscast Vice will launch next month and produce content for all Balkan countries via the company’s relationship with Greece’s Antenna Group.
  • MTG rocked by Russian regulations
    European broadcast giant Modern Times Group is already feeling the effects of the changing media landscape in Russia but says it is exploring ways to work within new regulations.
  • Keshet adds UK duo
    The UK arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group has brought in execs from Shine Group and John Stanley Productions to grow its formats and comedy production operations.
  • Another blow for Aereo
    US internet TV start-up Aereo has again been barred from streaming live television to subscribers after a federal judge ruled it had violated broadcasters’ copyrights.
  • Miranda ends BBC run
    BBC sitcom Miranda will not return after a coming Christmas special but the comedian behind the show has hinted that she could still be set to revive a classic UK gameshow format.
  • Netflix uncovers Bloodline
    Netflix will roll out Bloodline, its new original drama from the creators of legal thriller Damages, across its SVoD service in all territories early next year.
  • Bomanbridge sells to India, Japan
    Broadcasters across Asia have secured a raft of shows from Singapore producer-distributor Bomanbridge Media, following the company's trip to Mipcom in Cannes last week.
  • ABC bags Cherry for Phantom
    US network ABC is prepping its next show based on a musical and has lined up Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for the adaptation.
  • AMC buys BBC America stake
    AMC Networks has paid US$200m for a 49.9% stake in BBC America, the US cable network owned and operated by BBC Worldwide that airs Doctor Who and Orphan Black.
  • Storyville ups Christopher
    Betsy Schechter's fledgling New York production outfit Storyville Entertainment has promoted Caroline Christopher to senior VP of development and production.
  • Al Jazeera onboard Greek/French copro
    Independent producers in Greece, Cyprus and France have teamed with the Al Jazeera English channel for a documentary about women's rights in India.
  • The last barrier
    Stina Honkamaa Bergfors and Malte Andreasson of United Screens argue that media is becoming more international and that focusing on local means a race to zero.
  • Wind in the Willows set for reboot
    Children’s production outfit Hoho Entertainment has linked up with Martin Gates Productions and Cloth Cat Animation on an animated series based on Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.
  • IMAC to exit Whizz Kid
    UK production outfit Whizz Kid Entertainment is lining up potential investors after media group Ingenious revealed it is winding down one of its funds, which has a large stake in the company.
  • C5 commits to originals, news
    UK broadcaster Channel 5 will stick to its pledge to increase its output of original productions and news programming following its acquisition by US media giant Viacom.
  • BBC orders Afghan war doc
    NEWS BRIEF: The BBC has ordered a two-part investigative documentary from Ten Alps-owned Blakeway Productions that examines why the UK sent troops into Afghanistan in 2006.
  • NBCU enters Irish format pact
    NBCUniversal International Television Production has formed a partnership with an Irish broadcaster that will see the two develop new formats.
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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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