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BSkyB launches advanced TV Everywhere service

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has launched a new service to supplement its Sky Go TV Everywhere offering that enables customers to download movies and TV shows and watch them offline The, Sky Go Extra, also allows users to register for Sky Go on up to four, rather than the existing two, internet-connected devices. Sky […]

Theresa Wise named RTS chief

The Royal Television Society has appointed ex-Disney exec Theresa Wise as its new chief executive. She replaces Simon Albury, who is retiring as boss of the Society, which is leading UK-based forum for television and related media. Wise has been consulting since leaving Disney, where she was senior VP, corporate strategy for Europe, the Middle […]

Rights.tv hires Jane Hyndman

Content rights specialists Rights.tv has hired Jane Hyndman. The former etv and Europe Movieco Partners (Disney and Sony), will advise clients on their use of apps and social media including games on Facebook and Twitter. The company, which advises companies across the TV and film and wider media industry, also announced that it will open […]

New US privacy law will allow Netflix to link accounts with Facebook

US lawmakers have amended privacy laws, clearing the way for video services such as Netflix to more closely link subscriber’s accounts with Facebook and other social media. Netflix was among a powerful lobbying group calling for the amendment to the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. That group also included media heavyweights Apple, Disney, Facebook, Google, […]

Disney buys Henson’s Pajanimals

Disney has picked up animated series Pajanimals across a raft of territories. The 52x11mins series is produced and distributed by The Jim Henson Company. Disney has acquired its Disney Junior channel in France, Italy, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. It will debut on Disney channels in […]

Girls want toons!

Commissioners want more girl-skewed animation and say there is not enough coming their way. Producers say that commissioners often shun girl-skewed ideas as they are worried boys will turn off. Meanwhile, a handful of shows with girl characters are global hits. Asking kids TV executives why there are not more cartoons with lead girl characters […]

Netflix and Warner Bros. ink UK TV deal

Netflix has secured a raft of TV series from Warner Bros. after inking a multiyear deal with the Hollywood Studio. The agreement covers Warner Bros.’ TV series including The Vampire Diaries, which will launch on Netflix’s UK and Ireland service next month, Gossip Girl, which will be available from next March and Chuck, four seasons […]

ITV buys more Almost Naked Animals

CiTV in the UK has ordered another season of animated series Almost Naked Animals. The digital kids channel, which is run by commercial broadcaster ITV, has ordered a third series of the show, which is produced and distributed by Canada-based indie 9 Story Entertainment. Elsewhere in Europe, 9 Story sold the show to Canal+ in […]

DQE sells toons to ABC

Indian producer and distributor DQ Entertainment (DQE) has sold a pair of animated series to Australian public broadcaster ABC. It has picked up the second season of Iron Man Armored Adventures and the second season of Casper’s Scare School. Iron Man Armored Adventures is a copro between DQE, Method Animation and Disney-owned Marvel and Casper […]

Shine names Katrina Neylon as Ruth Clarke’s replacement

The distribution arm of Shine has promoted Katrina Neylon to senior VP, head of EMEA, filling the role vacated by Ruth Clarke earlier this year. Neylon will run a six-strong team and report to Shine International boss Nadine Nohr. She joined shine as director of sales in 2011 since when she has brokered deals including […]