News round-up: WBTVG cuts Pine Tree deal; Telemundo Studios opens in Mexico; India’s OTTplay lands int’l streamers

WBTVG cuts Pine Tree deal Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) has signed a multi-year first-look deal with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Chris Sanagustin’s Pine Tree Entertainment. The prodco will develop new scripted programming, including dramas, multi- and single-camera comedies and genre series for all platforms, including Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max. […]

Starz brings in AMC veteran as sales chief

Starz has recruited Joe Glennon as its executive VP of affiliate sales, with the distribution veteran joining after almost two decades at AMC. Glennon, who had the same job title at AMC, takes on the responsibilities previously handled by Michael Thornton who has now left premium cabler Starz but is still consulting for the company. […]

Dynamic makes content and sales hire

Dynamic Television has hired Holly Hines for a new role at the company, senior VP, content. Dynamic – Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann’s production and distribution business – was formed 18 months ago and recently shopped Icelandic drama Trapped to the BBC in the UK. It also distributes Syfy series Z Nation. Hines will be based […]

Fuse slate broadens as NUVOtv merger nears

US cable channel Fuse is expanding its slate ahead of absorbing sister net NUVOtv later this year. Fuse is developing new scripted, reality competition, dance and comedy shows – including one from NUVOtv chief creative officer Jennifer Lopez – as part of its 2015/16 line-up. Fuse Media will then launch a music-themed cable and digital […]

Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs ‘offers $200m for cable channel’

Hip-hop impresario Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has reportedly offered around US$200 million to buy US cable channel Fuse. Combs, who made his millions as rapper Puff Daddy and a hip-hop record label owner, plans to merge Fuse with his Revolt TV cable network to quickly widen its distribution, according to Bloomberg. Fuse is currently owned by […]

Former rock music manager Sherman takes reins at lifestyle network Veria

Eric Sherman, the former manager of Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler, has taken the CEO role at lifestyle cable net Veria Living. The channel is focussed on Eastern health and wellbeing practices and is backed by Indian media giant Zee. As CEO Sherman will oversee its expansion across TV and online […]

Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

The new super groups: Red Arrow Entertainment

In the second part of our two-part report on emerging international production groups, TBI talks to the executives behind Red Arrow Entertainment, the ProSiebenSat.1-owned group that comprises leading production companies across Europe and the US. Red Arrow was launched in 2010 and has gone on to build a network of production companies across Europe and […]

DCD inks output deal with US cable net Fuse

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has inked a deal with Fuse and will sell the music themed US cable network’s programming internationally. The first show covered by the deal is 10x30mins series Warped Roadies, about the crew of aUS touring indie rock festival, the Vans Warped Tour. Fuse is expanding its original music programming line-up and […]