eOne cuts workforce again ahead of Lionsgate’s $500m acquisition

Entertainment One (eOne)’s workforce is being cut again, ahead of the completion of its $500m acquisition by Lionsgate expected later this month. US reports have differed on the total number of lay-offs, with some claiming that up to 10% of staff will be let go while others suggest it will only be a single-digit percentage. […]

Viaplay to sell Paprika Studios as shares dive 75% on Q3 results & recapitalisation plan

Viaplay has seen its shares dive 75% this morning after unveiling a recapitalisation plan ahead of its delayed Q3 results, with the embattled Nordic streamer also confirming it will be selling its Central and Eastern European production group Paprika Studios. The streamer revealed its operating income had declined SEK321 ($31m) in Q3 while net income […]

Banijay to ‘ambitiously expand’ branded content with Carlotta Rossi Spencer-led division

Banijay plans to “ambitiously expand” its branded content activities by launching a central, standalone division led by Carlotta Rossi Spencer that will work across the production group’s 21-country footprint. Banijay Branded Entertainment (BBE) will look to create content for brands both at a local and global level, working with ad agencies and companies themselves to […]

Federation Studios brings YA drama ‘We Are Legend’ to market

Federation Studios has picked up Italian young adult fantasy series We Are Legend for distribution and will be bringing the show to Content London this week. The show was produced for broadcaster RAI and Amazon streamer Prime Video Italia by Italian production company Fabula Pictures (part of Federation Studios), in collaboration with Rai Fiction and […]

‘Bluey’ expands in Middle East with Spacetoon Kids broadcast & licensing deal

Spacetoon Kids, the pan-Arab kids FTA channel, has acquired the first season of Australian animated hit Bluey, following a deal with BBC Studios Kids & Family. Produced by Ludo Studio, in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia, the series follows Bluey, a loveable, inexhaustible, Blue Heeler dog, who lives with her mum, dad and […]

WGGB calls for “complete reset” as Diamond report records “significant drop” in UK women writers & directors

The number of women writers and directors contributing to British TV has declined over the past six years, despite industry initiatives to address the gender gap, according to the latest Diamond report from the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). The UK organisation dedicated to improving DE&I has published a new overview of its broadcaster-backed Diamond initiative, […]

Blue Ant Media sets top production & distribution team following Marblemedia deal

Blue Ant Media has set the management team that will oversee its yet-to-be named studio and rights business, which is being created following the acquisition of Marblemedia. The enlarged entity will be led by Marblemedia’s co-presidents Mark Bishop, who will oversee scripted development, and Matthew Hornburg, who will head up unscripted development. Diane Rankin, who […]

Mediatoon recruits Princess Sam’s Fréderic Gentet to head up sales

Paris based distributor Mediatoon has appointed Princess Sam Pictures exec Fréderic Gentet to the newly created role of head of sales. Gentet takes on the position with immediate effect, gaining oversight of the company’s marketing and servicing divisions, with responsibility for sales of titles including SamSam: Cosmic Adventures, Garfield and Tintin. He will be based […]

India’s JioCinema unveils kids & family offering with 3,000+ hours of shows

India’s JioCinema is launching a new ‘kids and family’ offering, which will be stocked with more than 3,000 hours of local and internationally acquired programming. The Viacom18-owner platform will target kids of all ages, as well as families, with more than 100 cartoon brands and 300+ series and movies spanning DIY, comedy, adventure and action […]

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