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NATPE re-arranges Budapest & LA events for late summer

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has rearranged two of its key events in a bid to avoid the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. NATPE Budapest International, which had been due to take place 30 June to 3 July, will now run later between 25 and 27 August, while organisers have shuffled the […]

European broadcasters cut pay, launch funds as Covid-19 bites

European broadcasters continue to scramble to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the UK’s ITV unveiling a £500k ($615k) development fund while Channel 4 and Spain’s Atresmedia cut pay. ITV’s director of TV Kevin Lygo revealed that the fund is designed to accelerate the search for new ideas and content for the channel to play […]

Two Rivers partners with ‘Escape To The Chateau’ duo for C4 show

Two Rivers Media has struck a new production partnership with Dick and Angel Strawbridge, the duo behind Channel 4’s hit factual series Escape To The Chateau. Dick & Angel’s Make, Do & Mend (working title) is part of C4’s ‘Lockdown Academy’ strand of programming and will see the Strawbridges offering tips and tricks for families […]

News round-up: AMC & NOS cook up Portuguese net; Keshet hosts live Seder; ZDFE sells WW2 doc

AMC and NOS launch Portuguese lifestyle channel AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) and Portugal’s subscription TV service NOS are launching Casa e Cozinha (Home & Kitchen), a new lifestyle channel. The Portuguese-language channel will be managed through Dreamia, a joint venture in Portugal owned by the two companies, and goes live tomorrow – 8 […]

Covid-19 forces Edinburgh TV Festival online only

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) is to become a digital-only event as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 Festival will not have a physical presence this year but organisers said it will still deliver The MacTaggart Lecture, controller sessions and its awards, as well as the TV Foundation’s talent schemes. Digital sessions […]

AVOD service Roku Channel launched into UK

Roku has launched its AVOD service, the Roku Channel, in the UK with an offering that includes more than 10,000 TV episodes, documentaries and movies. Roku has launched the service, which is available without a subscription or login, after striking deals with more than 40 content partners including All3Media International, EndemolShine Group, FilmRise and DRG, […]

Discovery’s ID taps into Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ with new show

US cablenet ID is moving into the big cat game with a new show delving further into the story first revealed by Netflix’s hit docuseries Tiger King. Investigating The Strange World Of Joe Exotic revolves around tiger breeder Joseph ‘Joe Exotic’ Maldonado-Passage and his role in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill rival Carole Baskin, […]

Cream Productions inks deal with LOTR actor Dominic Monaghan

Canada-based Cream Productions has struck co-production partnership with actor, host and producer Dominic Monaghan and his production company Monkey Spunk. Under the deal, Cream and Monaghan will create, develop, and produce unscripted programming as well as augmented reality and virtual reality content. The Lord Of The Rings and Lost actor has worked on multiple occasions […]

ViacomCBS takes 100% control of Israel’s Ananey & launches media fund

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has taken full control of Israeli content producer and pay-TV provider Ananey Communications Group. VCNI is acquiring the shares in Ananey that it does not already own, after taking a minority stake in the group in December 2016. Details of the transaction have not been revealed. As a result, Ananey will […]

Mid-East’s MBC lands Viaplay alum Jakob Mejlhede Andersen

Middle East operator MBC Group – which appointed ex-Zodiak Media CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin as CEO in December – has now added former Viaplay and NENT Studios exec Jakob Mejlhede Andersen to its senior management ranks. Mejlhede Andersen becomes chief content officer at MBC’s streaming service Shahid with a remit that includes working across all […]

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