Contract wrangle holds up appointment of Ian Jones at S4C

Ian Jones has reportedly been chosen as the new chief executive of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, but cannot be officially installedin the position because of a contract wrangle with current employer A+E Networks. A+E declined to comment, but it is known that Jones is still under the terms of a long term deal with A+E Networks. […]

Fox-backed Nat Geo Channels takes over Nat Geo programme sales

Fox-backed National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has acquired the National Geographic Society-owned programme sales unit, National Geographic Television International (NGTI). A spokesman said that NGTI staff will transition to NGCI although it was too early to say if there will be job losses. NGTI will cease to exist as a brand from October. Washington-based NGCI […]

MTG hires Patrick Svensk

Modern Times Group has hired Patrick Svensk, the former Zodiak executive who left that company following its acquisition of RDF last year. At channel operator and programmer MTG, Svensk will be VP, content and chairman of MTG’s Modern Studios business. He will effectively oversee all of MTG’s content businesses including production house Strix. MTG noted […]

FremantleMedia appoints Paul O’Hanlon Asia MD

FremantleMedia has appointed Paul O’Hanlon managing director of its Asian business. Reporting to Asia-Pac CEO Ian Hogg, O’Hanlon will oversee FremantleMedia’s production business in the region. He starts in the new role in October, having joined FremantleMedia in February as executive producer, production and development, FremantleMedia Australia. Prior to that he was programme director at […]

Canal Plus fined €30 million for TPS merger

The French competition regulator has fined French pay TV operator Canal+ €30 million for failing to comply with a number of requirements relating to the acquisition of TPS in 2006. French authorities ruled that Canal Plus failed to uphold the ten conditions that it agreed to when its parent company Vivendi acquired TPS. These include […]

DRG shops factual titles worldwide

International distributor DRG has sold a number of its new factual entertainment titles to a raft of broadcasters including Discovery, Fox International Channels and RTL. The company has sold its three prime time series Cherry Goes…, Heston’s Mission Impossible and Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance in over 100 territories. BBC Three’s Cherry Goes…, which is […]

Coolabi to be sold

Bagpuss owner Coolabi is to be taken over by private equity investor North Promotions in a deal worth over US$6.6 million. The international kids producer and intellectual property rights holder received the bid from the company, which is an investment vehicle operated by venture capital trust Edge Performance. Coolabi, which also owns the rights to […]

Endemol inks deal with SMG to enter China

Formats production and distribution giant Endemol has cut a deal with the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and the pair will jointly develop content for the Chinese market. Endemol will then distribute the resulting programming and formats internationally while SMG, a broadcaster and media group, will exploit the properties in China. Specifically, Endemol will team with […]

Netflix splitting DVD and streaming services with Qwikster launch

Netflix is separating its rental and streaming services and will soon offer rentals under a new brand, Qwikster. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix wrote to customers yesterday to say: “I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.” The mea culpa followed the company’s share price slide after it separated rental and streaming services, effectively hiking […]

Netflix slashes subs forecasts by one million

Shares in streaming and rental service Netflix tumbled yesterday as the US-listed company slashed its domestic subscriber forecasts by a million customers. In July the company rejigged its prices and packaging, effectively, raising the price for its top tier service by 60% Company CEO, Reed Hastings, issued a statement yesterday saying that while its financial […]