Propagate appoints unscripted veteran to lead unit

US indie Propagate Content has hired Laurie Girion as executive VP of non-scripted content. Girion will report to chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman and co-CEO Howard T. Owens. She will oversee creative development and production of Propagate’s non-scripted content. The exec will manage a team that includes Kevin Healy, who has been promoted to senior […]

Former ABC commercial chief & UK exec join Aussie prodco

Australia’s Arenamedia has hired former ABC commercial boss Robert Patterson (pictured), who left the pubcaster in a restructure last year, as one of three new hires, with another made for UK projects. Patterson will take charge as executive producer over a full slate of Arenamedia productions. The move arrives after he departed ABC after two […]

Remedy Scotland chief to lead daytime for STV Productions

Remedy Productions’ Scotland chief, Jim Regan, is joining STV Productions as head of daytime and popular factual. He takes on the newly created role at the Scottish prodco to develop new shows and oversee returning programmes such as Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. Regan has been leading Remedy in Scotland, during which […]

Netflix gives Rainbow’s Winx Club the live-action treatment

Netflix is bringing Rainbow Group’s popular Italian animated franchise Winx Club to its members yet again, this time in a new live action young adult series. For the first time the popular fairies will turn into real teenagers learning to hone their powers while living together in a magic boarding school. Winx Club was created […]

Amazon welcomes ABC’s American Idol back to the UK

Amazon Prime Video UK has secured exclusive rights to ABC’s rebooted American Idol. The UK is one of 150 territories that the format has been sold to via FremantleMedia International. Other territories include Canada, Australia, Latin America, Africa and more. The series recently returned to US screens on ABC after Fox dropped it in 2016. […]

Disney creates unified streaming & int’l unit

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer (pictured) has been named as the chairman of the new unit, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, […]

Eddy Cue: Apple won’t buy Netflix or Disney

Consumer tech giant Apple will not buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look to buy […]

US pay TV pricing out subscribers – TiVo

Price continues to drive North American pay TV subscribers to cut their services, while more than fourth fifths of people said they would like to pay for only the channels that they watch, according to new research by TiVo. The company’s Q4 2017 Online Video and Pay TV Trends Report found that 49% of respondents […]

Vice confirms Dubuc will replace Smith as CEO

Vice Media’s CEO Shane Smith has confirmed A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc will succeed him at youth-skewed media brand, calling them a “modern day Bonnie and Clyde” partnership. Smith (pictured right) is to transition to executive chairman when Dubuc (below left) takes up her new role as CEO after leaving cable channels group A+E in April. […]

BBC has Bright idea hiring Virgin exec for customer post

The BBC has appointed Virgin Media’s chief marketing officer, Kerris Bright, to the new role of chief customer officer. Bright, who is due to take up the role in the summer, will be responsible for developing a “closer, more personal relationship” with BBC viewers and people signing into BBC services. The hire comes as the […]