La Sexta launches new channels

Spanish free-to-air broadcaster La Sexta has launched a pair of new channels and overhauled the programming line-up at its existing second channel La Sexta 2. The Mediapro-backed broadcaster has launched La Sexta 3, a classic scripted series and movies channel and La Sexta HD, a high-definition version of its main channel. La Sexta 2 will […]

Sony launches Arabic producer

Sony Pictures Television is launching an Arabic production company headed by Elements TV founders Ziad Kebbi and Dany Karam. The company – Sony Pictures Television Arabia – will target 22 Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa from Morocco to Iraq and will be based in Dubai with offices in Cairo and […]

Warner Bros poaches Tiger Aspect’s Steinman

Warner Bros has hired former Tiger Aspect executive Adam Steinman to head its international formats team. Steinman will become VP, non-scripted international development and sales, Warner Bros International Television Production and will report to SVP, creative format development and sales Andrew Zein. He will be based in Burbank. Zein joined the studio last year as […]

HBO says it is ‘on track for a record year’

US premium programmer and channel operator HBO is on track for a record year, despite a blip in the number of US cable subs, co-president Eric Kessler has told TBIvision in an exclusive interview. Rolling out on-demand and digital services internationally is also high on the Time Warner-owned company’s agenda, he added. Kessler acknowledged that […]

Intn’l broadcasters take rights to Grammy Awards

A host of international broadcasters have bought TV rights to the upcoming Grammy Awards. Alfred Haber is distributing the show internationally and has sold it into the UK, Germany, Latin America, Japan, Canada and Sweden. The show, which airs on the CBS network in the US, takes place on February 13. The 3hrs 30 live […]

Sony launching first UK channel

Sony Pictures Television launching first UK channel The international arm of Hollywood studio Sony is understood to be acquiring a slot on UK satellite operator Sky’s electronic programme guide from Canis Media. That would clear the way for it to launch its first channel in the UK. Sony Pictures Television currently operates a number of […]

Channel 4 doubles comedy spend with new slate

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is investing close to US$8 million for comedy programming in 2011, doubling the amount it spent in 2009. This comes as the ad-funded, public service broadcaster announced its latest slate of programmes including a new series featuring the stars of The Inbetweeners and a sketch show hosted by Mighty Boosh’s Noel […]

Sara Geater gets CEO job at TalkbackThames

Sara Geater has been appointed the CEO of FremantleMedia-owned production company TalkbackThames. She has been acting CEO since Lorraine Heggessy left the company in June. Before that she had been COO since 2007. Along with taking the permanent CEO position, Geater will also join the FremantleMedia board. She is credited with leading the implementation of […]

€89 million Endemol write-down hits Telecinco

Endemol shareholder Telecinco has booked an €89 million write-down relating to the producer and distributor. The Mediaset-backed Spanish broadcaster recorded a 48.3% decrease in profits of €32.2 million for the first nine months of the year. When the figure is adjusted and write-down figure stripped out, Telecinco’s net profit for the period was €121.2 million, […]

Making Event TV

The Event’s Steve Stark Having made the jump from studio executive to producer, Steve Stark developed CBS’ supernatural cop series Medium among others. He struck out on his own two years ago creating Steve Stark Productions, which has already made four TV pilots. In a tough slot, his serialised drama The Event has got off […]