Acquisitions


TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

TVNZ renews ITV deal despite output issues

New Zealand’s TVNZ has renewed its output deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) despite yesterday pointing to the ill effects of a similar agreement. The multi-year agreement means the commercially funded public broadcaster will have a first look at all ITVSGE shows across the drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and documentary genres. Yesterday, TVNZ revealed […]

TBI Weekly: Jay Hunt’s next step & other Edinburgh takeaways

Many international execs descended on Scotland’s capital this week for the annual get-together, the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Outgoing Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt was effusive when questioned about her next move on Wednesday. On suggestions she is about to take a new role at Netflix, she replied during her last ‘Meet the […]

ITV’s Gopal makes eOne sales switch

Dan Gopal is leaving ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) to become Entertainment One’s sales chief across the EMEA region. He has been appointed executive VP of EMEA sales, reporting to eOne Television International president Stuart Baxter. The new role will see him leading eOne’s London-based EMEA sales team, with other European sales operations also report […]

Sky ploughs another £1m into TRX

UK satcaster Sky has invested another £1 million (US$1.3 million) in rights trading platform TRX. Sky was one of a number of companies and private investors who were part of a £5.2 million funding round in August last year, and has now increased its minority stake. TRX is a UK-based digital distribution platform designed to […]

TBI Weekly: Digital giants invest in original teams

This week saw veteran programming execs move over to digital giants Apple and YouTube, as the platforms make a further push into original programming. Originals execs set to do the job at Apple & YouTube   Former president and general manager of US basic cable channel WGN America (WGNA) Matt Cherniss joined Apple, his former […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook arrives as Disney goes OTT

Major developments in the subscription VOD space have proven the big talking points of the past week, with Disney, Facebook, Netflix and CBS all making bold statements.   Facebook the one to Watch Just as Facebook’s domination of the social media market continues to grow, so has the speculation over what the US tech giant […]

TBI Weekly: Discovery realises Scripps dream

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion takeover of US rival Scripps was the big TV news of the last seven days. Discovery buys Scripps   It had been known that Scripps Networks Interactive had been seeking a buyer for a while, and Discovery and Viacom had emerged as its two suitors. Discovery always seemed the best fit […]

TBI Weekly: UK kids TV shake-up

Kids television has been on the agenda this week as the industry gears up for Cartoon Forum and MIPJunior. Kids shake-ups galore News broke that Kay Benbow would leave the children’s division of pubcaster BBC as part of a major team shake-up. Cheryl Taylor will now lead the team in a newly created role of […]

TBI weekly round up: Torode doc, Clones deal

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 26-30, 2017).   Pre-sales for UKTV’s John Torode doc National Geographic Channels Asia and Foxtel in Asia have pre-bought UKTV’s upcoming food series John Torode’s Asia. Pay TV service Foxtel will play the series on its Lifestyle […]