Foxtel eyes ratings spike with VIMN shows

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has acquired a multi-title programming package from Viacom International Media Networks. The shows, which were all commissioned for Viacom’s Spike, will air on Foxtel-operated channel A&E and include the 3x60mins Gym Rescue (pictured), 11x60mins Hungary Investors, 9x30mins Chainsaw Gang and two seasons of Catch a Contractor. This is the first […]

Foxtel names channel chief

Australian pay TV group has named a new channels chief in the shape of ex-group programme manager Stephen Baldwin. He is returning to the News Corp.- and Telstra-owned company after five years at broadcast tech company Ai-Media, most recently as COO. Baldwin will take on the newly created role of head of channels and operations […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Rovio unveils Angry Birds TV, VOD launch plan

The long awaited Angry Birds Toons series has secured carriage on 14 broadcasters and a number of online and digital platforms ahead of its launch later this week. TV industry insiders have long been waiting to discover the identities of the channels that will launch the short-form Rovio Entertainment property, which is based on the […]