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Jason Simms joining Sky Vision from Fox

Jason Simms is swapping his role as senior VP of global acquisitions at Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa to become Sky Vision’s drama and comedy chief. A familiar face at international markets, Simms has been with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster for more than twelve years, during which time he bought first-run rights to […]

The CW buys UK adventure drama from Sky Vision

American broadcaster The CW has acquired British adventure drama Hooten & the Lady from UK-based distributor Sky Vision. The CW has bought British scripted fare such as Dates in the past, and has now snapped up 8x60mins Sky 1 drama Hooten & the Lady. The drama comes from Red Planet Productions, and follows the escapades […]

Spike, Channel 5 win ‘bidding war’ for BattleBots

Viacom networks Spike UK and Channel 5 will broadcast the ABC mech combat format BattleBots in the UK after what its distributor described as a “bidding war”. The show will go head to head in the UK with BBC Two rebooted Robot Wars, which has a similar format as both series were born out of […]

Fox locates Last Panthers in Balkans, Bulgaria

Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and Balkans has acquired six-part crime thriller The Last Panthers. The 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster will air the drama on Fox Crime channels in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia on March 21, and in Bulgaria on April 19. France’s Studiocanal and the UK’s Sky […]

Page, Neillis in FremantleMedia, Sky Vision job swap

The former head of acquisitions at Sky Vision, Angela Neillis, is joining FremantleMedia to become director of non-scripted content as current incumbent Niki Page goes the other way. Neillis left her role at Sky Vision earlier this year and now joins Fremantle’s global unit FremantleMedia International to oversee its content pipeline from in-house producers and […]

Sky Vision hires Karen Wise

Sky Vision, the distribution arm of UK pay TV operator BSkyB, has hired Karen Wise as head of sales. Wise was previously head of sales at (now defunct) Target Entertainment. At Sky Vision she will report to Leona Connell, head of global sales, and oversee sales to the US, Benelux, Ireland and Israel. Separately, Sky […]