Oprah Winfrey Network acquires rights to Sundance doc

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the TV rights to hit Sundance documentary Family Affair as part of the documentary strand it plans to launch. The cable network, which is set to launch in January 2011, acquired the family documentary, which was written and produced by Chico David Colvard, following the festival. The channel, […]

Flamman replaces Dee Forbes at Turner

Turner has upped Pete Flamman, giving him responsibility for its channels in the UK and Northern Europe. He replaces Dee Forbes who left last year for Discovery where she is running its portfolio of UK channels. Flamman was previously in charge of Turner channels in Germany, CEE and the Nordic region. He joined Turner in […]

NATPE: Andy Duncan says C4 will merge with Five

Andy Duncan told NATPE delegates that Channel 4 and Five will ultimately merge. Duncan departed as CEO of the UK commercially-funded public service broadcaster at the end of last year and said the unison of Channel 4 and Five ‘will happen at some point’. The two UK commercial broadcasters have flirted with each other before. […]

Daily Motion seeks deals with Euro broadcasters

Online-video provider Daily Motion is looking to sign deals with leading broadcasters in the UK,Germany and Spain for long-form series and video clips to be added to its portal as it seeks to offer more professional content alongside user-generated video. The deals will add to several that the company, backed by private-equity investors and the […]

HBO completes CE buyout

HBO has completed its US$160 million deal to buy Disney and Sony out of HBO Central Europe. The deal gives the Time Warner company full or majority control of all international HBO channels. The international HBO offerings started out as multi-partner joint ventures, but under the direction of president, programming distribution and international, Simon Sutton, […]

NATPE: Lis Murdoch says producers need to harness Web 3.0

TV producers need to embrace social media of they are to remain relevant and grow their businesses as the industry lives through a period of transition, Shine Group CEO Lis Murdoch told delegates on the last day of NATPE. “If we embrace social media – we reinvent our companies, we rethink our attitudes, and we […]

Turner poaches CBeebies boss Carrington

Cartoon Network has poached CBeebies boss Michael Carrington to run its content division. Carrington, who is currently controller of preschool channel CBeebies, is to become chief content officer, EMEA, Turner, following the departure of Finn Arnesen last year. Carrington will step down at the BBC, where he has launched a number of hit preschool properties […]

Natpe News: Eisner launches Booth, says old media on a ‘death march’

Michael Eisner told NATPE delegates that old media is on a ‘death march’ and that made-for-web content is an ‘explosion ready to happen’. Giving a keynote address at the Las Vegas trade show, former Disney and Paramount boss Eisner also took the opportunity to unveil a new web series, Booth, to a full auditorium. “I […]

Natpe News: Nat Geo orders more Dog Whisperer

National Geographic Channel in the US has ordered a new season of Dog Whisperer and the show’s distributor, Rive Gauche, has inked a raft of new sales for the series. The latest 13-episode run is in production and, following the success of two recent instalments of the series set in Australia, producers are planning to […]

WAG Wars spearheading Comcast formats push

Comcast’s E! Entertainment has created a new series in which sportsmen’s Wives And Girlfriends (WAGs) compete against one another. The reality series, WAG Wars, will be shopped as a paper format as E! Entertainment owner Comcast International Media Group attempts to ramp up activity in the formats business. Two existing series, Perfect Catch and Reality […]