Epix picks Heyday’s Cotton to replace ex-originals chief Diaz

Nancy Cotton is leaving Heyday Television to become executive VP of original programming at US cable channel Epix. Cotton is filling the gap left when Jocelyn Diaz left in January, a move that came after Michael Wright was named president. “I’ve known and had the pleasure of working with Nancy on many projects over the […]

Aalderink and Lubbers band with MGM in Euro formats push

US studio MGM has set up a Dutch-based formats development operations with European programming execs Roy Aalderink and Peter Lubbers. The creation of Concept Street comes after MGM scored a coproduction pact with Redseven Entertainment in Germany last November to create local shows and remake MGM formats. The new Dutch company will have a similar […]

Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president. Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its […]

MGM rejigs int’l TV sales to achieve ‘greater efficiencies’

MGM has rejigged its international sales division in order to find “greater efficiencies”. The changes at MGM International Television Distribution see Paul Bischoff promoted to executive VP for EMEA. He was previously senior VP of subscription television and sales strategy, overseeing international SVOD and pay TV deals, but now oversees all television and digital deals […]

Ex-Turner & Amblin chief to lead Epix

Former Turner and Amblin Partners chief Michael Wright has joined MGM’s US premium pay TV channel Epix as president. Wright (pictured) recently exited his role as CEO of Amblin Partners, the programming and film business Steven Spielberg launched with Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One. He is taking over Epix as it settles into […]

Industry vet to lead Cannabis OTT channel

Douglas Lee has been named as general manager of 420TV, the new OTT TV channel focusing on entertainment, news and lifestyle content about cannabis that is backed by online video distributor Ownzones Media Network. Lee, who negotiated the deal that created 420TV on behalf of Ownzones and has been the architect of the channel’s programming, […]

MGM rewards CEO Barber with new contract

MGM has extended the contract of chairman and CEO Gary Barber through to 2022, with the board pointing to the stability he has brought to the company. Since joining from Spyglass Entertainment in 2010, MGM states that Barber has overseen the transformation of the studio, revitalised its film and television businesses and expanded its distribution footprint […]

Amazon to ‘increase content spend again’

Amazon will keep apace with Netflix’s original content spend, with Roy Price reportedly promising staff the SVOD service would increase investment in content again. The Amazon Studios head told staff content spend was set to increase in 2018 and 2019, with three new series put into development to go with an expanding originals slate, as […]

Viacom shares slide despite solid Q3 gains

Viacom shares have fallen sharply on news of a delayed payment from a Chinese partner and uncertainty about the future prospects of pay TV in the US after the media group posted Q3 results, despite it posting solid gains in revenue and profit. Viacom’s revenues for its fiscal third quarter rose by 8% to US$3.36 […]

Turner taps Nick for Boomerang SVOD chief

Turner has poached Sundance Feniger from Nickelodeon to run its new Boomerang subscription VOD service. He has been named VP and general manager of the service, which is a joint venture between Turner and stablemate Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group. The role will see him lead the overall Boomerang streaming business and partner with K-drama-focused […]

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