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Vimeo kills SVOD plan

Vimeo has killed the long-gestating plan to launch a subscription VOD service, and axed its content development team as a result. The IAC-owned video-sharing site had previously said it wanted to “follow in the footsteps of Netflix”, but those aspirations are now over. “Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering […]

Vimeo staffs up for content and originals push

Vimeo has made a trio of hires as it pushes into original programming, coproductions and premium drama acquisitions, bringing on execs from Paramount, Hulu and Bunim Murray, TBI understands. The video service has already said it is keen to “follow in the footsteps” of Netflix, and wants a Vimeo SVOD service stocked with premium programming and […]

Five execs upped at Silverman’s Electus

The distribution arm of Ben Silverman’s IAC-backed content company Electus has promoted five of its execs. Following the changes, Cyrus Farrokh becomes senior VP and head of sales, and will oversee France, Italy, Scandinavia and Asia-Pac. He was promoted to a VP position in September 2013. Max Richards has been elevated to manager, sales and […]

Electus, Bear Grylls exec create Jackknife indie

Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures exec Delbert Shoopman have joined forces to create a new US-based independent prodco, Jackknife Media. Shoopman is head of production and head of branding at Grylls’ prodco BGV, and will remain in that position as well as running his new indie. “Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures have worked closely together […]

Spike makes Senior hire from Endemol Shine

US cable channel Spike TV has poached the CEO of Endemol Shine North America-owned formats company Ardaban to become its senior VP, original series. Chachi Senior will lead Spike’s non-scripted development team, reporting to executive VP, original series Sharon Levy, as Viacom-owned Spike attempts to attract a more gender-neutral audience than the male-skew it is […]

IAC puts CollegeHumor up for sale

IAC is reportedly looking to sell its stake in comedy video site CollegeHumor following a spate of recent deals in the online content space. According to a Fortune report, IAC is looking for around US$100 million for the business and is talking to potential buyers, having bought a 51% controlling stake in CollegeHumour back in […]

Electus scores Columbian first-look deal

Multimedia entertainment studio Electus has signed a one-year first-look deal with Columbia’s Caracol Television. The deal gives Electus the right to develop, pitch and produce Caracol formats for the US market alongside production partner Jay Weisleder and represent a first for the IAC-backed company. Caracol’s programmes include telenovelas Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso (Without Breasts […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]