Vikings drives MGM growth as Tellem joins board

Strong worldwide sales of scripted drama Vikings helped Hollywood studio MGM report revenue growth of 164% in its second quarter. MGM parent MGM Holdings reported revenue of US$339 million for the three months to June 30, 2012, up from US$128.4 million in 2012, news that was compounded by the announcement Microsoft Studios chief and former […]

RTL, CBS launch channels JV in Asia

European broadcaster RTL Group and distributor CBS Studios International are launching a pair of thematic channels in south east Asia. The nets, RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme, will be operated by a new Singapore-based joint venture, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. This will comprise a local management team reporting into a board of […]

Liberty Global restructures CEE following Virgin deal

Liberty Global has reshuffled management at its Central and Eastern Europe division as it seeks to drive better regional cooperation across its portfolio following the acquisition of UK MSO Virgin Media. Under the new CEE structure Betzalel Kenigsztein takes the new role of managing director, CEE. The move sees Kenigsztein elevated from Liberty Global’s managing […]

Chello restructures CEE channels unit

Chellomedia has restructured its channels distribution unit at its CEE division. The company, the content and channels division of pay TV firm Liberty Global, said it had “restructured its sales operations to achieve an even more streamlined and efficient workflow”. The rejig sees Alena Blahovcova, VP affiliate sales, leave the company and Balázs Hajós being […]

Scripps dishes up Turkish Food Network

Scripps Networks Interactive’s Food Network has launched in Turkey. The SD and HD service has launched on the D-Smart platform and will reach 700,000 of the pay TV operator’s subscribers. The channel is DSmart’s Extended Basic tier and the HD version will be carried on an exclusive basis. The carriage deal follows an exclusive agreement […]

Susan Elkington leaves Chellomedia

Susan Elkington has left Chellomedia after more than a decade at the company, TBI can reveal. Elkington was executive VP, content development, acquisitions and programming, film and general entertainment at Chellomedia, which is the content division of Liberty Global. In a career at Chello that stretches back to 2001, she spearheaded the roll out of […]

Liberty quiet on Chellomedia sale report

Liberty Global has declined to comment on a report in the Wall Street Journal that it has put its Chellomedia content business up for sale. According to the Journal, Liberty Global has put Chellomedia up for a sale in a move that could potentially lead to a deal valued at between US$800 million and US$1 […]

Extreme Sports green lights Roller Derby

The Extreme Sports Channel has commissioned Roller Derby, a  reality show about the London Rollergirls league. The 13x30mins show will be made by UK indie Rampage Studio and marks the first time Roller derby has been televised outside the US. The show chronicles the lives of the women who take part in the high-impact sport […]

Music channel Sol Musica launching on YouTube

Sol Musica, the Iberian music channel, has launched its own YouTube channel. The linear channel has been running for fifteen years and the YouTube service rolled out this week. Exclusive content from Sol Musica will be uploaded to the online channel and at launch  it had 400 concerts and 1,500 interviews with music stars including […]

Chellomedia expands management team

Chellomedia has announced a management shake-up that includes two new appointments. The Liberty Global-owned channel operator has appointed Simon Freer as chief commercial officer. In addition to overseeing revenue growth in the existing portfolio of 66 channels, the former global head of TMT at private equity firm 3i Group will lead Chellomedia’s corporate development team […]