Acquisitions


TBI Weekly: Foxcatcher – will the Murdoch empire sell?

November has been dominated by headlines about the future of 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch dynasty. Yesterday, US reports claimed NBCUniversal owner Comcast was attempting to buy the Fox entertainment and international assets (minus the Fox broadcast network and news cable channels). The Walt Disney Company is believed to have held talks over a […]

TBI Weekly: the Mouse chases the Fox

It was revealed this week that Fox has been in talks with Disney about selling some of its content assets to the Mouse House. Fox would put most of its entertainment business on the table, including the Hollywood studio, FX and National Geographic, its stake in European satcaster Sky and Indian pay TV business Star. But, why […]

TBI Weekly: OTT players threaten British content

This week ended with BBC chief Tony Hall once again warning of the threat OTT players such as Netflix and Amazon present for UK original content. Hall said: “The reality is that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can […]

HBO bags BBC’s Kit Harrington miniseries

US premium cabler HBO has acquired exclusive US rights to Gunpowder, the BBC’s three-part Kit Harrington thriller drama. The show, based on 17th century events that saw Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the British parliament, will debut on HBO in December. Gunpowder, from Thriker Films and Endemol Shine UK’s Kudos, launched in the UK […]

TBI Weekly: accusations cost Price his Amazon job

This week, the company most affected by sexual harassment claims outside The Weinstein Co. is undoubtedly Amazon, which has lost a string of top TV executives in the space of a week. Following the departure of Amazon’s content head Roy Price (pictured) due to sexual harassment claims, the remaining team have dropped one by one […]

Hulu gains US rights to Israel’s False Flag

Hulu has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to Israeli espionage thriller False Flag, which is currently in production for its second season. The thriller sees five ordinary citizens implicated in a high profile kidnapping. The show has already been aired by Canal+ in France and sold to Fox Networks Group in a multi-territory deal outside […]

CBC picks up TVF’s Hardline Buddhists

TVF International has licensed Channel NewsAsia’s Myanmar’s Hardline Buddhists to Canadian pubcaster CBC at MIPCOM (pictured). In the special, BBC Panorama reporter Mobeen Azhar travels to Myanmar to investigate and question links between religion and violence. Myanmar’s Hardline Buddhists is one part of Channel NewsAsia’s series Power and Piety, all of which is being distributed by TVF […]

Ofcom imposes wide range of quotas on BBC

Ofcom is to force the BBC to air a diet of 90% UK-produced original programming during peak evening hours on its two main channels. Introducing new rules as part of its expanded regulatory remit, the media and telecom watchdog said that from next year at least three quarters of all programming hours on the BBC’s […]

TBI Weekly: What happens to The Weinstein Company?

This week was undoubtedly dominated by news that Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company (TWC), after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The move to fire Weinstein was supported by all directors of TWC including Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar. However, the […]

Ovation on a Journy with new OTT service

Arts-focused US channel Ovation has launched a cultural travel-themed OTT service, Journy. The VOD net launches on Roku devices and Xumo connected TVs in the US, and has secured a number of acquisitions for debut. These include Jared Leto’s US national parks doc Great Wide Open, Reckognition Productions’ Droned, Australian muralist show The Wanderers and […]