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BBC Worldwide delivers ‘steady’ performance as programme sales top £300m

BBC Worldwide’s programme sales revenues topped £300 million (US$453 million) for the first time in its latest financial year with distribution a key profit and revenue driver for the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. Worldwide’s Sales and Distribution unit recorded revenues of £312.3 million in the 2012/2013 period compared with £292.7 million a […]

Hulu parents scrap sale, inject $750m

Hulu’s US broadcaster owners have scrapped the sale of the streaming website for a second time and will instead recapitalise it, though reports say they remain in talks with Time Warner Cable over a 25% stake. The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox on Friday revealed they had decided against selling Hulu to the […]

Malone says cable companies should unite for Hulu bid

US MSOs should join forces to make a bid for Hulu, according to Liberty Media boss John Malone. The influential media executive was speaking to Reuters at the fringes of Allen & Co’s Sun Valley conference and said that all US MSOs would benefit from owning an online streaming and catch-up service. Hulu is currently […]

Eisner: Hulu buyer will lose next-day rights

Former Disney chairman Michael Eisner has predicted the victor in the battle to buy US streaming service Hulu will lose the prized next-day rights it currently offers. Speaking to Bloomberg Television yesterday, Eisner revealed that he had considered making an offer for the US$1 billion-valued platform but decided against the risk the company potentially comes […]

Former News Corp digital boss joins Maker Studios investor

Jon Miller, News Corp’s former chief digital officer, has resurfaced as a partner at Advancit Capital, an investment firm that has backed digital video firms Maker Studios and Mitu. Miller (pictured) left News Corp in August last year after three years as its top digital executive, where he was in charge of Fox’s investment in […]

Qatar Holding latest to be linked to Hulu

Middle Eastern fund Qatar Holding is the latest organisation to be linked to a move for US catch-up and on-demand service Hulu. Weekend reports suggested the Qatari organisation is now one of seven interested in Hulu with bids in the region of US$1 billion. Other bidders for the ABC, Comcast and Fox-owned service are thought […]

AT&T is ‘latest Hulu suitor’

US telco AT&T is reportedly in discussions about making a joint bid for Hulu, marking the latest big-name firm said to be competing for the VOD site. According to All Things D, AT&T is talking with the Chernin Group about making a joint offer. The investment firm – run by run by former News Corp […]

DirecTV reportedly among US$1bn-plus bidders for Hulu

US pay TV provider DirecTV is one of three bidders offering upwards of US$1 billion to acquire US video-on-demand site Hulu, according to US reports. Bloomberg and Reuters both reported the news, citing unnamed sources, claiming that the three US$1 billion-plus offers made it likely that Hulu owners News Corp, Disney and Comcast will reach […]

Hulu international chief ‘departs ahead of sale’

Hulu’s senior VP of international, Johannes Larcher, has reportedly stepped down from the firm ahead of a rumoured company sale. According to Bloomberg, Larcher resigned earlier this month. The news comes as Hulu is said to considering a string of takeover bids from firms including Yahoo!, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV. Larcher joined Hulu in […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]