Tinopolis Group buys back Vitruvian shareholdings
Indie TV prodco and distribution group Tinopolis has taken full ownership of the company after buying back its shareholdings from private equity firm Vitruvian.
Vitruvian invested in the indie producer in 2008, and under the partnership, Tinopolis has grown to have companies in both the U.S. and UK markets.
“Vitruvian has been a fantastic partner and together we have grown Tinopolis into a true TV production and distribution powerhouse. Now the time is right for Tinopolis to take back full control to steer the group into its next growth phase,” said Arwel Rees, CEO of the Tinopolis Group, in a statement.
The Tinopolis Group provides television content to the UK while producing programs for various networks in the U.S.
The group’s portfolio of production companies includes global sports producer Sunset+Vine, Mentorn Media, Firecracker, Pioneer, Tinopolis Cymru, Thunderclap Media, A.Smith & Co and Magical Elves in the U.S. Tinopolis also has its own distribution arm, Passion.
Comedy Central International greenlights Game Junkies
Comedy Central International has greenlit the comedy entertainment show Game Junkies (w/t) from Gobstopper TV.
The 22-minute pilot will be shot in front of a live studio audience in London and in Scotland. It will be hosted by a trio of popular British comedians who are passionate about computer games and its surrounding fan culture.
Hosted by comedic gaming fans Rick Edwards, Vick Hope and Phil Wang, the program will also feature a celebrity guest who faces several rounds of gaming orientated fun.
The pilot is being produced for Gobstopper TV by Jon Riley and is exec produced by the prodco’s MD, Ross McCarthy (pictured). The show was developed by Comedy Central International’s VP, director of content development and production, Allan Sperling.
Bear Grylls Survival School, To Life get British Academy noms
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has unveiled the nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards.
Leading the way with seven nominations is online educational platform TrueTube. The channel is nominated for Channel of the Year, while its series To Life has been nominated in the factual category.
Other contenders in the factual category include Absolute Genius Monster Builds (CBBC Productions/CBBC); Inside My Head: A Newsround Special (CBBC Productions/CBBC) and My Life: Born to Vlog (Blakeway North/CBBC).
Elsewhere, Bear Grylls Survival School from Potato for ITV Studios picked up a nomination in the entertainment category, along with The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC Children’s Scotland/CBBC), Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wine Up (CBBC Productions/CBBC) and Swashbuckle (CBeebies Productions/CBeebies)
The British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Nov. 26 and will be hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown.
A full list of nominations can be viewed here.