UK gov’t defends drama tax break system

The UK government has defended the incoming television tax break system, following concerns the scheme would favour US companies over UK drama producers. Earlier this week, Justin Thomas-Glover and Patrick Irwin of UK-based drama financing consultancy Far Moor launched a scathing attack on the system, which comes into effect on April 1. They claimed the […]

Experts warn UK producers over drama tax credits

A pair of top British drama executives have warned UK producers could miss out on the benefits of the incoming UK tax credits system to US rivals. Justin Thomas-Glover and Patrick Irwin of new UK drama production finance consultancy Far Moor pointed to CBS-owned network Showtime’s decision to use the credit, which comes into play […]

Reports: Hulu board talking to buyers

The board of US video-on-demand site Hulu has held discussions with a number of potential buyers in an effort to establish their interest in acquiring the site, according to US press reports. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported that News Corp and Disney – Hulu’s joint owners along with Comcast – were weighing […]

Hulu names Forssell interim CEO

Hulu has appointed its senior VP of content Andy Forssell as its interim CEO and he will take charge following departure of current boss Jason Kilar at the end of the month. In a blog post announcing the move, Kilar said that Forssell had the Hulu board’s “strong support” and that a permanent decision would […]

News brief: Nick Jr acquires Justin Time

Nick Jr. in France has bought seasons one and two of Canadian-produced animated series Justin Time. Season two 26x11mins show, which comes from Toronto’s Guru Studios, has also sold to Disney in Australia, Finland’s YLE and Israel’s Hop! channel. The show already broadcasts in more than 70 territories on channels such as NBC and Sprout […]

Lucasfilm kills Clone Wars, taking Star Wars in new direction

Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise and which was bought by Disney for US$4 billion last year, has cancelled its Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and postponed the Star Wars Detours project. The studio said that it is looking at a whole new Star Wars series set in an entirely new time […]

Sky and Disney launch pay TV channel

UK pay TV platform BSkyB and Hollywood Studio Disney are launching a pay TV channel Sky Movies Disney. The new channel will have new and classic Disney and Pixar movies and marks the first time Disney has ever been involved in a co-branded linear movie channel. Sky has a longstanding output deal with Disney and […]

ABC Family orders two new reality series

Disney-owned US cable network ABC Family has ordered a half-hour reality comedy series from the Gurin Company and another about twenty-somethings in Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard will follow the lives and loves of a group of youngsters over a summer in Martha’s Vineyard. The docu soap will be made by US producer 25/7 Productions (The […]

YouTube partner Rightster acquires Preview Networks

YouTube channel partner Rightster has acquired Preview Networks, a distributor of movie trailers online. Rightster said the acquisition would enable it to roll out additional services on YouTube across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries. Preview Networks represents over 300 rightsholders and 2,500 publishers including Disney, MTV and Sony. Rightster said the deal […]

Starz inks huge content deal with Sony

US cable network Starz has inked a huge multiyear programming deal with Sony Pictures. Neither side would comment, but TBI understands that the agreement for first-run rights to Sony’s features is likely to be worth up to US$2 billion over its full course. The deal gives premium channel operator Starz exclusive access to the Sony […]