Liberty Global


Lionsgate poaches Disney veteran Goetz

Lionsgate has appointed Jared Goetz, a 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, to the newly created role of president of North American television distribution. Goetz will report to Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution. The appointment comes as Lionsgate “continues to ramp up its domestic and international sales and distribution […]

Lionsgate & Liberty Global partner on thriller for Starz

Lionsgate and Liberty Global have partnered up to produce new spy thriller The Rook for the premium pay platform Starz. The series will air on the Lionsgate-owned Starz platform in the US next year. At the same time, Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on-demand across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lionsgate will […]

Ex-Gaumont chief to lead Liberty-backed producer

Former Gaumont Television CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh is to lead to lead a production and distribution company with backing from Liberty Global and Texan TV financier TPG Growth. LA-based Platform One Media will aim to develop, produce and distribute high-end scripted programming for the US and international markets, with Narcos producer O’Connell Marsh (pictured) leading […]

Virgin moves into original kids commissioning

Children’s Media Conference: UK pay TV platform Virgin Media is planning to commission kids television content for its on-demand service for the first time. Virgin Media kids and music editor Sarah Aspinall told delegates the move came after a recognition “of the value of children’s content”. In a panel session hosted by TBI, Aspinall said […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

Adam Crozier leaving ITV

ITV boss Adam Crozier is leaving after seven years, with Sir Peter Bazalgette, the UK broadcaster’s chairman, becoming interim executive chairman and finance chief Ian Griffiths becoming COO and finance director until a replacement is found. The ITV boss leaves at end-June. Bazalgette said this morning: “Adam has been talking to me and the board […]

Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

IHS: content arms race is ‘squeezing margins’

The content ‘arms race’ is squeezing margins for everyone across the cable industry and operators should invest now to offer ‘smart pipes’, according to IHS’s former chief analyst and vice president, Ben Keen. Presenting IHS figures at here at the Cable Congress conference in Belgium yesterday, Keen, who has recently left the research firm, said […]

Liberty Global ‘evaluating’ Amazon partnership

Liberty Global is “evaluating” whether to offer Amazon’s video service, after striking a global deal last year to distribute Netflix through its set-top boxes, according to Eric Tveter. Speaking at Cable Congress here in Brussels yesterday, the CEO of Liberty’s central Europe group described the Netflix deal as “good partnership” and dismissed fears that such […]

Asian Netflix rival raises $90m

Asian SVOD service iflix has raised US$90 million to use on international expansion. Cable giant Liberty Global, pay TV firm Sky, Middle Eastern mobile operator Zain, and LA-based Evolution Media were among the investors. Sky and Evolution have previously put funds towards the Malaysia-based service, which has been expanding in the Asia region as rivals […]