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UK digital producers get contracts template

Pact, the UK trade body for TV producers, has produced a range of contracts and templates that can be used by the new generation of producers that focus on the digital space. Member companies can access the information on Pact’s website. “These new contract templates are the place to start when you are going into […]

Media decline could run deeper than downturn

Irrespective of the current economic downturn, the underlying trend is for households to spend less on media and entertainment, according to a white paper from consultancy Cap Gemini. It suggests that spending on telecoms, media and entertainment (TME) services in major markets has been running behind GDP growth for several years and that the recession […]

Tern TV expanding Slabovia empire

Scottish independent production company Tern TV is expanding its hit multiplatform series Slabovia into a range of computer games and comic books. The company, which produces the series in association with Channel 4, is in talks with computer games manufacturers including Sony, as well as mobile games developers. Simon Meek, digital producer at Tern TV, […]

MTV sells South Park to TV2 and cuts CEE deals

MTV has shopped its South Park animated series to TV2 in Norway and has concluded a raft of program sales in Eastern Europe. TV2 has acquired every season of South Park and the series will launch later this year. Separately, MTV’s program sales arm has sealed several deals in Albania where Digitlab has acquired The […]

ABC Oz gets green light for new kids channel

Australian public broadcaster the ABC will get funding to launch a digital kids channel, ABC3, the Federal Government has confirmed. Kim Dalton, the free-to-air broadcaster’s director of programming, said that it will be commissioning new content for the channel as well as using programming already screened on the main ABC channel. Dalton said: “As well […]

Starz ramping up digital efforts

Starz Media, the Liberty Global-owned producer and distributor, is set to expand its digital production arm with a number of live-action projects in the works. The company is also ramping up its activity in the video games business, turning a number of its TV and movie projects into casual games. It has recently sold its […]

Disney’s new kids on the block

Industry blogger Nikki Finke recently wrote that Miley Cyrus now has the power to do what Julia Roberts, Kevin Costner and Eddie Murphy can’t – open a blockbuster movie. The teen star’s Hannah Montana movie’s US$130m opening weekend surprised everyone and the international revenues are likely to eclipse those from domestic. Admittedly it has slowed […]

MySpace and FremantleMedia launching Freak web series

MySpace UK and FremantleMedia are launching an online web series, Freak. The News Corp-owned social network MySpace is teaming with RTL-owned producer and distributor FremantleMedia and the plan is to roll the series out globally after its UK launch this summer. The scripted series, which was developed by FremantleMedia’s new media division FMX, will run […]

Management shake-up at ZDF

There has been a shake-up at German public broadcaster ZDF. Reinold Elshot is moving from Movie Film and TV Production, a production subsidiary of ZDF’s commercial arm ZDF Enterprises, to become head of TV movies and deputy program director at the main ZDF channel. Wolfgang Cimera will replace Elshot as head of Movie Film and […]

Cresswell, Fincham linked to ITV CEO post

Internal candidates for the ITV CEO role include current COO John Cresswell and current director of television Peter Fincham. The UK commercial broadcaster ITV has started looking for a new CEO following the news that Michael Grade will relinquish the position later this year. Grade, a former chief executive of Channel 4 and BBC chairman, […]