The Program Guide'sinternational edition highlights recent programming announcements from variousnetworks and online video platforms across the globe.
* 's acquiredSixteen South's animated preschool series "Claude" for Europe, theMiddle East, Africa and Australia/New Zealand, Kidscreen reportedMay 5. The series, based on a picture book by Alex Smith, is about theadventures of a canine named Claude and his sidekick Sir Bobblysock. "Claude"is in production and expected to debut in 2017.
*CBS Corp.'s CBSStudios International and DiscoveryCommunications Inc.'s Discovery Networks inked a format licensingdeal for "Scandinavia's Next Top Model," WorldScreen.com reportedMay 5. The new "Top Model" version will be available across Norway,Denmark and Sweden later in 2016 via Discovery's linear channels and streamingplatform Dplay.
*Brazilian TV network SBT acquired game show format "Boom!" fromKeshet International, Rapid TV News reportedMay 5. The series will debut in summer 2016 as part of SBT's variety show "ProgramaSilvio Santos."
*Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.entered into anoutput agreement to offer its films for FOX Networks Group's pay TV and basiccable channels across Latin America. The FOX Networks Group channels will alsohave access to films in Lions Gate's library, according to an April 28 newsrelease. The dealincludes films such as "Divergent," "Insurgent," "Philomena"and "Ladrones." FOX Networks Group Latin America is owned by21st Century Fox Inc.
* andNetflix Inc. areset to make four-part miniseries "Watership Down," an adaptation ofthe Richard Adams novel of the same name, Deadline.com reportedApril 27. The show, about a band of rabbits fleeing from man's intrusion, willfeature a cast that includes John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, BenKingsley and Gemma Arterton. "Watership Down"will debut on BBC One (UK)in the U.K. and globally on Netflix. The miniseries will be internationallydistributed by ITV Plc'sITV Studios Global Entertainment.
*Netflix said May 5that it ordered a newcomedy series, "Dear White People," based on Justin Simien's indiefilm of the same name. The 10-episode series, which will be produced byLionsgate, will premiere globally on the streaming giant's platform in 2017.The series is about a group of students of color who are attending apredominantly white fictional Ivy League college. The series explores topicslike race, privilege, sex and power.
*Blim, Mexican operator GrupoTelevisa SAB's over-the-top service, acquired 18 TV dramas fromSpanish public broadcaster RTVE, VarietyreportedApril 29. The drama deal, part of a bigger agreement for over 300 hours of RTVEoriginal content, includes historical series "Carlos, King Emperor,"time-travel drama "The Department of Time," cop drama "LosMisterios de Laura," and period drama "Isabel."
* Pooq,a South Korean live TV streaming and video-on-demand platform, a deal to streamTime Warner Inc.'sCNN International (US)and Cartoon Network (US),Rapid TV News reportedApril 29, citing an official statement. The deal allows Pooq subscribers towatch new episodes of Cartoon Network shows, such as "The Powerpuff Girls,""Ben 10" and "Adventure Time," in addition to CNNInternational programming. Operated by the Content Alliance Platform, Pooq is ajoint venture between South Korean public broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS.
*Starz unit Starz PlayArabia will launchArabic content along with its Hollywood fare on its subscriptionvideo-on-demand platform, Digital TV Europe reportedApril 29. Starz will reportedly provide around 1,000 hours of Arabic content toits SVOD platform.
* BBC'sonline-only channelBBC Three (UK)and BBC Worldwide Ltd.co-commissioned a "Top Gear" spinoff called "Extra Gear."The new show, to be presented by Rory Reid, will feature exclusive footage,interviews and other behind-the-scenes content, according to an April 27 newsrelease. Viewers canaccess "Extra Gear" via BBC Three's live page and BBC Three oniPlayer right after "Top Gear" airs on BBC Two (UK). BBC Worldwide will distribute thenew program to global broadcasters.
*Netflix said April23 that principal photography has begun on its feature film "Okja" inSouth Korea. The film is about a young girl who tries to a stop a powerfulcompany from kidnapping a massive creature called Okja. The movie is directedby Bong Joon Ho, produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Co.,and stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Seohyun An. "Okja"will debut globally on Netflix in 2017, with a limited day-and-date theatricalrelease in the U.S.