CTC exec sells Lean-M stake to Sony

CTC Media senior executive Vyacheslav Murugov has sold his stake in Russian indie producer Lean-M to Sony Pictures Television, according to local reports. Murugov owned a 16% stake, which he has now offloaded for an undisclosed sum. Murugov, who is senior content officer at the free-to-air broadcaster, sold his stake in the company to Sony, […]

MoMedia inks rugby deal with Pulse

MoMedia International, the Endemol-backed digital distributor, has inked a deal with UK indie producer Pulse Films to license the online and mobile rights to the British and Irish Lions’ South African Rugby Tour. The company will license a package of rights including interviews with the players and behind the scenes content. This comes on the […]

M6 acquires raft of US series

French commercial broadcaster M6 has acquired a raft of US series after striking content deals with a number of Hollywood studios. This comes less than a month after the RTL-owned company announced plans to cut its program budget in response to a fall in advertising revenues and is a further signal that the broadcaster will […]

Fennessy brothers swap FremantleMedia for Shine’s Oz start-up

Mark and Carl Fennessy are leaving FremantleMedia Australia to head a new Australian division of Shine Group. The pair, currently CEO and COO respectively at FremantleMedia’s Australian operation, will become joint CEOs of Shine Australia. FMA said that it anticipates the pair remaining in their current roles until end-November. Shine Australia will, accordingly, start operating […]

Kandola exits ITV

ITV’s director of acquisitions Jay Kandola is leaving the UK commercial broadcaster. ITV has made swingeing staff cuts in recent months and Kandola will depart in June. TBIvision reported in early March that Kandola’s position was under threat as part of the ITV cost cutting program. Kandola didn’t attend MIP. ITV said in a statement: […]

Break acquires HBOlab

Online video platform Break Media has acquired HBOlab, the premium cable network’s digital production studio. The deal will see Break Media, which operates the male skewing entertainment site and produces online series such as Bro Search and What Would Kimbo Do?, acquire HBOlab’s library, current slate of productions, a number of employees and its […]

MGM scoops Stargate, movie sales

Hollywood studio MGM has inked a raft of programming deals following the MIP TV market including the sale of its latest Stargate franchise to Sky One. Sky One, the entertainment channel run by the News Corp-owned pay TV broadcaster BSkyB, has picked up the free-to-air and pay TV rights to SGU: Stargate Universe, the sequel […]

ITV gets Cold Feet in Poland, Czech Republic

ITV Global Entertainment has cut deal for Cold Feet and sold its scripted series into Poland, where a local version is in production for free-to-air broadcaster TVN, Tobi de Graff, director of global TV distribution at the distributor told TBIvision. ITV GE, the commercial arm of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, is also about to conclude […]

Weinsteins will pay NBC for Runway switch

Producer/distributor The Weinstein Company has agreed to compensate NBC for switching reality series Project Runway from the NBC-owned Bravo channel to Disney and Hearst-backed Lifetime. The two parties have agreed a deal following a legal wrangle that ensued after The Weinstein Company cut a deal, reportedly worth US$150 million, for the series, which had previously aired […]

Former AOL boss Miller confirmed as News Corp’s digital boss

Jon Miller, former CEO of AOL, is to become CEO, Digital Media at News Corp and will be in charge of all of the company’s digital and mobile businesses. Miller will report directly to Rupert Murdoch. This follows the recently announced departure of COO Peter Chernin and subsequent management shuffle. Miller, who was ousted from […]