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Howard T. Owens spells out Propagate’s Asia ambitions

Ahead of his debut at the Asia TV Forum, Propagate Content co-founder Howard T. Owens tells TBI his plans to break into the Indian market and what’s to follow the business’s recent acquisition of Jane The Virgin (pictured) producer Electus. Manori Ravindran reports. Known for bringing hit formats such as Mexico’s Ugly Betty and the […]

Propagate buys Electus, invests in Black-ish producer

Propagate Content has acquired Running Wild With Bear Grylls producer-distributor Electus from IAC, while taking a majority stake in talent agency and Black-ish producer Artists First. Electus was originally founded by Propagate chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman with the backing of IAC in 2009. The exec left the business in 2016 to create Propagate with co-CEO […]

All3Media America’s Lipstone lands at Propagate

Former All3Media America boss Greg Lipstone has joined Lore producer Propagate Content as president. The exec is to work alongside founder and co-CEO Howard T. Owens and chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman. Lipstone departed Undercover Boss producer All3Media America in January after just over two years as CEO. Prior to joining the Liberty Global and […]

Propagate appoints unscripted veteran to lead unit

US indie Propagate Content has hired Laurie Girion as executive VP of non-scripted content. Girion will report to chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman and co-CEO Howard T. Owens. She will oversee creative development and production of Propagate’s non-scripted content. The exec will manage a team that includes Kevin Healy, who has been promoted to senior […]

Propagate gains backing from The Raine Group

Indie studio Propagate Content has secured “significant” financial investment from merchant bank The Raine Group. Propagate looks to use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth globally through the launch of innovative new ventures and targeted acquisitions. The studio is looking to expand its worldwide production, distribution and digital businesses, including the formation of a […]

Propagate teams with Wachter to launch prodco

Propagate Content is teaming with executive producer and showrunner Charles Wachter to launch a new production company, Hard Twenty. Based in Los Angeles and Toronto, Hard Twenty is the first production company to launch under the Propagate umbrella. Propagate and Hard Twenty have an exclusive coproduction agreement with Propagate retaining all international distribution rights for […]

TBI weekly round-up: Diana doc, Silverman’s Jamaican drama

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 19-23, 2017). Drive’s Diana doc delivers deals This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death and prodcos and distributors worldwide have taken notice. There have been a range of recent deals for shows around […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

What went down at NATPE Miami

NATPE welcomed the usual mix of buyers, sellers, programme-makers and hustlers to Miami last week. Buyers from Latin America were out in force, with a smattering of acquisition execs from Scandinavia, France and Germany. During the week, two of Spanish-language TV’s biggest players, Univision and Televisa, said they were unifying production and development, a major […]

New McKillop prodco pacts with Sky Vision

Former A&E controller and Propagate Content co-founder David McKillop has resurfaced with a production pact with UK distributor Sky Vision and its New York subsidiary, Jupiter Entertainment. McKillop’s new prodco, Europa, will be housed in Jupiter’s Manhattan offices. It will, however, function as an independent producer that aims to produce scripted and factual series. McKillop […]

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