This article explores the production and distribution process for television co-productions and explains the potential benefits and risks compared to other media joint ventures, like television formatting. Using a detailed case study of one television series within a larger co-production agreement between a German rights trader and a Hollywood studio, the author analyzes production and distribution challenges and complex contractual arrangements within the context of global media trade. Co-productions are situated in between, and as a transition from, acquiring rights to canned television programs, and acquiring rights to television formats. The author contends that a range of difficulties in co-productions has contributed to a turn to television formatting, where the production process is more easily controlled and customized by the partner acquiring the property, leading to more predictable and successful distribution outcomes.

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Keywords television co-productions, transnational media distribution, scripted television, joint ventures, television formats, business models
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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Journal VIEW Journal
Rights Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 9, No 17 (2020); 43 - 61
Torre, Paul. (2020). Transnational Television Distribution and Co-Production Challenges: A KirchMedia and Sony Pictures Television Case Study. VIEW Journal, 9(17), 43–61. doi:10.18146/view.215