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VIMN Americas unveils distribution and copro deals

Viacom International Media Networks Americas has revealed a number of distribution deals for its original content with leading SVOD, Pay TV and FTA broadcasters via newly-expanded production and distribution division, Viacom International Studios (VIS). Among the deals, Fox Networks Latin America has acquired the rights to Animal, a thriller from VIMN Americas’ Argentine broadcaster Telefe. […]

Amazon Channels dominates D2C subscriptions, says TDG

Amazon Prime Channels accounts for 55% of all direct-to-consumer subscriptions in the US, according to research by The Diffusion Group (TDG). The study claims that Amazon Channels is especially prominent among premium direct-to-consumer apps like HBO Now, Showtime and Starz, with more than half of HBO’s direct subscribers using Amazon Channels to purchase their service. […]

MGM to up originals for Epix to promote growth

MGM is planning to “reposition and expand” its underperforming premium subscription service Epix one year after acquiring it from its joint venture partners, according to chief operating officer Chris Brearton Speaking after MGM posted Q1 results, Brearton said the service was “under-distributed, under-subscribed and under-monetized” before MGM’s acquisition of it, adding that its  original programming […]

Endemol Shine Germany appoints Turtle’s Kastner as CEO

Turtle Entertainment’s Magnus Kastner has been appointed as chief executive officer for Endemol Shine Germany. Kastner joins the company next month and will report to Boudewijn Beusmans, chairman of Northern Europe at Endemol Shine. The company will continue to be led in the interim by Rainer Laux, director of reality and documentary, Ute Marz, CFO, […]

Moonves receives Upfronts ovation as Redstone legal battle heats up

CBS chief Leslie Moonves (pictured) received a standing ovation from buyers at its Upfronts presentation last night, as the company faces a crunch after launching a lawsuit against its controlling shareholders, the Redstone family, on Monday. In an atypical Upfront presentation, Moonves walked out to a standing ovation from a sizeable portion of the crowd […]

‘New Fox’ names exec team with Lachlan taking the helm

Twenty-first Century Fox (21CF) has named Lachlan Murdoch (pictured) as the executive chairman and chief executive officer for the proposed ‘New Fox’, which will be established as Disney purchases Fox assets in the coming year. The new structure will also see Rupert Murdoch serving as co-chairman and John Nallen, 21CF’s chief financial officer, taking a […]

Netflix to experience largest subscriber growth in 2018

Netflix will have its largest growth year to date in 2018, adding around 28 million subscribers over the year, according to predictions from Digital TV Research. The Netflix Forecasts report estimates that Netflix will grow to around 139 million streaming subscribers this year and will continue to increase its global user-count over the next five […]

MTG completes Trace sale

MTG has appointed two new members to its leadership team following its decision to split the business into two companies – MTG and Nordic Entertainment Group. Both appointments are for the new MTG, which after the split will comprise MTG’s current esports, online gaming and digital video content operations. Peter Nørrelund, who is currently executive […]

STV shuts down STV2 channel as it invests in digital

STV has laid out its plans for the next three years, which will see the Scottish broadcaster axe its STV2 channel to make room for digital initiatives. The broadcaster hopes that its “three year growth plan” will mean that a third of profits will arrive from outside of linear advertising by the end of 2020. […]

Mediapro enters Eastern Europe with prodco acquisition

Mediapro is set to acquire Slovenian production company VPF PRO as it makes its first entry in to Eastern Europe. VPK PRO is the largest independent television company in Slovenia. It specialises in the creation of new programming and has prominent offices in Ljubljana in Slovenia, Belgrade in Serbia and Zagreb in Croatia. The firm […]