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Ample Entertainment names creative director, adds exec producer

LA-based producer Ample Entertainment has promoted Sam Lang to become its creative director and appointed Matt Blaine to an executive producer role. Lang will oversee the company’s output and report to Ari Mark and Phil Lott, co-presidents for Ample. He was most recently co-executive producer for shows including Cooper’s Treasure for Discovery and Murder In […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

Discovery preps channel, focuses on UK, German growth

Discovery Communications will launch a new free-to-air channel in the UK alongside other new services in Britain and Germany. CEO David Zaslav said yesterday that a new carriage deal with Sky in the UK and Germany, which came about after a bitter standoff between the channel operator and pay TV platform, gave it greater flexibility […]

All3 agrees major drama output deal with Liberty

All3Media will produce four original drama series for cable platforms owned by its co-parent, Liberty Global. This marks the first time Liberty has agreed to such as agreement to create exclusive original programming for its customers, and marks a major milestone in its ownership of UK-based production giant All3. The dramas will come over the […]

Discovery, National Enquirer prep cold case series

Discovery has greenlit a true crime series looking at the infamous cold case of JonBenét Ramsey, the child beauty queen who was killed in her own home in Boulder, Colorado, on Boxing Day, 1996. JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery (WT), for the Investigation Discovery channel, is billed as an event series and will run on […]

Discovery to relaunch HD Showcase channel

Discovery Communications is set to relaunch its Discovery HD Showcase channel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on December 1. The network, which airs in more than 120 markets across EMEA – including Poland, Russia, Benelux and Portugal – will change its name to Discovery Showcase HD. It will also get a new logo, […]

Discovery launching mystery and suspense channel

Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) is set to launch a new female-skewing mystery and suspense channel in the second quarter of 2014. Discovery ID Xtra is due to roll out in as many as 105 markets across CEEMEA in 2014, according to Discovery Networks CEEMEA’s senior VP, head of […]

Crime, seen investigation

As factual crime shows go from strength to strength, TBI takes witness statements from channel controllers, distributors and executives. Tim Adler uncovers why crime pays. Wives With Knives. Born to Kill. Surviving Evil. All true-crime shows whose titles could have been ripped from the headlines of this morning’s tabloids. From serial killers bip-bopping around the […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]