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Ex-Dyson CEO to fill ProSiebenSat.1 power vacuum

Former Dyson chief executive Max Conze will take up the same role at German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 Media. He will take up his post on June 1, with current incumbent Thomas Ebeling leaving today. ProSiebenSat.1 deputy CEO Conrad Albert will act as interim chairman before Conze joins. Ebeling’s departure was announced in November last year. […]

Fleabag duo & eOne pair for rom-com series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured) and Vicky Jones, the duo behind UK hit show Fleabag, are developing a new romantic comedy series with Entertainment One (eOne). The series, titled Run, will be a rom-com thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years prior to escape life’s troubles with a simple text message stating ‘run’ – resulting […]

Stats show SVOD net Viaplay climbed 25% last year as new original arises

Nordic subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay saw viewing time increase by 25% during 2017, according to stats released by parent company MTG. Customers spent an average of 32 hours per month streaming Viaplay last year, while the number of started streams rose 40.5% between 2016 and 2017. Over the same period, MTG said the total number […]

First ever Bell/CTV format deal secured through Sony in UK

A deal that will see Sony Pictures Television (SPT) shopping Canadian format The Launch internationally marks the first time a CTV format from Bell Media has sold overseas. Sony-backed UK formats house Electric Ray is working up a local version of the music reality show, which comes from CTV parent Bell and Big Machine Label […]

Amazon adapts space opera novel Consider Phlebas

Amazon Prime Video is set to adapt Iain M. Banks (pictured) novel Consider Phlebas with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (The Big Short, Moonlight) producing. The series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly (Utopia) after Amazon acquired the global television rights. Consider Phlebas draws on a fictional world created by Banks, which is referred to […]

Netflix to open Future Strategy Office as Korean sitcom

Netflix is set to launch a new South Korean sitcom with YG Entertainment, a music record and production company, in 2018. Future Strategy Office (FSO, working title) will feature YG artists Seungri of Korean pop group BigBang alongside writer and television personality Yoo Byung-jae of SNL Korea. FSO stars Seungri as the head of YG’s […]

Viacom streaming app Nick Jr. Play goes int’l

Nickelodeon has launched its preschool streaming app, Nick Jr. Play, on the international market. As of today, the app is available in the UK and Denmark on iOS- and Android-enabled devices, with multi-language support. In Denmark, it’ll be offered through pay TV and telco operator YouSee, and will also offer Nickelodeon Play. Other international territory […]

Kwesé acquires ‘significant stake’ in Iflix SVOD service

Econoet Media-owned pay TV provider Kwesé has acquired a “significant stake” in Iflix Africa. The deal deepens the two companies’ existing partnership, with Kwesé and Iflix first partnering in August to launch a version of the latter’s emerging markets SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa. Iflix now has operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, […]

Beyond rejigs with Hemperek hired from eOne

Beyond Distribution has hired Entertainment One’s Justina Hemperek as head of acquisitions, with Sarah McCormack taking a new role. Hemperek (pictured) was previously director of acquisitions for the UK, Europe and Australia within eOne’s international distribution team. As of March, she will lead Beyond’s buying team, with interim head McCormack becoming senior VP of acquisitions […]

ITV America rejigs management at Housewives prodco Sirens

Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh has been named president of ITV America unscripted production company Sirens Media, with founders Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton taking new posts. Sebastian-Dayeh (pictured) will jointly report to ITV America CEO David George, who replaced Brent Montgomery this January, and ITV America president Adam Sher. Sirens founders Toth Diefenbach and Haselton will […]

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