Turner to launch local Cartoon Network in the Benelux

Turner Broadcasting System is to launch a dedicated feed of Cartoon Network for the Netherlands and the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium on November 17, according to TBIvision sister publication DTVE Daily. Turner plans to kick off local programming for the Dutch-language channel with a St Nicholas Day-themed weekend (when Dutch children receive Christmas presents), Sinterklass […]

Sky closes in on 10m subs

BSkyB has edged closer to its year-end goal of signing up 10 million customers, with 96,000 new additions for the first fiscal quarter, and has announced the launch of its Anytime Plus connected TV video-on-demand service. Sky now has 9.956 million customers. The company sold 893,000 additional products in the quarter, up 13% year-on-year, with […]

Hit Entertainment exits JimJam joint venture

Hit Entertainment is no longer a joint venture partner in international kids channel JimJam after exiting the JV it had with Chello Zone, the channels and content arm of Liberty Global, TBIvision has learned. Hit will continue to provide content to JimJam under the terms of a long-term programming deal, including key shows Bob the […]

Pact warns BBC against programming cuts

Pact has warned British public broadcaster the BBC against cutting its programming budget following the news yesterday that it will have its license fee frozen for six years. The UK producers’ trade body has welcomed the government’s decision to maintain the current license fee, which is £145.50 (US$227) per annum, until 2017, but fears that […]

Fox Look to bring back Studs

Fox Look, the international reality division of the News Corp-owned broadcaster and Hollywood studio, is looking to relaunch 1990s gameshow Studs. The producer and distributor is talking to broadcasters, both in the US and internationally, about revamping the format that originally ran in the States between 1991 and 1993. The show, which was executive produced […]

High cost and lack of content hamper 3D TV uptake

A lack of content and the high price of TV sets has limited the early uptake of 3D TV, according to the latest research. In North America, consumers are playing a waiting game as content and channels start to roll out. In Europe there are fewer 3D glasses being sold than sets, suggesting some of […]

Rolling out international factual formats

Carlo Massarella, company director and executive producer at Windfall Films. Bigger, bolder and more ambitious than the last series. That is the traditional message from commissioning editors when a format or series receives a recommission. With our returning franchises Inside Nature’s Giants, Monster Moves and Big, Bigger, Biggest, devising new ways to up the scale […]

Packer takes 17.9% of Network Ten in surprise move

James Packer, the former owner of Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Network, has acquired a 17.88% stake in rival broadcaster Ten Network in a surprise move. Packer, through his Consolidated Media Holdings company, paid about A$245 million (US$239 million) for the stake and used investment bank UBS to acquire the shares. The surprise move catapults Packer […]

Discovery, Sony, IMAX launch 3D slate

Discovery has announced a slate of new 3D productions for its joint venture channel with Sony and IMAX including the world’s first 3D reality series and a number of documentaries produced by NHNZ. The three companies are launching the 3D channel in 2011 and this announcement marks the largest commission of 3D programming since the […]

NBC picks up series to full season

US network NBC has picked up a number of its freshman series including The Event for full seasons despite falling ratings. The broadcaster has picked up Universal Media Studios-produced series The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and comedy Outsourced to full seasons. The broadcaster is keen to re-establish, and cement its profile with writers […]