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MIP TV 2008

TBI reports all the news and views from MIP TV…

  

3DD has acquired international rights to live fashion show Fashion Rocks. The show, which takes place in October, is organised by Media Rocks Group, William Morris and Branded Entertainment…

The History Channel launches in Poland and Hungary for the first time…

Granada Productions content will be available for download on the Film0n.com service…

Zeal Entertainment secures rights to the 2008 Miss World Festival

BBCWW inks multigenre VOD deal with ProSiebenSat.1; content available via ProSieben’s Maxdome service…

   

Playhouse Disney Channel launches on Latin American pay TV platforms Cablevisión, Multicanal and Teledigital…

Production starts on Chou Nu Wu Di (The Ugly Girl with no Rival), a Chinese version of Televisa telenovela La Fea mas Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl)…

The MDA (Singapore) and Canal France International launch the France-Singapore Cross-Platform Programme Challenge, a competition designed to unearth multiplatform content covering topics of interest in Europe and Asia…

MGM announces plan to launch a high definition version of the MGM Channel on the YES pay TV service in Israel…

Dutch  broadcaster SBS renews output deals with Disney-ABC International for shows such as Dirty Sexy Money and Samantha Who? and with Granada International for shows including Hell’s Kitchen USA and Brainiac: Science Abuse.   

The Weinstein Company inks deal with ABC-owned Lifetime to air model reality show Project Runway, moving it from NBC Universal-owned Bravo.  

Disney-ABC International inks deal with Israeli broadcaster Reshet to produce local version of The Amazing Race.   Belgian kids producer Studio B to produce preschool quizshow Kerwhizz for Cbeebies.   

Canadian producer distributor Decode to coproduce 100x20mins preschool series Way To Blue with RDF-owned The Foundation for Cbeebies.  

US adult animation company Kush Boys Studio has inked a deal with UK-based Fluorescant Media to produce an online series Master Kush.  

 i-concerts to launch online Youssou N’Dour concerts in Africa after inking deal with musician.   

A&E Television Networks extends programming acquisition and co-production deal with German public broadcaster ZDF.   

Televisa (Mexico) acquires Zinkia’s preschool series Pocoyo.  

Discovery-owned Animal Planet to co-produce 5x1hour wildlife series Pandamonium with France 5.           

Comcast International Media Group’s Style Network launches in seven territories or regions. The female-skewing net will launch on Multichoice (Africa); IPTV operator KPN (the Netherlands); Showtime (Middle East); PT Telekom (Portugal); Vectra (Poland); T-COM (Croatia); and Melitacable (Malta)…

EM.Entertainment shows to be carried on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV and digital download services. Selected kids titles will be available on the T-Home Entertain service and Videoload download store…

Shaftesbury Films’ one-hour drama series Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures greenlit by Astral Media’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertaiment’s Movie Central…

Trio of programme sales for Portfolio Entertainment. The indie producer/distributor sells Chef at Home to Canal+ Poland; Breathing Space Yoga to Zone Club (EMEA rights); and Animal Magnetism to Globosat (Brazil)…

Telemunchen (Germany), Sci Fi (the Benelux, France, Italy, Spain), TV6 (Sweden), M-Net (South Africa) and Genex Entertainment (India) all pick up RHI Entertainment’s live-action series Flash Gordon

Cartoon Network picks up Nelvana’s animated kids series Bakugan. Cartoon Network has picked up rights for Europe, excluding Spain, the Middle East and a host of territories in Asia…

Bavaria Media Television sells 3x90mins of crime series Aspe to German public broadcaster ZDF… 

Belgian producer Studio 100 inks a co-production deal with Amberwood Productions to produce Super Mega Hyper Pets.

Tandem Communications will distribute Starz Media’s series including Painkiller Jane and True Confesstions of a Hollywood Star after inking a co-operation deal.

RDF Rights acquires worldwide rights to October Films’ Caribbean Cops, Glamour Girls and Iraq: The Betrayal.

Fiver, the UK free-to-air digital channel, acquires Disney-ABC International’s reality series The Fashionista Diaries.

ITV (UK) picks up Canadian sci fi drama Sanctuary, produced by Tricon Film & Television, creators of Stargate SG-1.

Fox International Channels acquires Portman’s Australian crime drama Underbelly, produced by Screentime.

AETN inks video-on-demand deal with Korea Telecom for The History Channel.

Canadian networks The Movie Network and Movie Central pick up Shaftesbury Films’ Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.

Decode acquires Scrawl Studio’s Canadian/Singaporean animated series RPG High.

Imria inks co-production deal with Korea’s Vooz for 78x7mins animated series Myo & Ga; The Life of a Hero.

Chorion sells 52x11mins Olivia to Five (UK), YLE (Finland), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden), NRV (Norway)and RUV (Iceland).

Discovery’s international sales arm has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s feature length documentary Encounters at the End of the World. The Discovery Films movie is Herzog’s first film since Grizzly Man. Discovery has also inked a deal with UK broadcaster Five to sell and co-produce a number of programmes including Crimes That Shook The World and My Shocking Story.

Comcast International Media Group, the company formerly known as E! Entertainment, has sold 900 hours of programming to broadcasters in Asia. Ten (Australia) picks up Forbes Top 15 Supermodels, TV Works’ C4 (New Zealand) buys Girls Of The Playboy Mansion, Movie Plus (Japan) acquires The E! True Hollywood Story and Happy Movie Media licenses Behind The Scenes for CCTV (China).
Portfolio Entertainment sells pre school series Spellz to Ares Media (Turkey) and 26x30mins puppet series Igloo-Gloo to Chellomedia and Hit Entertainment recently launched pay TV channel Jim Jam.
US producer distributor Alchemy and German outfit Tele-Munchen Gruppe ink a deal to distribute CTV’s Canadian drama Flashpoint. The 13x1hr series, which is produced by Avamar Entertainment and Pink Sky Entertainment, was notably picked by US broadcaster CBS at Natpe…
Mipdoc is already well underway as factual producers, distributors and broadcasters start their wheeling and dealing over the weekend. TBI editor Stewart Clarke is chairing a panel – Zoom In On Asia: Co-production opportunities on Sunday April 6 at 14:30 – with executives from leading Asian companies including Japanese public broadcaster NHK…