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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dreamworks boss renews, company expands TV slate

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has extended his contract for four more years as the company announced record results and plans to ramp up its TV output. The film and TV producer, which produces movies including Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, recorded profits of US$62.3 million over the latest quarter, an increase from US$26.1 […]

Bloody Television

The horror genre has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, buoyed by the success of feature films such as Scream and Saw. Scary movies are more popular than ever; the bone-slashing Saw franchise continues to break box office records, while Wes Craven is currently in talks to bring back the ghostface killer from hit teen […]

Shine buys Metronome in US$88m deal

Shine Group has acquired Metronome, the largest producer in the Nordic region, in a SEK719 million (US$88 million) deal. Shine, which is run by Lis Murdoch, has bought the company from Nordic media company Schibsted. The deal was financed with debt and private investment and gives Shine control of the fifteen production companies that comprise […]