Chamberlain lands top CBS Studios Intn’l role

Barry Chamberlain has been promoted to the new role of president, sales at CBS Studios International. The promotion will see Chamberlain leading CBS’s international sales efforts and reporting into Armando Nuñez, CEO and president of CBS Global Distribution Group. Chamberlain will now lead CBS’s international content distribution business, working with Nuñez and 13 regional offices […]

CBS says new platforms allow it to ‘reset’ content sales business

CBS’ COO Joe Ianniello has told analysts that the introduction of new platforms and digital services is allowing the company to “reprice and reset” what it can command for its content. CBS recently issued bullish forecasts for its international content business and Ianniello told a Wells Fargo TMT conference this week that the advent of […]

Halloween treat as Netflix buys Dexter

Netflix has acquired all eight seasons of the recently ended Showtime serial killer drama Dexter and will launch half on Halloween night. The first four will be available instantly on the service on October 31, with the final four added on January 1, 2014. The finale episode of the series, about a police blood spatter […]

Dexter shatters Showtime records as it bows out

Showtime’s dark cable drama Dexter yesterday bowed out with the highest ever single episode ratings on the CBS-owned premium channel. The final episode of the show’s eight and last season took 2.8 million viewers in its 9pm slot, up 13% on the season’s debut – a figure that represents Showtime’s largest ever audience for an […]

Netflix goes live in the Netherlands

Netflix went live today in the Netherlands, offering streamed access to its catalogue of movies and films for €7.99 per month. At launch the US-based VOD giant promised to offer “thousands of hours of entertainment,” including all episodes of its four original series that debuted this year and have not previously aired in the Netherlands […]

Cable, broadcast clashes as CBS remains dark on TWC

Time Warner Cable viewers are facing a fourth day without leading broadcast network CBS as an explosive row over controversial retransmission fees escalated over the weekend. CBS went dark on on Friday in the US after carriage negotiations between Time Warner-owned cable platform TWC and CBS Corp. broke down last week with both sides flinging […]

Showtime plots Seymour Hoffman series and Time of Death

US cable channel Showtime is working on a new comedy pilot starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and a doc series about people facing imminent death. Further news coming out of Showtime sees the CBS-owned channel scoring an overall two-year dealwith Dexter showrunner Scott Buck. Hoffman’s pilot, titled Trending Down is billed as a “blistering […]

Showtime’s Ray Donovan grows audience in second week

Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan has bucked the trend of new US scripted series dipping in their second week of broadcast by growing its audience by 15%. The uptick represents the first show in Showtime’s history to improve on its series premiere ratings. The audience went from a record breaking 1.35 million viewers last week to […]

SBS Oz poaches Ten exec for programming role

Australian multicultural pubcaster SBS has raided commercial terrestrial Network Ten for its network programme manager. Australian programming veteran Peter Andrews (left) joins as head of network programming to replace Jane Roscoe, who relocated to the UK in January to take on the role of head of international content for the pubcaster. Andrews will be responsible […]

Good Wife, Dexter set for Lovefilm launch

Amazon-owned on-demand platform Lovefilm has secured CBS Studios International-distributed scripted programming including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Dexter. The deal will see a range of shows from CBSSI launch on the platform in Germany and the UK. These include CBS series Good Wife and Blue Bloods and Showtime series including Nurse Jackie, Californication and […]