MIPTV 2010

French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, left, and Cannes Mayor Bernard Brochand at MIPTV on Monday (Getty)

TV market runs April 12-16

MIPTV delegates stranded by volcanic ash
A dense atmospheric cloud of volcanic ash drifting southwards from Iceland has left thousands of MIPTV executives facing travel chaos Thursday. Full story

MIPTV ends on upbeat note for TV biz
Consensus is recovery, slow but steady, has begun. Full story

Star Media plans World War II doc epic
Star Media, one of Russia's largest production companies, is looking to put an Eastern spin on World War II with an epic documentary series in the vein of Thames Television's groundbreaking "World At War." Full story

April 14, 2010

BSkyB CEO addresses piracy at MIPTV
BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch said that a three-pronged attack from piracy, regulation and commoditization threatened "dark shadows" over the value of content, with consequences that would damage producers, studios and consumers alike. Full story

'The Parents' headed to Russia
Russian producer Yellow Black and White has bought format rights at MIPTV to localize a family comedy from Canada called "The Parents." Full story

Scrawl, MDAS ink co-production deal
At MIPTV on Tuesday, Singapore animation company Scrawl Studios, in collaboration with the Media Development Authority of Singapore, unveiled five co-production deals worth $14 million. Full story

Televisa, CCTV to co-produce telenovela
Two international TV giants -- China's CCTV and Mexico's Televisa -- are joining forces to jointly produce and distribute a Chinese telenovela. Full story

Schwartzkopff partners with Talpa in Germany
Hamburg-based Schwartzkopff TV has signed a co-production deal with John de Mol's Talpa Media to be the exclusive production partner for Talpa formats for the German market. Full story

MGM Channel to debut in South Africa
Movies from "Some Like It Hot" to "Mandela" will be beamed to subscribers on the just announced MGM Channel set to debut May 1 in South Africa on a new paybox called Top-TV. Full story

Germany's ZDF locks up sales for series
Germany's ZDF Enterprises has made a killing with its crime series at MIPTV. Full story

Nickelodeon, Studio 100 team for 'Anubis'
Nickelodeon and Belgium-based producer/licenser Studio 100 are joining forces on a new version of live action series "House of Anubis." Full story

MTV Russia takes ABC Family shows from Disney
Walt Disney Russia licensed seasons one and two of the hit ABC Family show to MTV Russia, along with teen gymnastics drama "Make It Or Break It." Full story

Studio Hamburg takes stake in TV outfit
German TV production giant Studio Hamburg has taken a 25.1% stake in Cologne-based Gruppe 5. Full story

April 13, 2010

Aussie 'Prank Patrol' getting new episodes
Australia's ABC3 and activeTV are teaming for 39 new half-hour episodes of the Aussie version of the children's reality series "Prank Patrol," created by Canada's Apartment 11 Prods. Full story

Italy's Rete 4 licenses 'Four Weddings'
Italy's Rete 4, owned by Mediaset, has licensed ITV Studios' primetime international format "Four Weddings" for local production. Full story

Fireworks presells 'Guys Choice Awards'
Fireworks International, the TV and digital distribution arm of ContentFilm, has presold the 2010 "Guys Choice Awards," originally aired and produced by MTV's cable channel Spike TV, to 90 territories. Full story

Scripps Int'l acquires series for Food Network
Scripps Networks International, the global development arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, has acquired the SBS Australia original series "Luke Nguyen's Vietnam" for its globally distributed Food Network. Full story

Vertice 360 launches int'l sales division
Spanish content powerhouse Vertice 360 has set up its own international sales operation, Vertice Sales, to handle the group's product, as well as to represent independent producers. Gonzalo Sagardia will head the new division. Full story

'Wire' star calls for Brit TV to diversify
"The Wire" star Idris Elba wants British television to stop talking onscreen diversity and "just do it": Put more actors of color onto Brit shows and series. Full story

Jonathan Miller predicts online pay models
The glory days of freeville are over and even online champions of gratis contents such as Google and Hulu will be forced to charge for top-end content. Full story

Granada Germany, RTL in triple script deal
Granada Germany has signed a multi-project deal with RTL Television to develop three original scripted projects for the German commercial giant. Full story

DRG, CBC seal distribution pact
London-based distributor DRG International Tuesday announced a landmark pact with Canadian broadcaster CBC. Full story

BBC's African channel acquires ITV titles
BBC Worldwide's African channel BBC Entertainment has picked up ITV Studios distributed titles "The Street" and "Miranda." Full story

Telepool signs multiple series deals
German series have been strong sellers for Telepool at MIPTV this year, with the Munich-based group closing deals in France and Canada for its serialized catalog.  Full story

