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DRG shops Peep Show to Hulu

UK-based distributor DRG has sold its comedy series Peep Show to Hulu. The sixth series of the comedy, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK, will be available on the US on-demand service. Swedish free-to-air broadcaster TV4 has also picked up season six. Meanwhile, DRG has cut several deals for the seventh series of […]

ITV orders Penn and Teller show fronted by Jonathan Ross

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered Penn & Teller; Fool Us, an entertainment series featuring the eponymous magicians that will be fronted by UK presenter Jonathan Ross. Ross inked a development deal with Endemol last week, but this series will be produced by UK indie DCD Media’s September Films/117 Production, and marks the presenter’s first show […]

More positive TV advertising forecasts lift the sector

The latest in a line of positive advertising revenue forecasts spell good news for the TV industry. US-based marketing and advertising specialist Warc has collected predictions from agencies, media companies and industry bodies to create a weighted average, which the company says suggests a 4.4% increase in ad-spend this year and a 4.5% rise in […]

Endemol teams up with Jonathan Ross

Production and distribution giant Endemol has inked an exclusive programming deal with Hotsauce TV, the production company owned by controversial and high-profile UK presenter Jonathan Ross. Endemol said the two will co-create entertainment shows for the UK and international markets. Endemol UK has cut the development deal with Hotsauce and its distribution arm, Endemol Worldwide […]

Prisa to get US$868 million cash injection after Liberty deal

A deal that sees Liberty Acquisition Corp buy into Spanish media group Prisa has been approved by the US fund’s shareholders. Prisa said the agreement, which sees the company get a US$868 million injection of funds, clears the way for it to expand into the US and Latin America. In broadcasting, the Spanish company owns […]

Singer rejoins MTV Latin America

Charlie Singer has rejoined MTV Networks Latin America as senior vice president of content and creative for the company’s US Hispanic network Tr3s. Singer joins from online video web platform My Damn Channel, where he was general manager. Singer initially joined MTV in 1984 establishing the broadcaster’s production arm in LA before joining the company’s […]

A&E poaches BSkyB exec for strategy role

The international arm of cable channel operator A&E has poached Liz Higgins from BSkyB for a Europe-focused strategy role. Higgins will be director, strategy and business development, Europe at AETN International. She was business development manager at News Corp-backed UK pay TV platform Sky, with a focus on its news channel Sky News. In her […]

CME broadcasting boss resigns

Petr Dvorak, senior VP, broadcasting at Warner Bros.-backed broadcast group CME, has resigned. Dvorak, previously a general director of CME’s flagship station TV Nova in the Czech Republic, gave no specific indication of his next move. He will be replaced by Anthony Chhoy, currently CME’s vice president, strategic planning and operations. CME also said Jan […]

Exclusive: Lionsgate to launch new channels

Lionsgate-owned Asian channel operator Tiger Gate is to launch new channels in the region following the success of Kix and Thrill and is also in talks to acquire existing channel brands. The company, which is a joint venture between the US studio behind Mad Men and the Saw franchise and Haim Saban’s investment group Saban […]

Nickelodeon launches branded block in Middle East

MTV Networks International is to launch a Nickelodeon branded block on pan regional Arabian broadcaster MBC. The international channel operator has struck a multiplatform deal with the free-to-air Middle Eastern network that will incorporate TV, digital media and consumer products. MBC3 will initially launch an afternoon block with series including Spongebob SquarePants, Fanboy and Chum […]