Ex-CableReady exec joins Chicken Soup

Former CableReady and CMJ Productions sales chief Lou Occhicone has joined Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. The exec worked for the now defunct CableReady for 13 years before joining US prodco CMJ as head of a new third-party rights sales business. He has subsequently consulted for Buck Productions and Australia-based Flame Distribution, but has […]

Viewpoint, Gary Lico: Guess what? Everyone was right

Sorry for the old school rant here, but everything industry pundits said would happen a couple dozen years ago has happened. All those pesky rules that curtailed media cross-ownership, studio ownership, channel ownership and just plain global domination have gone away. These were big issues as recently as the 1980s; the theory was that if […]

Buyers circled CableReady before closure

DRG and Content Media Corp. were among those that came close to acquiring the assets of Canadian distributor before it decided to close operations yesterday, it is understood. The distributors both held talks with CableReady CEO Gary Lico (left) over a deal to take on the company’s assets after it had gone into Chapter 11 […]

CableReady loses personnel but reports buyer interest

CableReady, the US-based distributor that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has more than one potential suitor at due diligence stage of buying the company. Founder Gary Lico says there has been progress with the ongoing legal proceedings with a “partial agreement” reached with one major creditor. In terms of potential buyers for the […]

Lou Occhicone leaves CableReady

Lou Occhicone has left CableReady, the producer and distributor that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Occhicone was senior VP of operations at CableReady, overseeing daily operations and the sales staff as well as having responsibility for managing contracts. He was also involved in programme development having been an exec on CableReady’s Intersections series […]

Lico says CableReady has cut new programming deals, still in business

Gary Lico, the founder and boss of CableReady, has told customers and associates of the company that it is still in business and has cut several significant programming deals despite last week’s filing for bankruptcy protection. Lico wrote to contacts yesterday to clarify the situation following the Chapter 11 filing, announced last Friday (June 21). […]

CableReady files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

US-based distributor CableReady has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a US court. The company, run by industry veteran Gary Lico (above), said it had explored all options to stave off Chapter 11 including the sale of the business. Lico, a well-known industry figure and regular attendee at all international programming markets founded the […]

News brief: CABLEready secures 220 hours of sales

US-based distributor CABLEready has secured deals with global broadcasters totaling more than 220 hours. Included in the deals are ones with Discovery Turbo and Discovery Science in Latin America for reality series Saw Dogs and season two of Oddities, respectively. Elsewhere in Latin America, NBC has licensed Hollywood-themed Focus On. Asian Food Channel, Australia’s Foxtel, […]

MIPTV News: CABLEready secures pre-market deals

International distributor CABLEready has secured 170 hours of programming deals ahead of MIPTV, including deals with Discovery and BSkyB. Discovery in France has bought two season of Oddities, which comes from US producer Leftfield Pictures and follows the extraordinary science uncovered by the proprietors of Manhattan’s Obscura Antiques & Oddities. The deal comprises a total […]

Crime, seen investigation

As factual crime shows go from strength to strength, TBI takes witness statements from channel controllers, distributors and executives. Tim Adler uncovers why crime pays. Wives With Knives. Born to Kill. Surviving Evil. All true-crime shows whose titles could have been ripped from the headlines of this morning’s tabloids. From serial killers bip-bopping around the […]