A+E Networks promotes Saugato Banerjee to oversee Asia

A+E Networks has promoted Saugato Banerjee to a new role that will see him take control of the company’s operations across Asia. Banerjee becomes A+E’s managing director of Asia and will be responsible for the company across South East Asia, North Asia (Korea, China, Japan), Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India. His promotion from his previous […]

Exclusive: All3Media back in for Endemol Shine

All3Media is taking another look at acquiring Endemol Shine Group but the chances of the production and distribution giant being broken up to ease the protracted sales process have decreased, TBI has learned. The Liberty Global and Discovery-backed UK-based outfit was among around 12 companies around the world to have looked at buying the production […]

Weak Q2 for Netflix shows over-reliance on handful of brands

Netflix has again suffered a “soft” Q2, but analysts have warned that it can’t afford further subscription losses as a wave of SVOD competitors prepare to hit the market. The streaming giant forecast in Q1 that it would add 5m global subscriptions in the second quarter, with 300,000 subs out of the US and 4.7m […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max orders ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot

WarnerMedia has made a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a reboot of teen drama Gossip Girl, which will become available via its forthcoming streaming service HBO Max. The original show aired on US network The CW from 2007 to 2012 and was based on Cecily Bon Ziegesar’s novel of the same name, which follows a spoilt […]

UK financier Drive appoints DRG alum for sales push

Funding and distribution agency Drive has added the former senior VP of sales at UK-based distributor DRG to work across its sales activity. Chris Bartlett becomes senior sales executive at Drive, overseeing sales in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and French-speaking Canada. Bartlett spent eight years at DRG, working across the UK, Scandinavia […]

‘Man In The High Castle’ producer to bring Warhammer to screen

The Man In The High Castle producer Frank Spotnitz is to bring the game Warhammer to screen via a partnership with Games Workshop. Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions has partnered with Warhammer developer Games Workshop to develop Eisenhorn, a live-action sci-fi and fantasy series that will be based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 games, miniatures and novels. […]

ITV Studios extends interest in Monumental to take majority stake

ITV Studios (ITVS) has increased its interest in UK-based Monumental Television to take a controlling stake in the Harlots producer. ITVS, which had held a 26% stake, now owns a 51% majority in the UK production company, with the Alison Owen and Debra Hayward-founded firm now set to become more integrated within the UK commercial […]

USA Network greenlights ‘Cannonball’ series

USA Network has handed a series order for physical competition series Cannonball.  The 10-part series, which is based on a Talpa format, will be produced by ITV Entertainment and is to premiere next year. The show, which aired on UK broadcaster ITV in 2017 for one series before being cancelled, sees contestants engaging in whacky […]

DAZN, Discovery partner on major distribution deal for Eurosport

Sports streamer DAZN has partnered with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain. Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered SVOD. The […]