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Vice-branded A+E channel due next year

The planned rebranding of A+E Networks’ H2 channel as a Vice Media-branded proposition is expected to happen early next year. According to various US reports, an announcement confirming a cable network that will be carried in 70 million homes is expected today. The plan came to the fore after A+E invested US$250 million in youth […]

A+E beats Time Warner to $250m Vice stake

A+E Networks will acquire a 10% stake in hipster content brand Vice Media, beating off competition from Time Warner, according to various reports. Disney-Hearst joint venture broadcaster A+E is likely to announce the deal this week, with a value of US$250 million placed on it. This means Vice is worth US$2.5 billion, more than US$1 […]

Brazil’s Gloob inspects Pumpkin Reports

Brazilian children’s channel Gloob has pre-bought a European-Asian animated coproduction from Spanish producer-distributor Motion Pictures. The net has bought Pumpkin Reports, 6-10-targeted comedy from Motion, Italian audio post house Sample and Malaysian studio Young Jump Animation. Furthermore, it is understood Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC is set to acquire the show, which will go out via […]

Mark Burnett plots third-party sales, Beyond the Bible follow up

Mark Burnett’s prodco One Three Media is moving into third-party sales for the first time, the prolific producer has told TBI. In a wide ranging interview, the Bible and Shark Tank producer also revealed he is working on a third faith-based scripted series that will follow his upcoming miniseries for NBC. On the distribution front, […]

A+E taps Disney for Asian sales rep

A+E Networks has poached a sales exec from parent company Disney to become its senior manager, international content sales in Asia. Pooja Nirmal Kant will oversee programmes sales for southeast Asia, reporting into Ling Sze Gan, A+E’s senior director, international content sales, Asia. She’ll be based out of Singapore and begins her new role today. […]

Roku raises US$60m to grow set top business

Streaming video box-maker Roku has raised US$60 million in Series F funding from new and returning investors to help fund further growth of the business. The round was led by an unnamed firm that Roku described as “one of the world’s largest institutional investors” – reported to be Fidelity. US media firm Hearst Corporation was […]

Dubuc upped to A+E president, CEO

Nancy Dubuc has become just the third CEO in A+E Network’s history, with former incumbent Abbe Raven moving up to a new role as chairman. Dubuc, previously president of entertainment and media and credited with overseeing the highest rated cable series ever in History’s Hatfields and McCoys, will also become A+E president. She will oversee […]