DreamWorks Animation

Verizon buys Awesomeness stake, preps TVOD net

US telco Verizon has bought a quarter of AwesomenessTV in a deal valuing the multichannel network at US$650 million. The agreement, which is subject to approval, will leave DreamWorks Animation with 51% of the firm, and Verizon and Hearst Corp. both with 24.5%. Further to that, Verizon plans to create a premium, short-form mobile video […]

Netflix wires up first Spanish original

Netflix is to work up an original drama from Spain with Madrid’s Bambú Productions. The pair will make a currently unnamed 16-part drama about four women hired as switchboard operators in 1920s Spain. Gema Neira is the co-creator and Carlos Sedes director. Producer Bambú is known for period dramas such as Gran Hotel and Velvet, […]

Comcast firm preps TVOD service after M-GO deal

Comcast-owned movie ticketing firm Fandango is to launch a transactional VOD service on March 30 after acquiring the M-GO platform earlier this year. US-based Fandango will rebrand M-GO as FandangoNOW, which will offer “massive library of new release and catalogue movies from all major studios and next-day TV shows for purchase and rental”. FandangoNOW, billed […]

Lagardere in ‘landmark’ DreamWorks deal

Lagardere Active TV has entered into a “landmark” agreement with US studio DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands the French broadcaster free-to-air and pay TV rights to series including Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien. The first show, Dinotrux, launches on kids free TV channel Gulli […]

Comcast service buys DreamWorks-backed M-GO

Comcast-owned movie ticket service Fandango has reportedly acquired movie-streaming service M-GO for an undisclosed fee. Fandango announced the deal Friday in a move that will see it bundle film tickets with digital content, according to various US reports. M-GO is a joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation. The transactional video-on-demand service offers new-release movies […]

DreamWorks hires ex-Gaumont Int’l TV CEO

DreamWorks Animation has hired former Gaumont International Television scripted supremo Katie O’Connell Marsh to lead a push into live-action television. O’Connell Marsh (pictured) will be head of global live-action television at the Glendale, California-based studio, whose television unit has helped offset poor performance in movies in recent years. She will begin in her post in […]

DreamWorks to supply DHX nets with toons

DreamWorks Animation is supply Canadian kids TV broadcaster DHX Media with 130 episodes of coproduced-animation as part of a strategic, five-year agreement. The content will air on DHX channels, which include Family Channel, Family Jr., Family CHRGD, Télémagino, with DHX taking international distribution rights. Additionally, DHX has licensed more 1,000 hours of DreamWorks programming, which […]

Hulu grabs Epix films as Netflix deal ends

US streaming service Hulu has swooped for exclusive movies from premium pay network Epix after the latter’s agreement with Netflix ended with no new deal. All new Epix theatrical releases and original programmes will be made available 90 days on Hulu after the pay TV window opens. For Hulu, the deal is significant as Epix […]

De Agostini scores major DreamWorks deal

De Agostini Editore, which operates Italian channel DeAKids, has secured an output deal comprising more than 600 episodes with US studio DreamWorks Animation. As of next month, DeAKids will begin broadcasting various DreamWorks shows on the kids pay TV channel, with Planeta Junior also taking licensing rights in southern Europe and the central and eastern […]

Angry Birds firms hires DreamWorks sales boss

Rovio Entertainment has poached an international TV sales chief of Burbank-based DreamWorks Animation to run its toon and distribution businesses. Tuomo Korpinen has joined the Angry Birds firm to become president of Finland-based Rovio Animation and Blue Bird Distribution Company, and executive VP, media business at the wider Rovio group. Based in LA, he will […]