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Networks up, movies and distribution down at Sony

Sony Corp.’s film and TV division swung to a loss in the most recent quarter with the Japanese company and Hollywood studio blaming a decrease in revenues from its film business and TV licensing. Speaking on the company’s conference call following its quarter to end-June results announcement, Steven Kober, CFO and executive VP, America, said […]

AMC restructures production for studio

AMC is restructuring its in-house studio unit under Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt. The pair will led AMC Studios, with a remit to increase the amount of programming AMC Networks owns from its network. The US-based pay TV group has produced recent series such as Fear the Walking Dead (pictured) and Into the Badlands through AMC […]

Collier replaces Barnett at SundanceTV

AMC’s president, Charlie Collier, will add SundanceTV to his duties. By becoming president and general manager of the AMC Networks channel, he replaces Sarah Barnett, who was named president of BBC America last year. She has continued to run SundanceTV in the interim. He will continue with his president and GM at AMC, and reporting […]

Netflix a ‘bad idea for Aussie consumers’

An Australian price comparison website is urging consumers to think twice before signing up to Netflix or other local SVOD competitors. has warned acquiring Netflix could be a “bad idea” and that consumers should “do their research and understand all the necessary considerations before buying Netflix and other internet TV providers”. Launching a comprehensive attack […]

Spike UK inks Tattoo format, Breaking Bad deals

Viacom’s Spike UK channel will launch with a locally commissioned tattoos-gone-wrong series and has acquired hit US drama Breaking Bad (pictured). The channel launches this spring, replacing Viacom International Media Network’s music channel Viva on the UK free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview. It will be programmed with US fare as well as off-net Channel 5 series and acquired […]

Stan nabs Amazon series, launches ahead of Netflix

Stan has become the latest subscription video-on-demand service to roll out in Australia, beating streaming heavyweight Netflix, which will launch in the territory later this year. The new service is a joint venture between free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network and Fairfax Media. At launch its programming line-up included several series from Amazon, including Transparent and Mozart […]

AMC preps roll out of Breaking Bad spin-off Saul

AMC will launch the first episodes of the much-anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul on consecutive nights next February. The cable net said the series will launch on Sunday, February 8 in a 10pm slot. The second episode will then go out on AMC the following day, also at 10pm. It will then revert […]

Sony targets $11bn sales by 2018

Sony Corp. plans to use its growing television business to spearhead a revival in its entertainment business and push revenues for the division to US$11 billion. Revealing financial targets to investors in Japan, the electronics and content giant said it wanted Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring in between US$10 billion and US$11 billion by March […]

NATPE adds showrunners to NATPE line-up

NATPE and will bring a range of showrunners and creative talent to its Miami convention for a new conference strand, “Storytellers and the Shaping of Pop Culture”. Jay Leno will share a session with fellow talkshow host Craig Ferguson. Showrunners and programme makers including Community’s Dan Harmon and doc-maker Morgan Spurlock will each get their […]

Nine’s SVOD service to launch with Better Call Saul

Nine Network’s upcoming A$100 million (US$86.7 million) SVOD service will launch in the new year, with the acquisition of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul in the bag. Nine Entertainment and joint venture partner Fairfax Media today revealed the subscription on-demand platform would be called Stan, and is the first overseas buyer of Better Call […]