Westbrook Studios takes full control of Global Screen owner Telepool

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s production firm Westbrook Studios has taken full control of Germany’s Telepool, after acquiring the 50% of the company it didn’t already own from Swiss outfit Elysian Invest. The Smith’s company, which itself received minority backing from Kevin Mayer and Tom Stagg’s Candle Media earlier this week, had first invested […]

‘Fantastic Four’s Tim Story strikes eOne deal, hires Freeform & ABC alum

Hasbro-owned Entertainment One (eOne) has struck a first-look deal with Fantastic Four director Tim Story and his prodco The Story Company, which has hired a former ABC exec to oversee the pact. The agreement will see Story and eOne develop TV shows for all platforms, with the deal reuniting the film director and eOne global […]

Exclusive: US broadcast groups, Sony & Netflix mooted among The CW suitors

US broadcast groups, along with Sony and Netflix, have been tipped to be among potential suitors for US-based The CW, after its chairman & CEO Mark Pedowitz confirmed reports that the network is in sale talks. Pedowitz, who has been at the helm of the Riverdale network since 2011, addressed “recent speculation” in a memo […]

BBC hires ITN boss to head news & current affairs

The BBC has appointed ITN boss Deborah Turness as the CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs. The executive will be charged with leading the broadcaster’s news coverage across TV and digital, along with setting the agenda for its online news coverage. She will have responsibility for a team of around 6,000 people who in […]

South Shore hires Dragonfly alum to head Welsh office

UK indie South Shore Productions has appointed former Drangonfly west boss Simon Kerfoot to head up South Shore Wales. Kerfoot will be based in the Cardiff office of the ITV Studios-backed firm, which is behind programming including Channel 4’s The Greatest Snowman and Sky’s The Billion Dollar Scoundrel. Working alongside COO Antony Hughes, and co-CEOs […]

CNN+ orders Alison Roman cooking show

US-based news network CNN has partnered with celebrity chef and food writer Alison Roman for a new cooking show for its upcoming SVOD service CNN+. The as-yet-unnamed show will debut exclusively later this year on the platform, which is due to launch in spring. Roman will serve as executive producer with Lydia Tenaglia and Chris […]

David E Kelley’s ‘Big Little Lies’ prodco appoints new president

Big Little Lies prodco David E Kelley Productions has promoted writer and producer Matthew Tinker to the role of president, all media. His appointment marks the first time in more than a decade since the company has had a president and comes as the firm expands its slate, with recent orders for dramas including The […]

Argonon eyes ‘hyperspace leap’ in commissioning as rebrand unveiled

UK- and US-based production group Argonon has unveiled its first ever rebrand, ahead of plans for a “hyperspace leap” in commissioning this year. The company, which has offices in London, LA, New York, Glasgow and Liverpool, said its new brand proposition and the ‘The World Watches’ tagline “underpins Argonon’s journey and the ambitions of the group […]

WarnerMedia reveals HBO & HBO Max subscriber numbers

HBO and HBO Max ended 2021 with a cumulative total of 73.8 million subscribers, WarnerMedia has revealed in a regulatory filing. The total figure exceeds Warner’s guidance that the brands would be between 70-73 million subscribers by the end of 2021. It is up from the 69.4 million subscribers recorded in September. This number represents […]

ViacomCBS & WarnerMedia explore sale of The CW

WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS are exploring a sale of their jointly owned US broadcast network The CW, with American regional operator Nexstar Media Group among suitors, according to reports. AT&T WarnerMedia, which is in the process of merging with Discovery, and ViacomCBS are considering selling either a controlling stake or the entirety of the Superman & […]

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