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M&A chatter continues with Amazon & Lionsgate rumours

Lionsgate has emerged as the latest major entertainment group set for consolidation, with Amazon among those linked with a takeover. According to US media outlets, a CBS-Viacom combination and telco Verizon are also interested in Lionsgate, which itself acquired premium cable network for US$4.4 billion in one of 2017’s biggest media deals. The CBS-Viacom party […]

BBCWW’s content chief Helen Jackson set for departure

The newly formed BBC Studios has revealed today that its BBC Worldwide content chief, Helen Jackson, will depart after 31 years, as it revealed a host of executive appointments for the newly merged business. Jackson, who led the BBC’s acquisition of a range of successful production companies, will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018 and […]

Sony launches UK non-scripted label Human

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched Human, a new non-scripted label in the UK that will be led by well-known producer/director Alan Brown. Human will look to create high end international content based around SPT’s existing intellectual property and that of the wider Sony family. It will also develop its own proprietary factual entertainment formats. […]

Fremantle APAC boss Ian Hogg exits

Ian Hogg, the CEO of FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific has announced plans to depart from the company after ten years at the helm. Hogg will leave the business at the end of the month. The company said “a successor will be announced in due course.” He has been responsible for the overall management and business performance […]

Sony channels launch on Amazon in Germany, Austria

Three Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) channels have joined the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria. AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are now available as part of the service in what Sony described as a “first of its kind” deal between SPTN and Amazon. Viewers can watch the linear channels live and also access […]

MTG sells Trace stake at €40 million valuation

MTG has agreed to sell its 75% stake in youth broadcaster Trace in a deal that values 100% of the business at an enterprise value of €40 million (approximately SEK 392 million). MTG agreed to sell its majority stake in the media group to TPG Growth, a division of investment firm TPG that has more […]

Turner LatAm & Mediapro enter 5-year copro deal

Turner Latin America and multimedia content company MediaPro have signed a coproduction agreement to develop and produce cross-platform content. The two companies will promise an overall investment of US$10 million. They will develop cross-platform content in Latin America and include occasional collaborations with Chilevisión in Chile. Kicking off the deal, the companies will produce content […]

Freeform Summit: Sony reboots Party of Five

During the first-ever Freeform Summit, from Disney’s young adult television network, Sony Pictures Television has announced that it will reboot fan-favourite Party of Five with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook’s traditional values gnaw at NATPE crowd

This week, Facebook made a good fist of appearing far more like a broadcaster than it would hope. The social media giant’s head of global creative strategy (head of video to you and me), Ricky van Veen, rankled some delegates in the audience of his keynote presentation at NATPE and drew praise from others. While […]

Ampere: France says ‘Non’ to Netflix

Netflix is yet to win “the hearts and minds” of people in France, with the French the least likely to take subscription video-on-demand services in a survey spanning 14 countries, according to Ampere Analysis. The research said that France “solidly bucks the trend” when it comes to embracing services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video […]

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