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30 years of TBI: New World Order (2010)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2010 there were parallels to the rise M&A activity we have seen in the past year. While today we’re looking at the Fox/Disney or AT&T/Time Warner tie-ups, eight […]

New deals for controversial Banijay format

All Against 1, the Banijay format at the centre of an IP dispute with FremantleMedia, has been racked up new deals in Denmark, Finland and Norway, with a free TV deal in the works in Germany. FremantleMedia-backed alleges the show is a copy of its Dori Media-distributed format Best of All. A formats dispute erupted […]

M7 appoints former Zodiak CEO in shakeup

Luxembourg-based M7 Group has named former Zodiak Media CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin (pictured) chairman of the board as part of a broader management shakeup at the firm. The pan-European satellite pay TV operator said the changes are designed to accelerate growth plans as the firm looks to develop its “content-centric approach”. M7 also upped chief […]

CBeebies, Zodiak execs launch kids prodco

Jon Hancock and David Hallam have created a new Manchester- based kids indie, Three Arrows Media. Former CBeebies producer Hancock and Zodiak Kids head of development Hallam have the new business up and running with a development deal with CBeebies, and project for Discovery Kids Asia. They also co-own a new format that is being […]

Ex-Zodiak US chief creates Pandemo

Veteran exec Jonny Slow has launched a new US-based content company, Pandemo, and has a show in development for MTV in the US with the prodco set up by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Slow exited Zodiak Media last year. Having been COO of Zodiak Media (now Banijay Group), Slow oversaw the reorganisation of the […]

Jackson exits Banijay, joins Blue Ant

Banijay Group global sales chief Michael Jackson has left the company and joined Blue Ant International. Jackson’s exit comes after those of Emmanuelle Namiech, Jimmy Humphrey and several other former Banijay International sales execs in the wake of the company’s merger with Zodiak Media. TBI understands that the only member of the former Banijay International […]

Mutimer to run sales at Banijay-Zodiak

Zodiak Rights boss Tim Mutimer has landed the top distribution job at the soon-to-merge Banijay-Zodiak group, TBI has learned, with Banijay International boss Emmanuelle Namiech exiting. Mutimer has been CEO of Zodiak Rights since 2014 when he replaced Steve Macallister, who is now running All3Media International. Mutimer will helm the new rights arm of the […]

US SVOD service lands Oz drama, Brit comedy

Acorn TV has picked up Australian legal drama Janet King: The Enemy Within and UK comedy Very British Problems for its US streaming service. Acorn, which is owned by Agatha Christie company RLJ, programmes its service with drama and docs from international markets. Janet King, which is produced by Screentime and distributed by DCD Media, […]

German, Nordic, Spain deals for Canal+’s Versailles

French period drama Versailles has been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters including buyers in Germany and the Nordics. The epic period piece, which was made in English for French premium pay TV broadcaster Canal+, has been bought by pay TV operator C More for the Nordics. In Germany, Sky has bought the series […]

TERN commissions UHD shows for new net

Television Entertainment Reality Network has announced a raft of programme commissions to populate the launch of its UHD TV channel at the forthcoming MIPCOM TV market on October 5. TERN has commissioned Strix to produce Spartan X, a UHD reality show featuring twelve contestants who live and compete like Spartans enduring physical and mental challenges […]

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