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Endemol Shine closes China office, William Tan to depart

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is closing its office in China following a review of the business, which said market conditions and tighter regulations made its current set-up in the country “unsustainable”. The decision was made following a months-long review ESG said, blaming “market conditions which limit the activities of non-domestic production companies” for the closure. […]

Vice Media names Studios president, COO as Refinery29 co-founders step down

Vice Media has appointed a president for its Studios division and promoted one of its existing execs to become chief operating officer, following the completion of its deal of female-skewing digital publisher Refinery29. Refinery29 co-founders and co-CEOs Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano are stepping down to move into advisory roles following completion of the […]

Sky confirms HBO output deal and HBO Max co-production pact

Sky has unveiled details of its new output deal with HBO-owner WarnerMedia and confirmed it will co-produce shows with soon-to-launch streamer HBO Max. The output deal, details of which were first reported yesterday, applies across Sky’s European markets and will allow the company’s networks and OTT service Now TV to offer HBO shows as well […]

Banijay agrees deal to buy Endemol Shine Group

Banijay Group has agreed a deal to acquire Endemol Shine Group (ESG), creating a production and distribution behemoth and bringing the long-running sales process of the Peaky Blinders producer to a close. The French production and distribution giant has struck a “definitive agreement” to acquire the company from ESG owners Apollo Global Management and Disney, […]

Exclusive: Discovery to launch Indian streamer ‘D Plus’ in 2020

Discovery is launching an Indian streaming service next year, building on its success with a local news aggregation giant.  TBI understands that the service will be called D Plus and has evolved out of a partnership between Discovery and Indian news aggregation service DailyHunt. Backed by telco Verse Innovation, DailyHunt – which exists as a […]

Banijay poised to buy Endemol Shine Group

Banijay Group is poised to buy Endemol Shine Group as the ongoing sale of the Peaky Blinders producer draws to a close. TBI understands that Banijay has outbid All3Media for the business, and a deal is expected in the next week. It is believed that a meeting will be held between the two businesses this Thursday. […]

Why consolidation doesn’t scare Starz

Starz is the jewel in Lionsgate’s crown, garnering interest from several deep-pocketed suitors. Superna Kalle, EVP of international digital networks, tells Manori Ravindran where the business is headed internationally and why it has its blinders on. Lionsgate-backed Starz has been operating in the orbit of a potential takeover for some time. CBS was believed to […]

Exclusive: Disney+ hunts ‘chaste YA’ as SVODs descend on Cannes

The streaming giants are gathering force and playing ball with producers and distributors, with the likes of new SVODs Disney+, HBO Max, Apple Kids and Topic taking Cannes by storm. This edition of MIPCOM was the first at which family-friendly Disney was looking to buy for its streaming service, which will launch on 12 November. […]

WarnerMedia’s Greenblatt: HBO Max is “wide open” for global acquisitions, co-pros

WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt has set out HBO Max’s global ambitions, calling for international acquisitions and co-productions for the forthcoming platform. Speaking at MIPCOM’s ‘Personality of the Year’ keynote on Tuesday (15 October), Greenblatt said there is now “great international programming from around the world that, five or six years ago, would be unheard of”. […]

Exclusive: Facebook pulls the plug on trivia format ‘Confetti’

Social media giant Facebook has pulled the plug on interactive quiz show format Confetti. TBI has confirmed that the social media platform has no plans to return the format in the UK and US, and it is believed that other international versions of the programme have also been cancelled. Matthew Henick, global head of content […]