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Viaplay orders first Icelandic original

Scandinavian SVOD player Viaplay’s latest original is an Icelandic drama. The commission of Stella Blómkvist is the first time MTG-owned Viaplay has looked to Iceland for an original show. Icelandic TV provider Siminn has local rights, as Viaplay is not distributed in the territory. The series is based on a bestselling book series from a […]

Project Runway Lat Am network change scheduled

Lifetime Latin America has become the pan-regional home of the Project Runway. The original US show and its spin-offs previously went in in the region on Turner-owned cable channel Glitz*, which also ran its own Latin American version of the format between 2010 and 2012. The agreement with FremantleMedia International hands  A+E Networks Latin America-owned […]

A+E locks in UnReal star

The studio arm of A+E has inked an overall deal with Shiri Appleby, the director and star of hit Lifetime series UnReal. The agreement will see Appleby and her Appletree Pictures prodco work with A+E Studios to work up new shows for the A+E and third-party nets. The company also said Appleby will be a […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

A+E poaches BBCWW exec for VOD post

A+E Networks UK has poached BBC Worldwide’s Riccardo Donato. Donato will take on a new role as director of distribution and digital partnerships at the UK arm of A+E Networks, which leads company operations in 90 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was previously head of VOD for BBCWW’s emerging markets arm […]

A+E promotes CFO to COO

US-based cablecaster A+E Networks has promoted CFO David ‘Digger’ Granville-Smith to COO. In the expanded post, which sees him keep his chief financial officer role, Granville-Smith will report to A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc. He currently oversees all financial functions for A+E networks such as A&E, Lifetime and History, and production wing A+E Studios, the latter […]

A+E poaches Viacom programming exec

A+E Networks has brought over veteran programming executive Katie Buchanan from Viacom’s US cable channel CMT. Buchanan (pictured) has been named senior VP programming strategy and scheduling for the Lifetime and LMN cable networks. She will report to Lifetime’s SVP, strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, Christian Drobnyk, who said: “Katie brings a breadth of experience and […]

A+E poaches finance chief from Scripps

A+E Networks UK, which runs the channel operator’s European operations, has recruited Mark Neil as its head of finance, bringing him over from Scripps Networks Interactive. Neil will start in his new role in January, leading the finance team and will replace Jan Volschenk, who will leave at the end of the year. At Scripps […]

H2 channel launches on Get in Norway

Norwegian cable and IPTV provider Get will now carry factual channel H2 after extending its distribution deal with A+E Networks UK. H2 will be available free-of-charge to all Get’s customers on channel number 53 until the end of September. After that, it will be offered as an optional channel in Get’s Start and Family package, […]

Lifetime lays off Devious Maids

US network Lifetime has cancelled female-skewed comedy-drama Devious Maids after four seasons. The A+E Network-owned channel has chosen not to order a fourth season, and the Marc Cherry show’s Twitter feed subsequently confirmed the news. Lifetime had picked up the show in 2012 after broadcast network ABC rejected it. ABC sister ABC Studios produces the […]