April 12, 2010

New Zealand lands first International Emmy
New Zealand made history Monday night in Cannes by nabbing its first-ever International Emmy. Full story

RHI, Syfy to co-produce two movies
RHI Entertainment and Syfy will co-produce two movies which will air on the channel Stateside in 2011 and are available for worldwide licensing at MIPTV. Full story

Hasbro Studios hires Cartoon Network exec
Hasbro Studios has tapped international programming and distribution exec Finn Arnesen, who comes to the studio from managing European operations at Cartoon Network, to lead its foreign expansion. He will report to Hasbro Studios president Stephen Davis. Full story

Starz, Electus co-developing two series
Starz is teaming with Electus to co-develop and co-finance two new series for the U.S. pay player: the medieval period drama "William the Conqueror" and a modern-day action thriller, "Peace Keeping." Full story

'Murdoch' renewed by Citytv, Alibi
Murdoch Mysteries," a Canuck series set in 1895 Toronto, has been renewed by Citytv in Canada and by UKTV's crime drama channel Alibi in Britain. Full story

HBO, BBC, France 2 Beta load 'Guns'
HBO and the BBC have trained their sites on "The Guns of August," getting behind a 4x90 minute historical miniseries based on the Pulitzer-prize winning book by Barbara Tuchman about the first months of World War I. Full story

PBS sells catalog to Autentic for Germany
PBS International has signed a long-term distribution deal with Germany's Autentic for German-language rights to the public broadcaster's entire catalog. Full story

ZDF sells to Smithsonian Channel
The Smithsonian Channel, the joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institute, has picked up five documentary features from Germany's ZDF Enterprises. Full story

MTV seals int'l sales deals on 'Penguins'
MTV Networks International has closed more than 40 sales deals for Nickelodeon's CG animated series "The Penguins of Madagascar," it was announced Monday. Full story

Mediapeers, Astra join forces on B2B
Berlin-based B2B group mediapeers has signed a deal with satellite technology company Astra Platform Services (APS) that will see APS handle the delivery of TV series and films between mediapeers clients. Full story

Discovery, Demand sign 3-year U.K. DVD deal
Discovery Enterprises and Demand Media have signed a three-year DVD output deal for the U.K. and Ireland. Full story

Zodiak delivers 'Holiday' format to BBC1
Pan-European producer distributor Zodiak Entertainment is heading for a U.K. vacation after signing a deal for its "Save My Holiday" format with BBC1. Full story

Nick Jr. takes Pocoyo for U.S.
Nick Jr. has picked up U.S. broadcast syndication rights for the CGI animated preschool series Pocoyo. Full story

Universal Networks in global expansion
Universal Networks International has grown its international channel portfolio by 400% since 2007 and plans accelerated global expansion. Full story

Fremantle-Fuji form alliance
Fuji Television and FremantleMedia have set up a closer partnership to co-develop and produce TV formats for the international market. Full story

Strand picks up 'A Somewhat Gentle Man'
Strand Releasing has picked up Norwegian crowd-pleaser "A Somewhat Gentle Man" for North America from TrustNordisk. Full story

Instavision to produce 'Trauma Team'
It's all fun and gaming until someone gets hurt on "Trauma Team," a new medical drama format set for global release via digital distribution and production company Instavision. Full story

April 11, 2010

MIPTV buyers looking for affordable fare
Emerging from a recession-battered global TV market, buyers and sellers will convene on the Riviera this week to talk co-production, formats and low-cost production at the TV sales market MIPTV. Full story

Broadcasters air content concerns at MIPDOC
Broadcasters want more content for the same money, leaving producers feeling the squeeze, delegates at the MIPDOC in Cannes heard Sunday. Full story

Comcast Int'l licenses shows in Asia
Comcast International Media Group on Sunday unveiled a host of licensing deals with Asian outlets for shows from its quartet of U.S. cable channels -- E!, Style, G4 and the Golf Channel. Full story

Sony TV inks sponsorship for soccer doc
Sony Pictures Television has scored a brand partnership for its global soccer doc "How to Win the FIFA World Cup" with lubricant giant Castrol. The deal was unveiled Sunday on the eve of MIPTV by SPT chief creative officer Mike Morley. Full story

Comcast ups Lee Raftery to senior vp
Comcast's Lee Raftery comes to Cannes with a promotion in his pocket. He has just been upped to senior vp international marketing for the Comcast International Media Group. Full story

Greenpeace doc announced at MIPTV

Jerry Rothwell ("Deep Water") is to direct a feature documentary about the Canada-originating environmental group Greenpeace from Insight Production Company and Met Film. Full story

April 10, 2010