Liberty Global

Virgin orders comedy shorts, buys Magic City

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media is pushing further into original programming, commissioning Avalon Television to produce a series of comedy shorts and buying US drama Magic City, TBI has learned. Ordering Edinburgh Comedy Shorts (WT) marks the first time the Liberty Global-owned broadband and pay TV company has commissioned programming. This comes after the […]

eOne turns down £1bn ITV offer

Entertainment One has rejected UK broadcaster ITV’s £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) takeover bid. The offer “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects,” according to an eOne statement released a statement to the stock exchange. eOne said the preliminary proposal, made ahead of a hard offer, came in at 236p per share, or £1.01 billion. It […]

Liberty plans content investments

Liberty Global plans to make “smart, opportunistic investments” in content following its recent announcement that it would commission four original drama series from All3Media, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after the company unveiled strong Q2 financial results at the end of last week, Fries (pictured) said that the group would […]

Lionsgate can ‘dramatically scale’ drama with Starz

Lionsgate chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer has said the US$4.4 billion acquisition of premium cable channel Starz is “the most transformative transaction in [the studio’s] history”. Furthermore, the merger will provide Lionsgate a “unique opportunity to dramatically scale” production of “premium television production, which we believe is the critical success factor for any content-driven company”, […]

Horizon growth helps boost Liberty Global subs

Liberty Global’s advanced TV base passed the seven million mark in the second quarter, with 184,000 new Horizon TV subscribers across Europe and 66,000 new TiVo customers in the UK. The growth means that 36% of Liberty’s base in countries where such services are offered take one of its advanced TV offerings. The company’s performance […]

All3 agrees major drama output deal with Liberty

All3Media will produce four original drama series for cable platforms owned by its co-parent, Liberty Global. This marks the first time Liberty has agreed to such as agreement to create exclusive original programming for its customers, and marks a major milestone in its ownership of UK-based production giant All3. The dramas will come over the […]

Ex-BT channels boss joins Virgin content push

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired a former content chief at BT TV as it pushes further into original and exclusive programming, TBI has learned. David Twallin has joined the Liberty Global-owned cable service as head of programming after a three-year spell as head of channels at BT TV, a role that saw […]

TV3 poaches RTÉ2 boss for programming role

Irish broadcaster TV3 Group has replaced Lynda McQuaid with Bill Malone, the controller of rival terrestrial RTÉ2. Malone becomes the Virgin Media Ireland-owned broadcaster’s director of programming four months after it emerged director of content McQuaid was leaving less than a year after replacing the Fox UK-bound Jeff Ford. He has been RTÉ2 chief and […]

Vodafone UK CEO to lead Liberty JV

Vodafone and Liberty Global have said they will appoint Vodafone UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp (pictured) as the chief executive of their 50-50 joint venture in the Netherlands. Under the plans, which were announced today, Ziggo chief finance officer Ritchy Drost will become CFO of the merged entity – which will combine Liberty-owned Ziggo’s fibre broadband network […]

Endemol Shine poaches Liberty Global’s Euro CFO

Endemol Shine Group has poached Ivan Nash Vila from cable giant Liberty Global to become its CFO. He joins the 21st Century Fox-backed production group having most recently been CFO, central Europe at John Malone’s Liberty. Nash Vila replaces Edwin van Es, a former Endemol exec who had held the CFO post at since late […]

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