Roku & Apollo team for minority stake bid on Lionsgate’s Starz

Roku has partnered with private equity firm, and former Endemol Shine co-owner, Apollo Global Management to bid for a minority stake in US pay-TV and streaming service Starz. Lionsgate, which owns Starz, revealed in November that it was considering selling or spinning off the service, which is home to dramas such as Outlander and Power. […]

ZDF strengthens its Bridge to Latin America

ZDF has sold the fourth and final season of Bron (The Bridge) to DirecTV Latin America. The first three seasons were successfully broadcast on the pay-TV channel OnDirecTV, leading the Latin American broadcast to re-up on the Swedish/Danish noir thriller. “We’re proud to have been the channel to widely introduce Latin American audiences to the incredible […]

Spanish drama El Accidente sells across Lat Am

Eccho Rights and DirecTV have completed a deal to offer Spanish drama, El Accidente, on DirecTV’s pay TV susbcription service and digital platforms all across Latin America. The hit series from Globomedia in Spain is set to air on DirecTV’s OnDIRECTV channel later this year. El Accidente’s premiere on Telecinco in November 2017 was the most successful new drama launch […]

Scientology seeks followers through new TV net

The Church of Scientology has created a thematic TV channel in the US. The Scientology Network will launch at 8pm ET today, on DirecTV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, according to a dedicated web page. US trades confirmed the carriage deals with the platforms, though TBI could not ratify these before press time. […]

AT&T digital chief to lead Chernin’s Otter as CEO

US-based digital media investments firm Otter Media has appointed a new CEO, who will transfer down from shareholder AT&T. Tony Goncalves has been appointed to the role having consulted with the business since its inception in 2014. Otter has been looking for a new chief since president Sarah Harden became CEO of Hello Sunshine, a […]

Audience Network’s programming head exits

The Audience Network’s programming head Chris Long has left the company after near two decades. Long said he is leaving the AT&T-owned US channel to “pass the baton after pioneering one the most unique TV networks on the landscape today and move on to a new challenge”. “For the past 18 years I’ve felt an […]

Verizon buying rights for OTT streaming TV service

US telco Verizon is the process of securing rights to launch its own OTT TV streaming service, according to press reports. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, the US service provider plans to launch a service with live TV channels this summer that will be separate from its existing Go90 on-demand service and its FiOS […]

Time Warner shareholders welcome AT&T deal

Time Warner’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US telco AT&T’s US$85.4 billion takeover of the company. The vote described the deal as a merger, with 78% of outstanding common stock share votes made in favour of the agreement, and of the overall shares 99% were cast in favour of the proposal. However, the key hurdle for […]

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