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Chrysalis unveils pact with veteran scribes Marks and Gran

Independent producer Chrysalis Vision has signed an exclusive first look deal with veteran UK writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The partnership reunites the duo with Chrysalis CEO Mick Pilsworth (pictured), who worked with them during the 1990s when MD of their TV production business, Alomo Productions. Unveiling the news, Pilsworth said: “Marks and Gran […]

Park brothers upped as Warner expands Korean ambition

Suk Park and Hyun Park have been named co-heads of production & acquisitions for Korean Drama TV Series at Warner Bros. Entertainment. The two executives joined Warner Bros. in 2016, following the acquisition of streaming platform DramaFever (co-founded with Seung Bak), which is now part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In their new roles, the […]

Cineflix hires ex-Newen exec for copros

Cineflix Media has appointed ex-Newen exec Julien Leroux to the new position of SVP for global scripted co-productions. Based in London, he will work with Chris Bonney, CEO Rights, and the team at Cineflix Rights to acquire scripted content for all media platforms. Leroux, who will lead the company’s scripted co-production initiatives, will report to […]

Top 10 pay TV operators to lose $20bn in revenues by 2023

The world’s top 10 pay TV operators by revenue will experience losses of US$20 billion between 2017 and 2023, according to Digital TV Research. The new report claims that each of the top 10 global operators will be affected and that collectively they will see their revenues diminish from US$106.8 billion in 2017 to US$86.9 […]

UK’s high-end drama boom leads to £2.6m in levy funds

The UK’s booming production schedule in television drama saw a record £2.6 ($3.63) million paid in contributions to the High-end TV (HETV) Levy fund last year, according to UK body Creative Skillset. Over 100 high-end productions including Game of Thrones, Poldark, Luther, Derry Girls, The Durrells, Black Mirror, Shetland, Call the Midwife and Peaky Blinders, made the payments […]

Weinstein Co. adds bankruptcy advisor to board

Weinstein Co. has appointed Drivetrain Advisors’ Ivona Smith to its board of directors, an executive with experience in corporate restructuring and working with distressed assets. Smith will join the company as an independent director, as Weinstein Co. coordinates bankruptcy proceedings. The move arrives after a turbulent period for the company after sexual harassment claims were made […]

Vice Media opens India offices

Vice Media has opened its first offices in India, the nation set to become “the youngest country in the world” by 2020. New offices in Mumbai and Delhi will host full-scale Vice operations, including a local offering of Virtue Worldwide, Vice’s in-house creative agency, and a full-service content production studio, Vice Studio, producing local news, […]

BBC to ‘reinvent the iPlayer’ to reach younger audiences

The BBC will focus on reinventing the iPlayer this year and making it more of a destination for young people, according to BBC chairman David Clementi. Outlining how the BBC will face challenges like changing viewing habits and competition from global giants like Netflix and Amazon, Clementi said that the BBC’s focus on modernising its […]

Bolloré hands Vivendi reins to son Yannick

Vincent Bolloré is stepping down as Vivendi chairman and handing over the reins to his son Yannick. Vivendi’s supervisory board unanimously voted Yannick Bolloré as the new group chairman following the company’s shareholder meeting. Vincent Bolloré, who is 67, had earlier stepped down as Canal+ Group chairman in favour of Jean-Christophe Thiery, triggering a senior management mini-shuffle […]

Paramount orders First Wives Club TV reboot

Paramount Network has ordered a series reboot of cult 1996 movie The First Wives Club, which originally starred Bette Middler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. The move arrives near two weeks after the network ordered the project to pilot. It will follow a group of New York women who band together to take revenge on […]

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