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 […]

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. […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Kids round-up: Hopster comes to Mediacom in US; Ameba picks up anime series

Hopster heads to Mediacom Children’s TV streamer Hopster is now available to US subscribers of the Mediacom OnDemand service. The content, focused on pre-schoolers, includes vocabulary-learning show Lingokids and the numeracy-focused Numberblocks, as well as family favourites such as Bob The Builder and In The Night Garden. Mediacom is currently offering a one-month free Hopster […]

Exclusive: TV2’s Anette Rømer on “business as usual” in Denmark

All this week, TBI is hearing from broadcasters around the world about the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on their businesses. Today we speak to Anette Rømer at Denmark’s TV2, about how the Danish operator has strengthened local content but passed on “Corona programming” It might be surprising to hear, considering what is […]

Disney+ unveils India price rise & new launch date

Disney is to push ahead with the roll-out of its news streaming service Disney+ in India, with a revised launch date of 3 April. The streamer was meant to launch in the country on 29 March to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL cricket season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the […]

Exclusive: RTÉ’s Dermot Horan on ‘buying time’ as production slows

All this week, TBI is hearing from broadcasters around the world about the kind of changes they have had to make to adapt to the Coronavirus pandemic. Today we speak to Dermot Horan, RTÉ acquisitions chief – and European Broadcasting Union committee member – about how the Irish pubcaster is adapting and the wider picture […]

Disney unveils raft of pay cuts to deal with Covid-19

Disney’s top execs – including VP’s, SVP’s and EVP’s – are to take pay cuts to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, with new CEO Bob Chapek and executive chairman Bob Iger taking the largest reductions. In a memo sent to staff on Monday, Chapek said that he will reduce his salary by […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How kids control what appears on screen

Almost two-thirds of parents believe their child usually controls what’s on TV when they’re co-viewing, according to recent research from ViacomCBS. Christian Kurz, SVP of the company’s global consumer insights team, tells TBI what that means for the content appearing on our screens. Research often tends to look back or at the present. When it […]

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