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Orange Smarty claims £250k in post-MIPCOM deals

UK indie distributor Orange Smarty has sold a 50-hour package of programming to Foxtel and inked several deals for A Place in the Sun (pictured) amid a flurry of deals struck at MIPCOM and in the weeks since the market. It said the deals were worth £250,000 (US$310,000). Former Electric Sky exec Karen Young set up […]

China’s Schindlers set for RTVE, ORF

Broadcasters in Europe have bought China’s Schindlers, a New Zealand-produced documentary about two Chinese men who provided safe haven for Jews and Chinese soldiers before and during World War II. The ZDF Enterprises-distributed doc has been acquired by Histoire in France, RTVE in Spain, The History Channel Germany and ORF in Austria. In pay TV, […]

Discovery sub-licenses Olympics to ORF

Discovery has inked a deal with ORF that sees the Austrian pubcaster sub-license Olympics TV rights from the US channels giant. Discovery snagged European rights to the Olympics between 2018-2024 in a US$1.45 billion deal last year. It has since been striking deals with free-to-air channels, including the BBC in the UK, for the rights. […]

Scandi pubcasters buy Universum docs

Public broadcasters in Scandinavia have bought documentary programming from Austria’s ORF. DR in Denmark took a selection of Universum-branded docs, including Africa’s Wild West and Wild Venice, which has been a big seller for ORF Enterprises, ORF’s commercial arm. DR and Sweden’s SVT have also committed to ORF’s next 4K two-parter The Canary Islands, which […]

Shrek producer to reboot evolution show

John Williams, who produced the Shrek feature films, has acquired rights to make an animated TV version of 2002 documentary series The Future is Wild. Williams’ Vanguard Films has picked up the rights to the property from The Future is Wild Australia, a Melbourne-based company that controls the rights. Besides producing Shrek movies, producer Williams […]

Nat Geo buys ORF national park doc

National Geographic Channels International has acquired ORF Universum documentaries Making an Ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park and Dolomites – in the Heroes’ Garden. The deals were among a number the commercial arm of Austrian broadcaster ORF, ORF Enterprises, closed at the German Screenings. SRC in Canada also bought 4K wildlife doc Wild Venice, Return […]

ABC adapting Austrian hour-long

Broadcast network ABC is adapting an Austrian comedy, Braunschlag, for the US market. The deal is a script commitment with a significant penalty attached – meaning ABC will have to pay out if it does move forwards with the project. This is the second pilot from the commercial arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF, ORF Enteprises, […]

ABC to remake Austrian drama

US broadcast network ABC has ordered a pilot script of Austrian-created scripted format Janus. The crime drama will be reworked in the US by Europacorp Television Studios USA, which picked up the remake rights in the US from ORF Enterprise, the commercial arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF. The deal has a script-plus-penalty structure, and was […]

ORF, CCTV10 traverse the Himalayas

Austria’s ORF and Chinese statecaster CCTV10 are going into production on a three-part wildlife series, Sky River of the Himalayas. Produced in 4K, the show reveals the nature and wildlife that lives in and around the famous Asian river region. CITVC’s VP, Lynn Zhang will sign the coproduction agreement on behalf of CCTV10 at the ORF […]

ORF’s Austrian SVOD JV to fight Netflix, Amazon

Austrian pubcaster ORF has entered into a joint venture with local SVOD portal Flimmit in a bid to counteract overseas players Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. ORF’s commercial arm ORF Enterprise will supply indie on-demand start-up Flimmit with premium German-language and European-produced movies, series and documentaries after upping its investment in the company from […]

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