After bankruptcy and the departure of its founder, RHI Entertainment has rebranded as Sonar Entertainment and tapped Stewart Till as chief executive.
CANNES -- Viacom Intl. Media Networks has closed four deals with European broadcasters and producers on MTV's hit reality formats "Pimp My Ride" and "One Bad Trip," and docu-series "I Used to Be Fat."
PARIS -- Endemol Worldwide Distribution has closed a raft of sales on Zeppotron's dark-edged satirical drama ''Black Mirror'' in the run-up to MipTV, which kicks off April 1 in Cannes.
PARIS -- The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to Regis Roinsard's 1950s set romantic comedy ''Populaire'' from pan-European outfit Wild Bunch.
PARIS -- "Law and Order" showrunner Rene Balcer and French thesp Jean Reno have boarded "The Grand," a Paris-set, English-lingo, crime drama miniseries.
PARIS -- "My Way," Florent-Emilio Siri's biopic of iconic French singer Claude Francois, has been sold by StudioCanal to several leading distribs.
PARIS -- French film production hit a 272-feature high last year, up 4% on 2010, France's Centre National du Cinema film board announced Tuesday in Paris.
PARIS -- Tom Fontana's Renaissance-set drama series "Borgia" has been greenlit for a second season of 12 hourlongs, budgeted at €30 million ($39.7 million) -- $6.6 million more than the first season.
PARIS -- French paybox Canal Plus has ordered the first season of Haut et Court-produced fantasy drama series "Les Revenants," a €11.4 million ($15 million) skein with strong international potential.
PARIS -- Entertainment One and European mini-major Wild Bunch have inked a multi-year distribution pact for France.