Warner Bros buying £99.9 million Shed

Hollywood studio Warner Bros is acquiring Shed Media in a deal that values the UK indie producer at £99.9 million. The UK firm has itself acquired and several other indie brands in recent years including Ricochet and Wall to Wall. It also has its own programme sales arm, Outright Distribution. Its key programming franchises include […]

AETN launches Indian channels

A&E Television Networks is launching a raft of channels in India after striking a joint venture with the Network18 Group. This will mark the relaunch of the US international pay TV broadcaster’s History Channel, after its initial incarnation, a joint venture with News Corp’s Star, closed down in 2008. Network18, which operates a number of […]

Fox Look hires sales execs, eyes cooking formats

Fox Look, the international formats arm of the US network, has made a number of senior exec appointments and is eyeing the acquisition of food formats. The company, which is headed by president David Lyle, has poached Target Entertainment sales exec Glen Hansen to become head of sales and has also hired former Sony Pictures […]

Sky launches fall slate

UK pay broadcaster Sky has announced its fall slate with a host of US series and local commissions. The News Corp-backed broadcaster has struck deals with Hollywood studios Fox and Warner Bros and has commissioned a remake of classic story Sinbad. This follows the company’s landmark output deal with HBO, which was announced last week. […]

ITV Studios revenues fall as programme orders slow

ITV Studios revenues dropped sharply in the first six months of 2010 as programme orders from UK and international broadcasters fell away. However, programme sales activity held up with The Prisoner and other dramas selling well. ITV Studios, which comprises the production and distribution activities of the UK largest commercial broadcaster ITV, reported a 21% decline […]

Int’l b’casters line up local versions of MasterChef

A raft of international broadcasters are set to launch local versions of cooking format MasterChef after striking deals with distributor Shine International. This comes after the show debuted to strong ratings in the US, where it recorded 5.7 million viewers on Fox, and its huge success in Australia earlier this summer. India’s Star is the […]

Branson’s Virgin sets up TV and film division with Relativity

The Virgin Group has launched a TV and film production company, Virgin Produced. Richard Branson’s Virgin said that, at launch, its mission is clear: ”to enter markets with opportunities to shake things up and offer a better experience’. The production company will be run as a joint venture between Virgin and Rogue Pictures, the film […]

Scrap BBC licence fee, give Worldwide greater role says UK think tank

UK public broadcaster the BBC should give up its licence fee and instead rely on voluntary subscriptions for funding, according to influential right-wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute. However the report does not echo earlier calls for the privatisation of commercial arm BBC Worldwide and claims to ‘envision an enhanced global presence for the […]

Germany’s Beta acquires TV and film libraries

German distributor Beta Films has acquired the libraries of a number of US and Spanish firms. The company, which is run by Jan Mojto, has acquired the TV and film catalogs of US producer and distributor Porchlight Entertainment and Spain’s Zeta Group’s On Pictures. These purchases will boost Beta’s film library by nearly 70 movies. […]

Telemundo inks Caracol output deal

US Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo has inked an output deal with Colombian producer Caracol Television, producer of Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise). The NBC Universal-owned network has struck the multi-year deal with the producer and distributor, which will give it access to around 4,000 hours of content per year […]