Flashback Television has acquired fellow Londoners Double Exposure, a 17-year-old prodco and a U.K. leader in the field of educational programming.
Stockholm’s MTV Produktion has acquired the shares of
indie prodco Jarowskij, creating a venture that’s expected to turnover more than E54.5 million (US$66 million) yearly.
Fact Based Communications in London has agreed to purchase 11-year-old prodco Diverse, promising significant investment in the indie’s slate and full autonomy.
Channel 4 International has struck a two-year development deal with Chichester’s >b>Big Wave Productions for series and one-offs.
Australian ABC will launch a second channel next year. The diginet will feature docs, kids, arts and news programming.
In the U.K., ITV CEO Charles Allen says his net plans more digital launches after ITV3 is running. Allen suggested the launches might see ITV collaborate with other broadcasters.
Santa Monica distrib Solid Entertainment has signed a two-year deal to rep several docs from the two-time Academy Award- winning production company Moriah Films in L.A., including The Long Way Home and Genocide and Liberation.
L.A’s TvFilmBiz Int’l has signed on to represent Montreal’s CMJ Productions and L.A.-based TMC Entertainment – a deal that will add 30 hours to the distributor’s catalog.
JupiterResearch has estimated the number of digital cable subscribers in the U.S. will hit 43 million in 2009. That number currently sits at about 26 million.
L.A.-based E! Networks has licensed 600 hours of programming to Finland’s Subtv.