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  • NBC/Peacock pitches Michelle Wie West feature doc (Published in News) 28-02-2024
    NEWS BRIEF: US broadcast network NBC and sister streaming service Peacock have commissioned a feature doc on golfer Michelle Wie West, the 2014 US Women’s Open champion and the youngest woman ever to compete on the PGA Tour.
  • Playground Entertainment’s Colin Callender casts new light on return of Wolf Hall (Published in News) 28-02-2024
    LONDON SCREENINGS: Today, we hear from Colin Callender, founder & chairman of Playground Entertainment, about adapting the final novel in Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy, 10 years after the award-winning Wolf Hall.
  • London calling for Newen Connect (Published in Programming Profile) 27-02-2024
    Newen Connect’s Leona Connell highlights the company’s new slate for the London TV Screenings this week and outlines her strategy and priorities for 2024.

    Sarah Tong
    Leona Connell Newen Connect
    European distributor Newen Connect, part of France-based Newen Studios, is showcasing one documentary and two drama series at the London TV Screenings this week, all of which are brand new and being shown to buyers for the first time.

    The documentary, Master Sapiens, is a one-off docudrama produced by Pernel Media for Canal+ that uses 3D technology to explore the Lascaux Cave in France and the prehistoric people who decorated it with art 21,000 years ago.
  • Moonbug to launch on Allente in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland (Published in News) 27-02-2024
    NEWS BRIEF: Candle Media-owned Moonbug Entertainment is launching the Moonbug Channel on satcaster Allente in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
  • TV5Monde, RTS pick up concert shows from Amuz Distribution (Published in News) 27-02-2024
    NEWS BRIEF: French-language channel TV5Monde and Swiss broadcaster RTS have each acquired concert shows from Quebec-based Amuz Distribution.
  • Kellie Brown on WBD’s acquisitions plans for ANZ (Published in Development Slate) 27-02-2024
    LONDON SCREENINGS: Warner Bros Discovery’s Kellie Brown, who buys for the US studio’s channels and platforms in Australia and New Zealand, discusses her mission for her trip to London this week.
  • BBC Studios’ Matt Forde and RTÉ’s Dermot Horan talk Showcase and London TV Screenings (Published in News) 27-02-2024
    LONDON SCREENINGS: Today, we hear from Matt Forde, MD of global entertainment at BBC Studios, and Dermot Horan, director of acquisitions and coproductions for Irish pubcaster RTÉ, about their priorities at this year's Showcase and London TV Screenings.
  • Viaplay brings the best of Nordic content to London (Published in Programming Profile) 26-02-2024
    Vanda Rapti, exec VP of Viaplay Select and Content Distribution at Scandinavia’s Viaplay Group, gives her take on the changing market and the impact of the economic situation, and also highlights the company’s slate for the London TV Screenings this week.

    Sarah Tong
    Vanda Rapti, Viaplay Select and Content Distribution
    Given the changing industry landscape, how is Viaplay Content Distribution’s content strategy evolving? As a content distributor, we are in the unique position of being part of a large but not global streaming group, which has the upside of ‘best of both worlds.’ This means we have the benefits of the streamer on curation expertise, multi-territory licensing, commissioning leverage and understanding streamers and platforms’ needs, coupled with a high degree of flexibility and available rights to offer to partners around the world.

    We therefore have the ability to manoeuvre via both traditional content licensing as well as by offering curated business-to-business service with Viaplay Select, or create SVoD channels as appropriate to maximise value of our high-quality and varied content inventory. This approach comes in extra handy in these changing and challenging industry times and allows us to rise as a leading international content partner that best understands and adjusts to our clients’ needs and objectives and optimises monetisation for our inventory.
  • Steering STUDIOCANAL through a shifting landscape (Published in Programming Profile) 26-02-2024
    Anne Chérel, exec VP of global sales and distribution at STUDIOCANAL, outlines how the international market is changing, the new relationship between film and TV, and what new content the company has up its sleeve for the London Screenings.

    Anne Chérel
    Anne Chérel,
    How is the significance of the London Screenings changing in the industry calendar? The London Screenings event presents the opportunity to deliver a ‘deep dive’ into our new content with clients old and new. We are able to show both completed series and those in progress, in a relaxed and informative way, enabling buyers to enjoy a full and immersive experience of the look and feel of the programming we have to offer. We like to get under the skin of a series, introducing talent to our buyers – and giving them the chance to discuss their material first-hand with the people who will ultimately reveal their series to viewers throughout the world.

    How is the global market for drama changing, given the impact of the economy and the US strikes? The increase in the number of ways audiences can consume content means we have to be extremely creative in the way we select, develop and sell our series. And, as the market is increasingly competitive with more and more quality content, it is becoming harder to stand out from the crowd. So, we must work harder to ensure the series we have to offer are the ones that truly inspire and appeal to viewers on a global scale. It’s all about investing our time and money in bold, innovative and original programming and working with producers who share our vision and commitment to entertain.
  • Gary Barlow, ITV head to South Africa for travel series (Published in News) 26-02-2024
    NEWS BRIEF: UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a travel series with Gary Barlow, in which the Take That star will discover food and wine in South Africa.
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