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Singer rejoins MTV Latin America

Charlie Singer has rejoined MTV Networks Latin America as senior vice president of content and creative for the company’s US Hispanic network Tr3s. Singer joins from online video web platform My Damn Channel, where he was general manager. Singer initially joined MTV in 1984 establishing the broadcaster’s production arm in LA before joining the company’s […]

A&E poaches BSkyB exec for strategy role

The international arm of cable channel operator A&E has poached Liz Higgins from BSkyB for a Europe-focused strategy role. Higgins will be director, strategy and business development, Europe at AETN International. She was business development manager at News Corp-backed UK pay TV platform Sky, with a focus on its news channel Sky News. In her […]

CME broadcasting boss resigns

Petr Dvorak, senior VP, broadcasting at Warner Bros.-backed broadcast group CME, has resigned. Dvorak, previously a general director of CME’s flagship station TV Nova in the Czech Republic, gave no specific indication of his next move. He will be replaced by Anthony Chhoy, currently CME’s vice president, strategic planning and operations. CME also said Jan […]

Exclusive: Lionsgate to launch new channels

Lionsgate-owned Asian channel operator Tiger Gate is to launch new channels in the region following the success of Kix and Thrill and is also in talks to acquire existing channel brands. The company, which is a joint venture between the US studio behind Mad Men and the Saw franchise and Haim Saban’s investment group Saban […]

Nickelodeon launches branded block in Middle East

MTV Networks International is to launch a Nickelodeon branded block on pan regional Arabian broadcaster MBC. The international channel operator has struck a multiplatform deal with the free-to-air Middle Eastern network that will incorporate TV, digital media and consumer products. MBC3 will initially launch an afternoon block with series including Spongebob SquarePants, Fanboy and Chum […]

Zodiak sells Royal Wedding doc

Hot on the heels of the engagement of Britain’s Prince William to Catherine Middleton, Zodiak Rights has shopped a 1x60mins doc about the couple and other royal weddings to several broadcasters. William, Kate, and 8 Royal Weddings is coproduced by Zodiak and Royal Family specialists CB Productions. It covers the upcoming  nuptials of William and […]

Discovery inks China doc deal

International factual channel operator Discovery has launched a three year production deal with China’s State Council Information Office. The agreement will see the broadcaster launch a raft of documentaries showcasing the country over the next few years. The first series to be produced through the initiative include China’s Man Made Marvels: Ancient Beijing and Man […]

Carlos Slim to enter TV production business

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is to enter the TV production business for the first time through his Latin American telco America Movil. The move could see Slim, the world’s wealthiest man, compete directly with Televisa, which is currently the largest producer of Spanish-language content in the world. America Movil, which operates a satellite pay TV […]

Jones joins AETN as distribution boss

Former Target and Nat Geo boss Ian Jones has joined A&E Television Networks as international distribution boss. Jones will become managing director, content distribution and commercial development for AETN International and will manage the company’s 8,000 hour programme library. He will be responsible for distributing series including Ice Road Truckers, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and […]

Stevens out as part of Comedy Central UK restructure

Comedy Central UK’s head of acquisitions Amanda Stevens has left the broadcaster following an internal restructure, TBIvision has learned. Stevens has left the Viacom-owned broadcaster following the move to restructure its acquisitions team by managing director Jill Offman. Comedy Central UK was launched last year as part of a rebrand of the Paramount Comedy channel […]