Italy


Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively […]

Sony makes free TV move in Italy

Sony is launching its first free-to-air channel in Italy, with kids net Pop launching early next month. Sony Pictures Television Networks bought Neko TV (LCN 45) from Television Broadcasting System earlier this year and will rebrand it Pop for the May 4 free TV launch. As it acquired the DTT net two of its AXN channels went […]

Latin Media Leaders: Venevision Productions, Eva Luna

BEST TELENOVELA EVA LUNA, VENEVISION PRODUCTIONS Venevision’s Eva Luna is the most successful telenovela ever produced in the US. Having been a huge hit for Univision, Venevision sold it around the world in 2012 including to broadcasters in countries as diverse as China, Poland, Italy and Kenya. Venevision Productions’ president and CEO Peter Tinoco talks […]

Mediaset launches download on-demand offering

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has launched a download-and-play service as part of its Premium Play offering, allowing subscribers to view content offline. Subscribers can download up to 3,000 titles to iPads via WiFi or 3G and view them later. A new version of the Premium Play app has been made available via the Apple App Store. […]

ITV sells 50 hours to Belgium

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold a 50-hour package of its dramas to the Belgian public broadcaster, VRT. The deal includes ITV Studios’ new period drama, Mr Selfridge and European coproduction Falcón, based on acclaimed crime writer Robert Wilson’s bestselling series of novels. Other titles include Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour; series one and […]

Disney buys Henson’s Pajanimals

Disney has picked up animated series Pajanimals across a raft of territories. The 52x11mins series is produced and distributed by The Jim Henson Company. Disney has acquired its Disney Junior channel in France, Italy, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. It will debut on Disney channels in […]

Endemol options Dirty Old Towns format

Endemol has optioned community makeover format Dirty Old Towns in several European territories. The format has proved successful on Irish public broadcaster RTE where a second season has just finished airing. The show, which was created by Irish indie Happy Ending Productions, has been optioned by Endemol in France, Italy, Denmark and Norway. The format, […]