NBCU’s DreamWorks launches in France on SFR

NBCUniversal International Networks & Direct-to-Consumer has launched 24-hour kids and family channel DreamWorks for the first time in France on SFR, with content available on linear and on-demand. The launch follows 2022 launches in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. DreamWorks also recently launched the channel with operators in Africa, Australia and India, while extending its reach […]

France’s Superprod buys former Dreamworks exec’s Co-Production Company to fuel US push

French production outfit Superprod has acquired New York-based finance and distribution firm The Co-Production Company as it looks to expand in the US. The Paris-based firm has named The Co-Production Company founder and CEO Doug Schwalbe as president of Superprod US. Terms of the deal have not been revealed. Schwalbe founded the company in 2021, after […]

DreamWorks channel launches on StarTimes in Africa

NBCUniversal International Networks’ DreamWorks family entertainment channel has launched across sub-Saharan Africa on the StarTimes pay-TV platform. The DreamWorks channel became available on StarTimes yesterday, bringing a range of animated TV series to African viewers. The content line-up on the service includes Dragons: Race To The Edge, All Hail King Julien and The Adventures Of Puss In […]

BBC Studios, Lionsgate hire former DreamWorks exec to head US partnership

BBC Studios and Lionsgate have appointed former Fox and DreamWorks exec Dan McDermott as the head of scripted TV of its US-focused partnership.  Set up in October 2018, the venture was formed to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original IP for the US market. In his newly created role, McDermott will oversee operations […]

Netflix & DreamWorks team for new slate of originals

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are set to release six new original series for 2018, continuing a long-term production relationship between them. DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! will be the first released in the line-up and premier on January 19 exclusively on Netflix. The series is executive produced by Matthew Beans (Robot Chicken) and […]

Acamar hires DreamWorks & Fox sales execs

Acamar Films has expanded its team with Fox exec Sandra Vauthier-Cellier (pictured) and DreamWorks recruits Eroulla Constantine and Ben Taylor. Vauthier-Cellier will act as chief commercial officer, Constantine will take the role of head of sales and Taylor will become sales co-ordinator. The appointments arrive due to the continued success of preschool show Bing and […]

Spielberg takes the reins at Amblin as Wright exits

Michael Wright has stepped down as CEO of Amblin Partners, as chairman Steven Spielberg takes on the role. Wright is set to become executive producer on two films at the company. Jeff Small remains president and co-CEO and Spielberg will oversee operations. Amblin serves audiences via both TV and film. President of production Holly Bario, […]

NBCU expands Donati’s role into kids, lifestyle

Comcast’s NBCUniversal International has appointed Duccio Donati to take on the newly created role of executive vice president for lifestyle and kids. Donati will report to Kevin MacLellan, NBCU’s chairman for global distribution and international. The position sees Donati broaden his on-going oversight of E! Entertainment Television outside the US, adding international responsibility for the […]

NBCU takes a Chance on Hugh Laurie Hulu drama

NBCUniversal has acquired Hugh Laurie drama Chance for a raft of its international nets. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has bought the series for its nets in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Poland. Poland will be the first to launch the series next month. The series has The Night Manager and House star Hugh Laurie […]

Octonauts prodco brings in former Disney exec

Kids prodco Silvergate has hired former Disney Studios Lat Am CFO Jeff Farnath as its new finance chief. The new recruit joins the Octonauts and Peter Rabbit producer from Discovery-backed digital lifestyle brand Thrillist Media Group. He has also worked at Classic Media (now part of DreamWorks) and been CEO of Coraline prodco Laika Entertainment. […]

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