Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

BBC Special Forces head to Poland via Africa

Polish pubcaster TVP has acquired Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week. The local version of the reality competition series will be shot in South African city Johannesburg with Rapid Blue on production detail. BBC Worldwide sells the format and struck the Polish deal. It already works with Rapid Blue and the Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week […]

BBC First among nets hearing A Word

BBC First in the Benelux region is among five buyers of Keshet International’s British drama The A Word. UKTV in New Zealand, Polish pubcaster TVP, Brazilian cable and satellite provider Globosat, and South Korean public service network EBS are the other networks to acquire the BBC One six-parter, which soon launches a second season. Amazon […]

Scripps int’l chief to take on TVN presidency

Scripps Networks Interactive has named Jim Samples as president of its Polish subsidiary TVN, with Scripps chairman and president Kenneth Lowe taking the role of chairman of the Warsaw-based media group. Samples has headed up TVN on an interim basis since the departure of Markus Tellenbach in July last year. He will now serve as […]

UK-Poland deal as BBC, TVP agree pact

BBC Worldwide and TVP have agreed a deal that will see them make series together. The Polish pubcaster and the commercial arm of its UK equivalent have already teamed on projects including the David Tennant drama series Spies of Warsaw (pictured). A new letter of intent the pair have signed covers coproduction and programme sales […]

Another network joins int’l Globo drama

Uruguayan network Teledoce has become the latest coproducer of Globo’s first international drama, Supermax. Last week, Mediaset España and Mexico’s TV Azteca became partners on the show, which Brazil’s Globo first revealed in January at NATPE in Miami. Teledoce has now joined as a further strategic partner. “We are delighted to have Teledoce on board […]

Mediaset, Azteca join Globo drama copro

Mediaset España and Mexico’s TV Azteca are the latest channel groups to board the first Spanish-language drama from Brazilian broadcaster Globo. Supermax already counts Argentina’s pubcaster, TVP, and Oficina Burman as coproducers. The series is being produced for the international market. “We have two strategic goals with this project,” said Globo’s executive director of international […]

TVP joins Globo’s international original

Argentinian pubcaster TVP has come on board Supermax, the original drama Brazil’s TV Globo is making for the international market. Globo announced the series at NATPE, and it marks the Brazilian giant’s first wholly-original Spanish-language effort. Daniel Burman, the Argentine filmmaker behind the Spanish version, has written the series, which Globo will sell internationally. TVP […]

CBC, SVT buy Lanzmann doc

Pubcasters in Europe and North America are the latest to buy Adam Benzine’s documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah. Canadian CBC’s Documentary Channel, Sweden’s SVT, the Netherlands’ VPRO, Finland’s YLE and Poland’s TVP have acquired the 40-minute doc, along with Israel’s Channel 1. They join HBO in the US, ZDF/Arte in France and Germany, […]

Resignations over divisive Polish media law

The EU has said that a controversial new Polish media law, whose introduction led to the protest resignation of top TVP directors over the weekend, could trigger action under its ‘rule of law’ mechanism. Poland’s recently-elected conservative government is bringing media law changes that allow it to make key appointments and remove executives at Polish […]

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