Discovery ups revenues but international contribution down

US-based factual channel operator Discovery Communications increased overall revenues in the three months to end-March, but the amount its international networks contributed slipped 4%. Overall sales for the quarter to end-March were US$817 million, a 5% year-on-year increase while revenues from international were US$255 million compared with US$266 million in the same period a year […]

Fox Channels Italy launches crime thriller

Fox Channel Italy has commissioned local indie producer Wilder to produce a six part miniseries Il Mostro di Firenze (The Monster of Florence). The broadcaster, which is operated by News Corp-owned thematic channel operator Fox International Channels, will launch the channel on satellite pay TV channel Fox Crime later this year, before distributing the series […]

Discovery launches kids channel with toy firm Hasbro

International channel operator Discovery Communications is to launch a joint venture kids network in the United States with toy manufacturer Hasbro and has called for independent producers to pitch new kids series. The channel, which will replace Discovery Kids in the States, is set to launch next year and will air programming based on Hasbro […]

Hit launches development slate

Kids producer and rights holder Hit Entertainment has launched a new development slate with projects from the creators of Lunar Jim and Waybuloo. The producer is launching Mike the Knight, a 52x10mins animated series from Lunar Jim creator Alexander Bar. The show follows a 10 year old who protects his world from dragons to impress […]

Disney strikes Hulu deal

Disney has inked a deal with online video site Hulu that will see its hit series made available via the service set up by NBC Universal and News Corp. Disney is set to take equity in the company in exchange for allowing full length episodes of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, Ugly Betty and Phineas […]

Cookie Jar sets up primetime arm

Canadian producer and distributor Cookie Jar Entertainment is moving into primetime television for the first time with the launch of a new division – The Jar. The company has hired former Columbia TriStar and Paramount executive Tom Mazza to run the subsidiary. Cookie Jar is best known for producing and distributing animated kids series including […]

Murdoch Junior buys into Australian b’caster

Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert, has invested A$15.6 million (US$11.4 million)  in Australian regional broadcaster Prime Media Group. The deal, executed through Lachlan Murdoch’s private investment vehicle Illyria Nominees, leaves Murdoch’s eldest son with a 9.1% stake in Prime, which is leading free-to-air broadcaster Network Seven’s regional affiliate. Its largest shareholder is Paul Ramsay, a […]

IFC anounces new slate, acquisitions

IFC, the Rainbow Media-owned US cable network, has launched its latest programming slate with a raft of new comedies, food series, mini-series and its first TV movie. It has also inked a deal with distributor BBC Worldwide for a number of British comedy acquisitions including Ideal and Wrong Door. The channel , which was previously […]

RDF USA beefs up with new hires

RDF USA has hired two west coast-based programming executives. Jennifer Danska has joined from E! and Kevin Shinnick from indie producer Painless Productions. Danska will be senior VP of development at RDF USA, the US division of UK super indie RDF. Shinnick will be the vice president of production. Danska was previously vice president of […]

Ex-Endemol exec Lachkar to put Shine into France

The Shine Group is close to recruiting Thierry Lachkar as the boss of a new French division, Shine France. Lachkar, a former senior executive at Endemol France is understood to have agreed terms on a deal and is expected to take up his new position this summer and start lining up the first projects from […]