M&A


Federation builds Bigger Boat into prodco

French companies Federation Entertainment and Empreinte Digitale have joined forces to create a genre-focused drama production company, Bigger Boat. Both Federation and Empreinte are prolific drama producers, with the former producing Netflix’s Marseille and the latter behind OCS and AMC coproduction Missions. Bigger Boat will focus on creating genre series in the vein of Stranger […]

US gov’t blocks AT&T’s Time Warner takeover

The US Department for Justice (DoJ) has blocked AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner and filed a lawsuit to prevent it. The justice department has said that the merger, valued at US$85 billion, will reduce competition and raise prices for consumers. Makan Delrahim, the assistant attorney general for the Department for Justice’s antitrust division, said: “It would […]

Studio71 France management team named

TF1 digital chief Nicolas Capuron has been named as CEO of Studio71 France, while Stéphane Bourgouin has been named as chief content officer of the multichannel network. Completing the management team at the MCN, which came out of the wide-ranging alliance forged between French commercial broadcaster TF1 and Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, Virginie Maire has been named […]

eOne sales down but Peppa props up profits

Entertainment One (eOne) has seen its half-year revenues dip slightly, but evergreen kids series Peppa Pig drove group profits up as it continues to build scale. London-listed eOne posted unaudited revenues of £395.7 million (US$523.7 million), which was down 1% from £401 million in the same period the year before. However, underlying EBITDA was up […]

Eyeworks co-founder to lead new Euro prodco

A trio of producers from Belgium has partnered to launch an Amsterdam-based prodco, with a co-founder of Eyeworks Group to lead the business. Woestijnvis, Lecter Media and DeMensen have grouped to create Fabiola, with Eyeworks alumnus Robert van den Bogaard (pictured) and ex-Eyeworks International creative director Pieter van Eekelen at the helm. The creative teams […]

Fullscreen to shut down SVOD service

Fullscreen Media is due to shut down its Fullscreen subscription video-on-demand service in January 2018. In an email to staff, Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos said that despite its momentum the company had made the difficult decision to close its SVOD service in order to prioritise spending elsewhere. “We came to the conclusion that […]

Comcast ‘targets Fox entertainment takeover’

Comcast has reportedly swooped in to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, with telco Verizon and Sony Corp. also said to be in interested. The news, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, emerged about a week after The Walt Disney Company’s interest in buying a large chunk of Fox was revealed. With the Disney […]

CBS completes Ten takeover

CBS Corp. is now the owner of Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten after closing its takeover deal. The US network has cleared the final hurdles in a protracted takeover process, which had begun after Ten went into administration. The deal marks the second time Ten has had a North American owner – Canada’s CanWest was […]

Night Manager prodco inks $180m funding deal

The Ink Factory, the production company behind BBC and AMC drama The Night Manager, has raised US$180 million in funding capacity. The company described the new financing as “transformational” and said it would significantly enlarge its geographic reach, access to creative assets, development capacity and production capability. The Ink Factory said it will use the […]

Banijay Group ups deputy CFO to studios role

Banijay Group has upped deputy chief finance officer Frédéric Balmary to chief operating officer of Banijay Studios International. In his new role, Balmary will oversee business development for Banijay’s scripted projects – both through merger and acquisitions operations as well as organic growth. He will report directly to Takis Candilis, head of scripted at Banijay […]