Interview: Turner content chief Kevin Reilly

Veteran US executive Kevin Reilly is in bullish mood, and for fair reason. When he joined Turner in November 2014, cable channels TBS and TNT were both highly profitable, but a bit old-fashioned – reliant on sports, procedurals and re-runs, and Reilly believed they needed updating before time caught up with them. Things are very […]

YouTube TV ups price and adds Turner channels

YouTube TV is set to up its price from US$35 to US$40 per month, has added a host of Turner channels, and plans to up its sports output. The news came as YouTube said it will also expand its over-the-top pay TV service to 100 top US markets in the coming weeks. YouTube is adding […]

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 […]

Spurlock dropped from projects after misconduct admission

After Supersize Me’s Morgan Spurlock admitted to previous accounts of sexual misconduct, he has been dropped from a range of projects and left the prodco he founded. Last week, Spurlock admitted on Twitter that he may have previously committed acts of sexual misconduct and that he feels he is “part of the problem” that has […]

Game of Thrones fever drives Time Warner growth

The stunning viewing figures for Game of Thrones have pushed Time Warner and its subsidiary, HBO, to significant subscription growth. Premium cable network HBO saw its subscription revenues rise 13% year-on-year, its highest quarterly growth in 13 years. Revenues for the three months to September 30 at HBO were US$1.6 billion, up on the US$1.43 […]

Amazon builds with TNT’s Berlin drama 4 Blocks

Amazon has picked up Berlin-set gangster drama 4 Blocks from TNT for a worldwide audience. From October 4, the series will be available on Prime in more than 150 countries including the US, Canada and the UK. Elsewhere, 4 Blocks will become available in the summer of 2018 across territories such as Germany, France and […]

US Nordic noir remake cancelled

TNT will not take its remake of Eyewitness into a second season. The US crime thriller was based on a series from Norway’s NRK (pictured). The format launched last October on Turner’s TNT, but failed to win over American viewers. Shades of Blue writer Adi Hasak bought the rights to the NRK show, and wrote and […]

Turner ups Meraz & hires from NBCU

US media group Turner has promoted buyer Valerie Meraz to a senior VP role, and hired a talent exec from NBCUniversal-owned SVOD platform Fandango. Valerie Meraz (pictured) has been upped from VP, programme acquisitions to SVP, content acquisitions and strategy for the TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and SVOD […]

TBS bolsters originals focus as Wolkis rises

US cable channel TBS has promoted Turner veteran David Wolkis to senior VP as its ups its focus on original programming. Wolkis (pictured) has been named SVP, production for TBS originals, a role in which he will continue to manage production for the network’s original shows. His promotion the latest in a series of moves […]

Turner ups Quigley at cable nets

US cable channels provider Turner has promoted Michael Quigley to executive VP of commercial operations, content strategy and monetisation at TNT and TBS. The new will see the former Turner Content Distribution executive overseeing content strategy for acquisitions, licensing and scheduling for the channels, plus acquisitions for other Turner brands. Turner has been in hiring […]

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