BET ups president Scott Mills to CEO

ViacomCBS-owned US BET network has promoted company president Scott Mills to the position of CEO. Mills has served as president at the African American-focused network for the past four years, during which time the company say he has “sparked invaluable change that structured and positioned the legacy brand for future success in a rapidly evolving […]

Discovery, TLC & Ride TV alums join environmental streamer EarthX

Former Discovery and TLC execs are among a handful of new hires by EarthX, the US environmental group that is moving into streaming and TV. Texas-based EarthX operates what it claims is the world’s largest environmental expo and last year moved online, drawing a global audience of almost 600,000 live-stream views. It is now doubling […]

Netflix alum Carolyn Newman & ‘Transplant’ exec Virginia Rankin join Morayniss firm Blink

Blink Studios, the Canadian indie recently launched by John Morayniss, has appointed former Netflix originals exec Carolyn Newman as EVP of global scripted and Transplant exec Virginia Rankin as in-house executive producer. Based in Los Angeles and reporting directly to CEO Morayniss, Newman will focus on the development of scripted content for the newly launched indie studio. Toronto-based Rankin will meanwhile work closely with Newman to discover […]

MIPTV confirms 2022 show, format & doc events subsumed

MIPTV organisers RX France (formerly Reed Midem) have confirmed that a 59th edition will take place in Cannes next April, but off-shoots MIPFORMATS and MIPDOC are being rolled into the main event. The ‘reformatted’ three-day event will run 4 to 6 April and again take up residence at the Palais des Festivals. The MipFormats and […]

Disney TV Animation bolsters development team

Disney Television Animation is bolstering its development team, hiring Blue Sky Studios’ Lisa Fragner as VP and promoting Elizabeth Waybright Taylor into the same role. Both will report to Emily Hart, SVP, animation development, Disney Branded Television, as the studio looks to expand its linear and Disney+ animation slate. New York-based Fragner joined Disney-owned Blue […]

News round-up: Kudos hires for finance; C4 creates 15k industry opportunities; ‘Ernest and Célestine’ pre-sales

Kudos hires StudioCanal alum for finance Kudos has appointed James Forde, the former COO and CFO of StudioCanal, as its new finance director with immediate effect, Reporting to Kudos joint-MD Martin Haines, Forde will lead the Kudos finance team, creating an operational infrastructure to service Kudos and Wild Mercury productions. Taking responsibility for financial management, reporting, governance and the […]

NATPE details Miami line-up, incl NBCU alum Bob Greenblatt & Banijay’s Cris Abrego

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has revealed the first programming details for its Miami-based event next year, with WarnerMedia alum Bob Greenblatt and Banijay America chief Cris Abrego among speakers. The annual in-person event is set to take place between 18 and 20 January 2022 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida. […]

Boom ups Hollie Abbott to director of development

ITV Studios-owned Welsh production company Boom has promoted Hollie Abbott to director of development. In her new role, she will focus on growing the development team and developing more new original programming for Boom’s slate, which includes UKTV’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats, BBC’s Daytime series, Dom Delivers, S4C’s crime drama 35 Diwrnod and More 4’s Historic House Rescue. Abbott joined Cardiff-based […]

Shahid VIP takes UK ‘Stand UP’ format to MENA

MBC Group-owned Arabic SVOD service Shahid VIP has ordered a local adaptation of comedy format The Stand Up Sketch Show. Different Productions will produce the 10 x 30-minute series, which will be known locally as Stand UP, for Shahid VIP, based on the format created by Spirit Studios for ITV2 in the UK, which is […]

Bulgaria & Slovakia catch up with ITVS quizzer ‘The Chase’

Bulgarian broadcaster Nova and Markiza in Slovakia have ordered local versions of ITV Studios (ITVS) quizshow format The Chase. The show was created by ITVS’s UK production outfit Potato and requires a team of four strangers to face tough, quick-fire questions individually to build up their team’s prize money. To make it back to their […]