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O2 & Virgin Media confirm merger, plan to invest $12bn on ‘converged platform’

Telefonica and Liberty Global have confirmed the merger of their UK operations. The 50-50 merger will see Telefonica’s O2 and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media come together under one roof to create what the companies say will be a “a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the UK market.” The deal, expected to close in the […]

Liberty Global’s Telenet teams up with DPG Media to launch ‘Flemish Netflix’

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has joined forces with DPG Media, the owner of commercial broadcaster VTM, to build a new streaming service with local and international content. Telenet said that the pair want to respond as effectively as possible to changing viewing habits and to offer a local alternative to international streaming giants. […]

Exclusive: Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships departs

Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships Gill Hay has left after four years, leaving a question mark around the business’s plans for original content. TBI can confirm that the exec departed recently, and that no direct replacement is planned for the role. Hay, a former Channel 4 acquisitions boss, joined Virgin Media in 2015 from […]

Exclusive: All3Media back in for Endemol Shine

All3Media is taking another look at acquiring Endemol Shine Group but the chances of the production and distribution giant being broken up to ease the protracted sales process have decreased, TBI has learned. The Liberty Global and Discovery-backed UK-based outfit was among around 12 companies around the world to have looked at buying the production […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: The Rook

Distributor: Lionsgate Producer: Lionsgate, Liberty Global Broadcaster: Starz (US), Liberty Global (Europe, LatAm) Concept: A woman with extreme amnesia looks to uncover the paranormal forces that want her dead Lionsgate and Liberty Global’s paranormal spy thriller The Rook centers on a woman who wakes up in a park with complete amnesia, unable to remember her […]

Insight TV hires Liberty Global exec as legal affairs VP

Insight TV has appointed Liberty Global’s Angela Borrillo as vice president of business and legal affairs. Borrillo will be responsible for overseeing and managing Insight TV’s business concerns and strategy and ensuring the company operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Prior to joining Insight, Borrillo spent more than ten years at Liberty Global […]

Vodafone offers €18.4bn for Liberty Global assets in Europe

Vodafone has agreed to acquire Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania for an enterprise value of €18.4 (£16.2) billion. Vodafone said the deal will create a “converged national challenger to the dominant incumbent in Germany” and claimed that it will also transform its fixed line and convergence strategy in key […]

Liberty Global drops Multimedia Polska takeover

Liberty Global has withdrawn its €690 million takeover offer for Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska, the company has confirmed. Liberty said that it was dropping the deal after “failing to agree on revised commercial terms with the sellers that take into account current regulatory and market conditions.” “We remain confident in the business prospects of our […]

Volume of TV prodco M&A doubled in four years – IHS

Mergers and acquisitions in the television production space more than doubled between 2013 and 2017 as companies scramble for IP ownership, according to new research. IHS Markit data found that TV prodco M&A activity increased from 42 international deals in 2013 to 102 deals in 2017. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 19.4%, […]

Telenet takes over Woestijnvis owner to fight SVOD rivals

Belgian cable operator has agreed to take full control of De Vijver Media, putting it in charge of the VIER, VIJF and ZES commercial channels and the Woestijnvis production house. The Liberty Global-owned operator said the deal will allow it to respond faster and more effectively to innovations in viewing experience or advertising, against a […]

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