3Net commissions 3D science doc

3Net, the 3D joint venture set up by Discovery Communications, Sony and IMAX, has commissioned a new series from the team behind Blue Planet and Planet Earth. The US network, which launched on February 13, has commissioned French production company Saint Thomas Productions to produce three part documentary series Hurricane: The Anatomy. The series will […]

Warner Bros brings Joy to London

Warner Bros International TV Production has hired Numis investment banker Adam Joy as vice president, business development. The international production arm of the Hollywood studio, which is run by executive vice president Ronald Goes, has hired Joy, who was previously head of media corporate finance at Numis Securities, to look for businesses to acquire or […]

RTL eyes more int’l acquisitions, denies FremantleMedia sale

International producer and distributor FremantleMedia will continue to acquire small and mid-sized production companies as owner RTL Group looks to expand its content business. Gerhard Zeiler, chief executive officer of RTL Group, said that it would continue with its acquisition strategy. “We will continue to do what we did in the last year and continue […]

MarVista sells new Power Rangers into France

MarVista Entertainment has sold free and pay TV rights to the Power Rangers Samurai series to Lagardère Active, which will air it on kids channels Canal J and Gulli. The half-hour series is produced by Haim Saban’s Saban Brands and Power Rangers Productions. It will debut next month on French screens on pay TV channel […]

Entertainment One raises £16m, eyes acquisitions

Entertainment One (eOne) has raised £16 million from a share placement in the UK. The company built its TV division with the acquisitions of brands including Blueprint Entertainment, Barna-Alper and distributor Oasis International and has said it is reviewing acquisition opportunities. Following the UK share placement, the TV and movie producer and distributor’s CEO, Darren […]

Pete Smith out as NBCU readies international restructure

NBC Universal International will undergo a restructure over the next few months following the departure of president Pete Smith. This comes two months after the appointment of Jeff Shell as chairman of NBC Universal International. Current Comcast International Media Group and Comcast Entertainment Productions president Kevin MacLellan, who worked with Shell at the cable company, […]

Target picks up new Oz drama from Underbelly producer

UK-based distributor Target Entertainment has picked up the international rights to Crownies, the upcoming Australian drama from the Screentime, the creators of hit scripted series Underbelly. Crownies will debut on the ABC this August after the Australian public broadcaster ordered the 22x1hr show. The series, which went into production last month, follows five young solicitors […]

YouTube acquires digital production company

YouTube has acquired digital studio Next New Networks, marking the first time that the Google-owned online video site has acquired a production company. YouTube has reportedly paid just under US$50 million to acquire Next New Networks, which is a digital production company and online video distributor that produces a raft of web series including food […]

John Morris joins Cookie Jar

Seasoned TV executive John Morris has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment as VP of TV sales and coproductions with responsibility for the UK, Benelux and Australasia. Morris will be based in London and head up the sales effort for the Canada-based kids producer and distributor across TV, home entertainment and digital. He will also spearhead coproduction […]

MTV’s sales arm takes on Viacom branding, cuts Russian deal

MTV Networks’ content sales unit has been rebranded Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). The MTV Networks International brand will still be used on the stand at MIP TV, but be phased out and replaced with VIMN by the time MIPCOM takes place in October. The rebrand follows Bob Bakish’s appointment as president and CEO of […]