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Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

Portlandia to end after eighth season

IFC’s US hipster comedy Portlandia will return for its eight and final season in 2018. The long running sketch series, which began in 2011, satirises modern culture in Portland, Oregon, through a group of eccentric misfits including feminist bookstore owners Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen), and bohemian couple Peter (Armisen) and Nance (Brownstein). US cable […]

AMC buys into Funny or Die

AMC Networks has bought a minority stake in comedy online VOD site Funny or Die. AMC has long history of collaborating with Funny or Die through its US cable channel IFC on series such as the forthcoming Brockmire and 2014 miniseries Spoils of Bablyon, and has now taken a seat on the platform’s board. The […]

AMC cutting staff through voluntary buyouts

US cable channels group AMC Networks is to looking to cut staff numbers by offering voluntary redundancy packages to long serving staffers. The Walking Dead company currently has around 3,000 staff, but is looking to lower overheads by reducing headcount. AMC confirmed the buyout programme is in place for eligible employees, those who have been with the […]

IFC teams with Vice on doc comedy

US cable net IFC and hipster youth brand Vice have joined forces to launch new comedy series Documentary Now!. The show will premiere on Vice.com today, ten days before it hits linear channel IFC in a 10pm slot. The series stars Jack Black who plays a character based on Shane Smith, the founder of Vice. The […]

Hulu bags ‘major’ AMC drama output deal

American on-demand service Hulu has bagged a pair of major deals, one with AMC Networks. The deal will see current and future AMCN scripted drama and comedy series from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV and WE tv going out exclusively on Hulu. The series, which include much-anticipated zombie apocalypse drama Fear the Walking, will be […]

Tricon playing it for laughs with Garfunkel and Oates

Tricon Films & Television will launch IFC comedy series Garfunkel and Oates at MIPCOM. The distributor has a deal with IFC to sell its scripted comedy and Garfunkel and Oates has come out of that agreement. The series stars Riki Lindhome (New Girl) and Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory) as comedy folk singers as […]

Pulling creator, Mountford launch Merman Films

Irish comedian and writer Sharon Horgan has launched a production company with producer Clelia Mountford. Horgan (left) is best known for BBC Three comedy Pulling, while Mountford’s credits include Sky Arts’ Daniel Radcliffe drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook. Mountford will be managing director of Merman Films, while Horgan will oversee all creative aspects. The latter […]

Tricon enjoys The Spoils of Babylon with new deals

Canada-based distributor Tricon Films & Television has shopped rights to its spoof miniseries The Spoils of Babylon (pictured) to CMore in Scandinavia and Studio Canal in France. Electronic sell-through rights to the show, which is a spoof family drama starring Tobey Maguire, have been picked up by iTunes in Canada and the UK. The 6x30mins […]

BuzzFeed launches TV initiative

BuzzFeed has partnered with Bravo and IFC to launch its BuzzFeed Social Tune In Program, which it says will create a “full-circle TV, social and digital program for advertisers.” The social news site said the partnership programme will allow advertisers to cross-promote their content on BuzzFeed and their own web properties. As part of the […]