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Amazon cuts UK TV content deal with Warner Bros.

Amazon Prime Instant Video has sealed a deal with Warner Bros. for UK rights to a raft of the studios drama series. Prime Instant Video is replacing the Lovefilm brand in the UK this week. As the rebranding gets underway, Amazon has agreed a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Under the terms […]

Warner Bros. toons for Lovefilm Germany

Lovefilm’s German SVOD service had added classic cartoon such as Tom and Jerry and The Sylvester and Tweety Show. Under terms of a deal struck with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Lovefilm is also adding superhero shows Batman: The Brave And The Bold and Superman, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, The Flintstones and a comic adaptation of Tim […]

Blair upped in latest Warner Bros. shuffle

Warner Bros. veteran Robert Blair will comprise part of a two-person team leading the company’s international television distribution unit. Blair (left) and Jim Brehm have both been promoted to executive VP, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. They will help develop WBITVD’s overall strategy and sales efforts outside the US. Blair has been with Warner for […]

Lovefilm snags Warner Bros. deal

Lovefilm has agreed a programming deal with Warner Bros. giving it access to a raft of the studio’s animated content. The Amazon-owned streaming service already has deals for kids shows and cartoons from Disney, Marvel, NBCUniversal and Saban and the Warner Bros. deal gives it Thundercats, Justice League and Young Justice. It also covers several […]

Mike Darnell lands top Warner Bros. unscripted role

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell has joined Warner Bros. in a wide-ranging role that hands him control of Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Darnell will become Warner Bros. Television Group’s first president, unscripted and alternative television on August 12, reporting to WBTG’s president and chief content officer Peter Roth. The job gives […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]

Warner unveils company-wide top level shake-up

Warner Bros.’ new chief exec Kevin Tsujihara has made his stamp on the company’s television division by handing Peter Roth a new creative role and Jeffrey Schlesinger and Craig Hunegs new titles as part of a major company-wide restructure. Tsujihara was named Warner Bros. CEO earlier this year and initiated a company-wide restructure that this […]

Dudley-Smith gets new WBITD role as Robertson exits

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution’s branded services chief Malcolm Dudley-Smith is returning to his native Australia to take over the company’s Asia Pacific sales business, a move that significantly reduces the remit of his previous unit. Dudley-Smith will become WBITVD’s senior VP and general manager for Asia Pacific to replace Greg Robertson, who leaves after […]

MTV channels in Poland renew Warner Bros. deal

Viacom International Media Networks Polska has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. and will take a range of titles from the Hollywood studio for its channels in the country. VIMN Polska comprises MTV Polska, VH1, Viva Polska, Comedy Central Polska, and Nickelodeon. Under the terms of a renewed two-year programming deal the channels will […]

Netflix and Warner Bros. ink UK TV deal

Netflix has secured a raft of TV series from Warner Bros. after inking a multiyear deal with the Hollywood Studio. The agreement covers Warner Bros.’ TV series including The Vampire Diaries, which will launch on Netflix’s UK and Ireland service next month, Gossip Girl, which will be available from next March and Chuck, four seasons […]