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. […]

Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

Kirstine Stewart leaves Twitter

High-profile Canadian media exec Kirstine Stewart is leaving her role as vice president, media, at Twitter. Stewart is well-known in Canadian and international TV circles having run programming at Canadian pubcaster the CBC. Prior to that she was at one-time Canadian media giant Alliance Atlantis, and at Hallmark in the US. She joined Twitter three […]

Doug Baker takes on wider Discovery role

Discovery has added the COO position to Doug Baker’s current CFO role at its international business. Baker is now COO and CFO at Discovery Networks International, reporting to recently appointed DNI president JB Perrette and Discovery Communications CFO Andrew Warren. He will continue to handle the financial management of the DNI business as well as […]

FremantleMedia hires M&A expert from NBCU

FremantleMedia is gearing up for international acquisition activity with the hire of an M&A specialist from NBCUniversal. Julian Tomkins is joining the X Factor producer in a new role as director of strategy and mergers and acquisitions with immediate effect, based in London and reporting directly to FremantleMedia CEO Celine Frot-Coutaz (left). Tomkins comes across […]