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Paris-based production and distribution giant Banijay Group plans to invest around US$31.3m in new IP before the end of the year to feed its catalogue and productions, according to a new filing related to its public listing as part of FL Entertainment.
RTL Deutschland is pooling its expertise in license and merchandising marketing by merging its previously separate units.
NATPE BUDAPEST: 1+1 Media in Ukraine is looking for copro partners for a reality TV show that has been developed to help viewers prepare for war.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Estonian public broadcaster ERR is seeking international remakes of a format in which participants are challenged to set up a restaurant from scratch with the smallest possible impact on the environment.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Endeavor Content is in Central and Eastern Europe looking to plug a gap in the market opened up by US studios keeping content for their own streaming services, according to executive director Fabio Etienne-Tinchant.
Boat Rocker-backed Canadian prodco Insight Productions has promoted Alex Kitz to senior VP, business and legal affairs.
Léonor Grandsire, the former MD for Southern Europe at NBCUniversal Networks, has been named deputy MD of Newen Group’s French arm.
European production and distribution group Banijay has moved quickly to appoint a new CEO for its subsidiary Endemol Shine India.
Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV has appointed a new president and established a content strategy division to co-develop and coproduce "large-scale" projects with international streamers, broadcasters and producers.
LA-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has closed its acquisition of rival talent agency ICM Partners, the companies announced today.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Media Group Ukraine is developing a trio of drama projects based on the incredible stories of courage that have emerged since Russia's invasion began earlier this year, including one about a bomb-sniffing dog.
Spanish broadcaster Mediaset today announced two agreements to adapt classic unscripted formats The Farm and The Bachelorette.
Endemol Shine India’s CEO Abhishek Rege is leaving the Banijay-owned production company after 15 years.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Greek broadcaster Alpha TV has commissioned Athens-based indie Barking Well Media to produce a version of UK entertainment format All Together Now.
Global streamer Netflix is looking to build on its slate of reality series in Spain with more original formats to meet audience demand for the genre.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Formats distributor Small World IFT is showing its support for the Ukrainian TV industry by agreeing to waive option and format fees for its slate of properties from the war-torn country.
UK industry training body ScreenSkills has published research that predicts film and high-end TV production spending is likely to reach between £7.07bn (US$8.66bn) and £7.66bn by 2025, up from £5.64bn in 2021.
Netflix has renewed its real estate series Selling Sunset for another two seasons, in addition to unveiling several new and returning series from companies including Spoke Studios and Critical Content.
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Group has outlined changes to its content strategy in light of what it calls “supply problems” as US studios retain more content for their own platforms.
Global streamer Netflix has axed 300 more positions as it looks to cut costs across its business in response to stalled subscriber growth.
CONECTA: A new law in Spain seemingly intended to promote independent production is causing consternation among local indies, who believe it could have the opposite effect.
Broadcasters and platforms across the Central and Eastern European region have acquired more than 250 hours of drama and factual shows from UK-based distributor DCD Rights.
European content giant Banijay remains “on course” to go public on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange next week via the special-purpose-acquisition-company deal that was unveiled last month.
Canadian public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada has hailed a “landmark” regulatory decision that it said will enable it to evolve in a digital landscape, serve a broader swathe of the population and create more diverse content.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has taken another step forward in its quest to modernise the Canadian Broadcasting Act and bring online streaming services under domestic regulation.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local remake of the US culinary format Next Level Chef.
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is launching her own entertainment company backed by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company.
Jeffrey Schlesinger, the former president of Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution, is investing in Singapore-headquartered online rights marketplace Vuulr and joining its advisory board.
Industry veteran Michael Carrington will leave his role as director of entertainment and specialist at ABC in Australia next month to return to the production sector.
Albert, the BAFTA-owned screen industry organisation for environmental sustainability, has launched a new tool for editorial teams to support more climate content across all genres.

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