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Ex-Warner UK boss starts ITV-backed prodco

Former Warner Bros. Television Production UK (WBTVUKP) co-chief Nick Emmerson has launched a production house with ITV Studios (ITVS). He will lead Koska, in which ITV will have a minority stake, as CEO and focus on returnable non-scripted programming. Emmerson left Warner Bros. earlier this year, a move that followed UK-based production group Shed Media […]

Tinopolis regains full control of business

Wales-based production group Tinopolis has bought private equity backer Vitruvian out of the business. Vitruvian paid around £44.7 million (US$59 million) for a significant stake in Tinopolis back in 2008, but has now sold the shareholding back to Tinopolis’ management. “Vitruvian has been a fantastic partner and together we have grown Tinopolis into a true […]

Lionsgate launches Indian office with Jain

North American studio Lionsgate has launched an Indian office and hired Rohit Jain, deputy CEO of satcaster Videocon d2h, to lead it. The launch of Lionsgate’s Mumbai base comes on the back of significant revenue growth in India over the past three years, primarily through Hindi-language film Brothers. Jain has been named managing director of […]

Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength – Zaslav

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s fully owned catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav (pictured) passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows as it included a 34% premium, saying its rationale […]

Canal+ formalises Telecom Italia JV

Canal+ has created its planned joint venture with Telecom Italia (TIM), focusing on the acquisition and production of movies and series that will enable Telecom Italia to develop a compelling pay TV offering for the Italian market. In addition to movies and series, the JV will also be tasked with acquiring sports rights. TIM will […]

CBS’s Ten deal nears completion

US broadcaster CBS has just one obstacle to overcome in order to take over Australian commercial net Ten. CBS has received the deal greenlight from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), leaving only the legal transfer of shares as an outstanding issue. The FIRB has no problems with the deal, which formulated after it emerged […]

Red Arrow shuts Norway prodco to focus on Denmark

Red Arrow Entertainment Group is shutting down its Norwegian production arm as part of a Scandinavian centralisation that focuses on Snowman Productions Denmark. Followingh a strategic review, the ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned production group has decided to shutter Snowman Productions Norway. This means Snowman Norway managing director Jørgen Steinheim and head of productions Dag Obert Eine will […]

Corus sells Historia & Séries+ to Bell Media

Corus Entertainment is set to sell French-language channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media for near C$200 million (US$160 million). The sale is still pending approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Competition Bureau. Corus will continue to own and operate the channels until the transaction is complete. “In the 18 months […]

Critical buys into Renowned Films

LA-based Critical Content has made its firsat acquisitions move by taking a stake in UK producer Renowned Films. Five-year-old Renowned had previously received investment from Channel 4’s Growth Fund, and terms of the agreement see Critical taking over this stake plus an additional shareholding. Forman and Marcus launched Critical out of the ashes of Relativity […]

Corus forms kids venture with Discovery

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has formed a production joint venture with Discovery Communications. The JV, which is yet to be named, will operate independently in Canada. It will focus on premium children’s content for linear networks and digital platforms. Discovery Kids Latin America and Corus’ suite of kids channels will commission programming from the venture. The […]

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