UKTV takes Pop copro as W’s debut drama original

Britain’s UKTV has commissioned its first ever original drama for its W net, a coproduction with US cable channel Pop that has Anna Paquin (The Piano) as its star. Flack will follow as a sharp and witty American PR guru living in London, whose working expertise clashes with her inability to have a successful personal […]

Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

CBS resolves carriage dispute with Dish

Dish Network has reached a multi-year carriage deal with CBS, after its channels such as the Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian Channel went dark earlier this week. After failing to reach a deal earlier this week, CBS channels went dark across the Dish network, meaning its viewers would not get expected programming, such as the […]

CBS/Dish dispute leaves viewers in the dark

Stations from the CBS broadcast network, including the main broadcast network and the Smithsonian Channel, have gone dark on the Dish Network in the US as the companies failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage deal. The companies’ current contract expired last night with no deal in place, marking the latest in an […]

Mediaset’s Stewart joins Sony in Italy expansion

Long-serving Mediaset buyer Zelda Stewart is to lead Sony Pictures Television’s Italian sales efforts. Stewart has been named VP of distribution, Italy, at the Hollywood studio’s international operation. She will be based in Milan, where SPT already has one office and is planning a second that will open its doors over the summer. Her appointment […]

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 […]

TCAs: TBS gets first primetime toon

US basic cable network TBS has ordered its first primetime animated series. Tarantula, from Carson Mell (Silicon Valley) and Rough House Pictures, will be a half-hour comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel, and centres on an uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Rough House will coproduce with Turner-owned […]

Wolf Creek to go Pop in US

Australian psychological drama Wolf Creek is heading to US cable channel Pop. Pop has licensed the one-hour drama from Lionsgate, which in turn has sublicensed distribution rights in Latin and North America from Zodiak Rights. Pop is a joint venture of Lionsgate and US broadcaster CBS focusing on entertainment, drama and unscripted formats. It will […]

CW programming exec joins CBS, Lionsgate net

US entertainment network Pop has added The CW’s alternative programming chief to its ranks, with Paul Adler leaving as a result. Justin Rosenblatt (pictured) is leaving his post as senior VP, alternative programming at the Warner Bros. and CBS-owned broadcast network to become executive VP, original programming and development at Pop. Adler, who has been […]

Unscripted pops for Banijay pre-market

Banijay International will debut original programming from US fan-focused cable channel Pop at MIPCOM following a recent output agreement. Among the highlights is Sing it On, an 8x60mins series from singer-songwriter John Legend and his Get Lifted Co. partners and Core Media Group. The docu-reality series is set in the competitive world of collegiate a […]