Fox International Channels

James Murdoch returns to Sky chair role

James Murdoch is to return to Sky as chairman in a move that many believe could presage a renewed attempt by 21st Century Fox to consolidate the pay TV giant by acquiring the 60.4% of the organisation that it does not already own Current chairman Nicholas Ferguson will step down at the end of April […]

Hernan Lopez exits in Fox reorganisation

Fox has reorganised its international channels and content division along regional lines in a shake-up that sees Fox International Channels brand dropped and FIC CEO Hernan Lopez exit. The international business will now be organised under the Fox Networks Group banner, with three distinct regional divisions: Europe, Asia and Latin America. Jan Koeppen will become […]

Amazon bags classic X-Files for UK

Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has acquired all nine seasons of the original X-Files series, ahead of the reboot’s debut on terrestrial Channel 5. Following a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Amazon has launched all available episodes of the sci-fi drama, which aired between 1993 and 2002. Viacom-owned Channel 5 acquired exclusive broadcast […]

Fox goes day-and-date with X-Files

Fox International Channels has acquired The X-Files and will launch it day-and-date with the US broadcast. FIC channels in more than 60 territories will begin airing the show within 24 hours of its American broadcasts, which begin on January 24 on Fox. The territories comprise Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina; in South East Asia including Hong […]

Fox names Nordic buying chief

Fox International Channels has upped Clara Scherman to senior director of acquisitions for its Nordic operations. Based in FIC’s Swedish base and will oversee programme buying for the whole bouquet of Fox channels in the Nordics. She will report to Ase Ytreland, FIC’s Nordic managing director, who said: “Our content investments range from our FIC […]

Fox hires Bekker replacement for Africa

Fox International Channels has recruited Ratna Siriah (below left) as general manager of its operations in Africa, filling a role vacated by Hannelie Bekker. Siriah joins from Cat 2 where she worked in the launch a dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. She has also worked for several FMCG companies outside of the TV sector. She […]

Ex-Sky Italia exec to replace Fox Italy boss

Fox International Channels Italy has appointed a new managing director, with incumbent Fabrizio Salini (pictured) leaving “to pursue a new opportunity”. Former Sky Italia head of programming Kathryn Fink has been named as Salini’s replacement, and will take up the post on January 1, 2016 as her predecessor exits. Salini was VP, entertainment channels at […]

Walking Dead storms back, season seven coming

US cable’s biggest show, The Walking Dead, has had a seventh season commissioned after its third episode ratings brought in a stellar 18.2 million viewers in live+3 stats. Companion talk show The Talking Dead has also been given another run, after its third episode of the current run delivered the highest ratings yet for a […]

Walking Dead skyrockets Fox UK slot share

The latest season premiere of The Walking Dead on pay TV channel Fox in the UK was 22 times the regular 9pm slot average. The overnight figure of 877,000 for season six, episode one, was the highest the Fox International Channels network has recorded. The number was particularly notable as it was up against England’s […]

Fox scores global rights to Israeli spy drama

Buzzy Israeli drama False Flag will air on Fox International Channels around the world. FIC is already working up a US version of the Keshet International-sold format through its new unit Fox International Studios, and has now acquired the 8x45mins Israeli original. The show, which is yet to debut on Keshet in Israel but has […]

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