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Dawn Airey to exit RTL

Former Channel 5 chief Dawn Airey is to exit European broadcast group RTL. Airey has been with RTL for five years, initially as CEO and chairman of UK terrestrial Channel 5 and latterly in a role that was thought to see her explore RTL’s chances of launching channels in the US. In an internal announcement […]

MIPTV News: DLT/Raydar Rights preps first slate

Alison Rayson and Don Taffner Jr.’s fledgling distributor is heading to MIPTV with a slate spanning drama, gameshows and kids programming. Indie distributor DLT/Raydar Rights was created last year through the merger of the sales arm of Taffner Jr.’s DLT Entertainment and former Target executive Rayson’s Raydar Media. Its first full slate will be unveiled […]

MIPTV News: Channel 5 explores Chloe’s Closet

UK terrestrial Channel 5 has acquired kids’ series Chloe’s Closet for its children’s strand Milkshake! ahead of MIPTV. The news comes as distributor Moonscoop prepares to launch a 52x11mins second season internationally in Cannes. Channel 5 has become the latest broadcaster to buy the preschooler. Chloe has already run in the UK on Cartoonito but […]

UK retransmission ruling is ‘significant moment’

A court ruling stating online ‘rebroadcaster’ illegally transmitted live UK terrestrial TV channels represents a “significant” moment in European broadcasting history, a broadcast law expert has said. Yesterday, Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, ruled UK-based TVCatchup Ltd has infringed ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5’s copyright by transmitting live feeds of […]

News brief: TalkTalk chairman to be interim YouView chair

UK connected-TV platform YouView has appointed Sir Charles Dunstone as interim chairman while a permanent replacement for Lord Alan Sugar is found. Sugar resigned as non-executive chairman of the IPTV platform last week amid rumours of a massive bust up with Richard Desmond, the owner of YouView partner Channel 5, in which the latter allegedly […]

Lord Sugar steps down from YouView

IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at UK connected TV platform YouView. Sugar, founder of pioneering electronics brand Amstrad, will step down from his position at the broadcaster-backed IPTV service over the next few weeks, with a replacement chairman announced in due course. He […]

Channel 5 calls on Trauma Doctors

UK commercial net Channel 5 has ordered a new observational documentary series set in a London trauma centre. Trauma Doctors (4x60mins) will follow a group of specialist air ambulance medics at the Royal London Hospital as they battle to detect and identify victims’ life-or-death ailments. It debuts in April. Channel 5’s head of factual, news […]

Cake inks Random House distribution deal

Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment (RHCSE) has appointed Cake the distributor of its new animated series Wanda and the Alien. Cake will sell the preschool series internationally. The first episodes of the 52x10mins series will debut in Q4 2013 on UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5’s milkshake! The TV series also represents the first book-to-screen transfer […]

Bananas in Pyjamas lands at Disney Junior

Disney Junior in Canada has picked up preschool kids series Bananas in Pyjamas. The channel has acquired two seasons of the CGI animated series comprising 156x12mins in all. The shows is sold internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution and the Disney deal was cut by Matt Creasey,  its senior VP, sales and acquisitions, Americas, Asia, Australia […]

Discovery buys more Born to Kill

Twofour Rights, the international sales arm of Twofour, has signed a US presale with Investigation Discovery in the US, and brokered a number of international deals for Born To Kill. Discovery already airs the serial killer series, titled Twisted in the US, and has committed to another 12 hours. Twofour added that Discovery Latin America […]