Cream Productions inks deal with LOTR actor Dominic Monaghan

Canada-based Cream Productions has struck co-production partnership with actor, host and producer Dominic Monaghan and his production company Monkey Spunk. Under the deal, Cream and Monaghan will create, develop, and produce unscripted programming as well as augmented reality and virtual reality content. The Lord Of The Rings and Lost actor has worked on multiple occasions […]

ViacomCBS takes 100% control of Israel’s Ananey & launches media fund

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has taken full control of Israeli content producer and pay-TV provider Ananey Communications Group. VCNI is acquiring the shares in Ananey that it does not already own, after taking a minority stake in the group in December 2016. Details of the transaction have not been revealed. As a result, Ananey will […]

Mid-East’s MBC lands Viaplay alum Jakob Mejlhede Andersen

Middle East operator MBC Group – which appointed ex-Zodiak Media CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin as CEO in December – has now added former Viaplay and NENT Studios exec Jakob Mejlhede Andersen to its senior management ranks. Mejlhede Andersen becomes chief content officer at MBC’s streaming service Shahid with a remit that includes working across all […]

UK broadcasters & Pact call for freelance support

UK broadcasters and producers have called on the culture secretary to ensure that TV industry freelancers will qualify for financial support during the Coronavirus crisis. The government announced a package of support last week, but leading industry figures still have concerns that a swathe of those employed in the TV sector will not be covered. […]

Arrow behind Disney+ documentary ‘Animal Kingdom’

UK-based Arrow Media has emerged as the producer behind forthcoming Disney+ documentary Magic Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The behind-the-scenes programme was commissioned for Disney+ by National Geographic and will give viewers an inside look at the operation of two famous theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s The Seas – and the animals that live […]

BBC unveils ‘five-point plan’ to support indie production

The BBC has revealed a five-point plan designed to support the UK’s independent production sector through the Covid-19 pandemic, including doublding the invesgtment in its ‘small indie’ fund. The UK pubcaster said it was “committed to maintaining the creative health and viability of its supply base across the UK during the current disruption and challenges” […]

Exclusive: ‘Fauda’ broadcaster Yes launches Covid-19 network & TVOD service

This week, TBI continues to hear from global broadcasters about how they have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Today, we speak to Keren Gleicher, SVP of content acquisition at Israel’s multichannel and VOD operator Yes Israeli pay TV and streaming outfit Yes – which debuted hit Netflix drama Fauda among numerous others – has […]

News round-up: ZED moves into animation; Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ to return; Cineflix sails away with ‘Coast Guard’

ZED moves into animation with Lina’s World Paris-based producer and distributor ZED has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Lina’s World (aka Les Voyages d’Ismaël), an original 2D animated series that delves into the origins of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The educational show explores the religions through three characters – Ismaël, Lina and Némo – […]

ViacomCBS supercharges Miramax after $375m beIN deal

ViacomCBS is to invest more than $200m into Miramax after completing a $375m deal to acquire a 49% stake in the film and TV studio from Middle East media giant beIN Media Group. The agreement, first unveiled last year, sees ViacomCBS becoming a minority partner to beIN, which retains a 51% stake in the company. […]

ITV slashes bonuses & salaries to deal with Covid-19

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has axed director bonuses and cut the pay of its board by 20% to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. ITV has already scrapped its 2019 dividend but its exec directors, including CEO Carolyn McCall and group CFO Chris Kennedy, will now see their pay slashed and their annual bonus for 2020 […]