Power Investor: Haim Saban talks to TBIvision

Egyptian-born entrepreneur Haim Saban has had a hand in several of the largest private-equity-backed media deals of recent years, he talks exclusively to TBI TBI: Do you think there is still a clear rationale for investing in free-to-air television in Europe when audiences and advertising markets are fragmenting?Yes, I believe so. But you can’t talk […]

Channel Profile: NRJ 12

Part of media group NRJ, which is involved in TV and radio, NRJ 12 was launched three years ago with the advent of DTT. Now the channel, whose audience share rose to 2.3 % last December, plans to become a full general entertainment offering. TBIvision talks to head of programming Gérald-Brice Viret and head of […]

Animal Planet gets wild with new look

The US version of Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet has been given a visual overhaul and repositioned itself as an edgier, more adult-focused channel. The new on and off-air identity was designed by UK agency Dunning Eley Jones and launched in the US yesterday. "We wanted to bring animals to the fore," says Dunning Eley Jones […]

Cartoon Network readies new theme parks

Turner is opening a Cartoon Network-branded theme park in the Middle East. Cartoon Network Enterprises has joined forces with Future Kid & Real Estate Company and will open a 3,500 foot indoor theme park in Kuwait City this year. The park will be Cartoon Network’s first in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and […]

Ratings Watch: The Successor

Paranormal talent show The Successor hails from Israel and has been a ratings hit in Europe but fared less well in the US. The show, which is distributed by SevenOne International, has been on air in Germany the Netherlands, Israel and the US. In the Netherlands on SBS6, the first episode of the local adaptation […]

Comcast tees up international launches for The Golf Channel

Comcast International Media Group is set to launch The Golf Channel internationally by the end of the year. It is expected to launch the sports channel internationally in the last quarter of this year. CIMG President Kevin MacLellan told TBIvision that it decided to take The Golf Channel worldwide instead of computer games focused network […]

ITV to double US production

Granada America is looking to double the number of projects in production following the appointment of Paul Buccieri as head of the company’s LA production team. The US production arm of Britain’s leading commercial broadcaster currently has 14 non scripted projects in production and development as well as a number of scripted series such as […]

Prom Queen team get to work on Foreign Body

Michael Eisner’s digital production company Vuguru will follow up the success of online slasher series Prom Queen with a live-action series, which is a prequel to upcoming Robin Cook book Foreign Body. The series will be coproduced with France-based producer Cyber Group Animation, which will also handle international sales of the show. As with Prom […]

Zee getting into US production

Indian media outfit Zee is set to produce local content in the United States for the first time. Punit Goenka, director at Zee Entertainment, told TBIvision that it will launch two reality based singing contests for its Zee USA channel. First up it will launch An Takshri and Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa (Do Re […]

Univsion plans original programming push

US Hispanic broadcaster Univision is ramping up original programming this year as it faces the possible axing of its lucrative content pipeline from Mexican programmer Televisa. Univision is set to face Televisa in court in March, a move which could see the channel lose its exclusive output deal. Joe Uva, chief executive officer of Univision, […]