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RTL Crime Germany Picks Up Federation’s Hostages

PARIS: Federation Entertainment has sold the prime-time thriller Hostages to Mediengruppe RTL Germany’s pay-TV channel RTL Crime. Federation Entertainment and Armoza Formats represent both seasons of the series in their respective territories, with Federation covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada and Armoza Formats representing Asia, Latin America, Australia, ...

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Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi

A veritable British institution, Doctor Who is arguably the U.K.’s biggest scripted export, having reached more than 180 territories last year. The sci-fi show is such a massive cult hit that the periodic announcements of who will be the next Doctor have become television events in and of themselves. In ...

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Supergirl Gets Full-Season Order

LOS ANGELES: CBS has ordered an additional seven episodes of Supergirl, bringing the freshman drama to a full season of 20 episodes. The series launched October 26 on CBS and currently averages 11.24 million viewers. It has improved the year-ago time period by 46 percent in viewers. CBS has now ...

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Xilam to Introduce If I Were an Animal in Cannes

PARIS: French animation studio Xilam is set to unveil its brand-new kids’ show If I Were an Animal at MIPJunior and MIPCOM. The 39×7-minute series is co-produced by Boréales and is the first wildlife documentary series told by kids, for kids. Using footage that portrays life in the wild, each ...

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Winx Club Lands in Thailand

LONDON: Rainbow’s animated series Winx Club is set to premiere on JKN Channel in Thailand in October. This marks the first time the series will ever air on screens in Thailand. The satellite TV channel will debut season four of Winx Club this month. The series follows the adventures of ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Host NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice

UNIVERSAL CITY: Action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been tapped to host NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, taking over the role vacated by presidential contender Donald Trump. The series, which sees business-savvy celebrity contestants work in teams to win challenges or risk being fired, is set to return ...

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TV Adaptation for His Dark Materials

LONDON: Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials is being adapted for television by Jane Tranter's Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One. Pullman's acclaimed trilogy has sold almost 17.5 million copies worldwide since the first book, Northern Lights, was published in 1995. New Line Cinema released a film adaptation, ...

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Romanian Wheel of Fortune Renewed for Another Season

LOS ANGELES/LONDON: CBS Studios International and Kanal D have extended their licensing deal for the Wheel of Fortune format in Romania, where the popular game show is locally titled Roata Norocului. Roata Norocului, which debuted in 2012, is heading into its fifth season on Kanal D in Romania. The local ...

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Nickelodeon Play Rolls Out Across MENA Region

MILAN: Nickelodeon has partnered with pay-TV network OSN to introduce the Nickelodeon Play app into the Middle East and North Africa. As part of the team-up, authenticated OSN subscribers will receive exclusive access to a slew of English and Arabic content. Along with full episodes of Nick shows, the app ...

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Ink Global’s Masha and the Bear Spin-Off for 2016

LONDON: Ink Global has announced a spin-off of the kids’ show Masha and the Bear, to be titled Masha’s Scary Tales. The show’s first set of 13×6-minute episodes is due out at the start of next year, while the second 13×6-minute set will roll out in Q4 2016. Produced by ...

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