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Virgin squares Full Circle with exclusive deal

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has acquired three seasons of US drama Full Circle. The exclusive agreement means Virgin has taken rights to DirecTV-commissioned Full Circle: Los Angeles (season one of the trilogy), Full Circle: Chicago (S2) and Full Circle: Miami (S3). Virgin has been pushing into exclusive content in order to differentiate against […]

Walter Presents adds Belgian drama double

Hot on the heels of its first international expansion, UK-created VOD service Walter Presents has acquired a pair of Belgian dramas. The Channel 4-backed service has bought Coppers and 13 Commandments from Canada’s Attraction Distribution, which is part of Attraction Media. Coppers, produced for VTM, follows a no-nonsense police chief, while 13 Commandments is serialised […]

Russian nets form pact for Hollywood deals

A trio of Russian broadcasters have allied to group-buy content from the Hollywood studios, according to a local report. Kommersant claims CTC Media, National Media Group and YUTV will team up to drive down costs of buying American programming for their channels. The reports adds the trio will also combine online advertising and TV channel […]

Amazon to maintain originals investment

Amazon’s increased spend on original content will “continue in 2017 and likely beyond”, as it continues to build engagement through its video strategy. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian T. Olsavsky said that last year Amazon Prime customers more than doubled their amount of hours they spent consuming video, […]

Fox, Viaplay team for Fox+ streaming service

Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa and Viaplay have launched Fox+, a new drama and entertainment streaming for the Nordic region. The new service will have a raft of premium drama from the Hollywood studio arm of Fox, its cable production arm, as well as drama content from the international FNG. TV titles include Prison […]

BBC-backed House continues staff build

Fledgling UK drama prodco House Productions has hired a commercial chief, as the firm continues to build its ranks. Haryy Dixon has left Film4 to become commercial director for House, which launched last year and quickly founded backers in the shape of BBC Worldwide and Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment. Dixon will join in March, and […]

Changing of the guard at Tiger Aspect

Longtime Tiger Aspect exec Sophie Clarke-Jervoise is stepping down, with Ben Cavey and Will Gould taking over at the Endemol Shine UK prodco. Clarke-Jervoise joined Tiger Aspect in 2005 as head of comedy and became managing director in 2012. Cavey and Gould will become co-MDs under the new structure, having previously run Cave Bear, the […]

ITV poaches US scripted exec from Endemol Shine

The US drama division of ITV Studios has hired Dwayne Shattuck as its executive VP, production. Shattuck joins the ITV team from Endemol Shine Studios, where he was senior VP. He will report to Philippe Maigret, the former Endemol Studios boss who runs ITV Studios America. The new recruit will oversee production of the division’s […]

Chilean net bags Kanal D dramas

Chilean broadcaster Mega has acquired a trio of drama series from the sales arm of Turkish network Kanal D. The deal comprises Wounded Love and Time Goes By, plus a re-up of Fatmagül, and in total represents around 1,200 commercial hours of content. Wounded Love follows a family shattered by war during a period of […]

C4-backed Walter Presents launching in the US

Channel 4-backed streaming service Walter Presents will launch in the US in March. The on-demand, which specialises in drama programming from around the world, has proved popular in launch territory the UK. Broadcaster Channel 4, which runs Walter Presents with Global Series Network (GSN), has previously outlined plans to expand Walter Presents internationally, and the […]