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Amazon reveals Studios structure in Europe, decries “gobbling up” rights

Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown has outlined the company’s rapidly growing commissioning structure across the continent and reiterated that the streamer doesn’t want to “gobble up all rights.” Amazon Studios has been focusing its attention on setting up offices across Europe over the past six months, with its “first phase” of appointing […]

YouTube Originals on the hunt for education-focused programming

YouTube is taking an education-focused approach to originals and leaning into “self-motivated learning” on the service, according to head of originals for EMEA Luke Hyams. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, which kicked off today (21 August), Hyams said: “YouTube is a place for curiosity. It is a place where if I want to know […]

Sky unveils entertainment channels, orders Billie Piper drama

European pay TV operator Sky is adding two new channels to its entertainment portfolio and has commissioned a drama starring Billie Piper. Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, and will be offered as part of the Now TV Entertainment pass for Now TV customers. […]

Channel 5 bolsters scripted slate with three additions

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a raft of original dramas in the latest phase of a scripted strategy initiated last year by director of programmes Ben Frow. Psychological thriller Penance (3 x 60 minutes), from All3Media-backed West Road Pictures, has been written and created by Kate O’Riordan (Mr Selfridge), and inspired by her […]

Asylum hires ITVSGE, UKTV alum Ronan Hand for UK office

Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) exec Ronan Hand to head up its newly launched UK office in London. Hand becomes senior VP of global content and is in charge of presenting IP from within the AEG family of companies to the international marketplace. He will also lead AEG’s […]

Vivendi swoops for global rights to TF1’s ‘Celebrity Song Challenge’

France’s Vivendi Entertainment has picked up global rights to TF1 and DMLS TV’s shiny-floor format The Celebrity Song Challenge. The format launched last week in primetime and was TF1’s best performing non-fiction show. Prior to each episode, some of France’s most popular celebrities, including singers, TV hosts, comedians and athletes, challenge each other on social […]

Yellowbird UK options rights to ‘Spotify Untold’

Yellowbird UK has optioned screen rights to the behind-the-scenes story of music service Spotify. The Banijay Group-owned prodco is to dramatise Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud’s non-fiction book Spotify Untold (Spotify Inifrån) for a limited series. The project, which is currently in development, will examine how a secretive start-up managed to win over record companies […]

Wheelhouse Group hires general counsel Rob Lia as president

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group has appointed long-time general counsel Rob Lia as president. Lia is to oversee and manage all business operations, as well as planning and investing across all subsidiaries of the group, including entertainment and content, marketing and brand initiatives, and Wheelhouse’s events division and investment and real estate ventures. Lia – who […]

Anthony Kimble’s Fugitive moves for NENT format chief

UK-based production and financing company Fugitive has appointed the VP of formats at Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group to oversee its unscripted output. Merrily Ross will become exec VP of non-scripted content at Fugitive, which was launched in March by Anthony Kimble and is focused on content development and financing. She will start on September 1 […]

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