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Viewpoint: A healthy take on lifestyle TV

A few recent industry news headlines: • Discovery Networks purchases Takhayal Entertainment including its flagship food network Fatafeat. • Foxtel acquires nearly 300 hours of lifestyle programming from Endemol. • BBC Worldwide is producing two new cooking shows that will air in several territories on BBC Lifestyle in 2014. Today’s global marketplace is far different […]

Sky’s NOW TV adds premium channel brands

UK satellite TV provider BSkyB has bolstered its pay-monthly OTT service NOW TV by adding ten TV channels – including Sky1, Discovery and MTV – as part of a new entertainment package. The NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass will give users access to Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1, Discovery, MTV, Comedy […]

Power casting progresses, 50 Cent expected to take cameo role

Starz has added new cast members to its upcoming urban drama Power. Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (left) is executive producing and talks are underway about the musician and actor making a cameo appearance in the series. The premium cable network said yesterday that Lela Loren (Gang Related), Naturi Naughton (Mad Men) and Jospeh Sikora […]

Entertainment One to sell AMC scripted shows

Producer and distributor Entertainment One has agreed a distribution deal with AMC Networks and will sell content from the AMC and Sundance Channel internationally. The deal covers upcoming titles only. Distribution of AMC’s current roster of scripted series is tied up with, for example, Lionsgate selling Mad Men, Sony Pictures Television Breaking Bad and Endemol […]

History performs Houdini act

A+E Networks-owned History has greenlit another scripted period miniseries, this time calling on Oscar-winner Adrien Brody to play famous escapologist Harry Houdini. Production on the four-hour Houdini begins this fall, and will also star Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Houdini’s wife. The mini, which will trace the master magician’s roots in desperate poverty through […]

Dish settlement hands AMC Networks $133m

AMC Networks’ second quarter financials have been boosted by a US$132.9 million sum gained from its legal dispute with cable platform Dish Network. The one-off windfall the Mad Men and Breaking Bad network secured in October last year was the result of a case AMC and former parent Cablevision brought against Dish over the now […]

WE tv crosses Divide into scripted

AMC Networks’ female-skewed channel WE tv has become the latest to move into scripted programming with The Divide, a 10-part “exploration of personal morality”. Cable channels such as Discovery, History, OWN and BET have got in on the scripted act in the last few years and WE tv is now the latest to follow the […]

Ovation picks up Jon Hamm/Daniel Radcliffe drama

US arts and culture channel Ovation has picked up A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the UK drama series starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). The show, which is produced by Big Talk Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide, aired on Sky Arts in the UK last year. The 4x30mins comedy drama tells […]

AMC brings on Endemol to distribute unscripted series

AMC has inked a deal with Endemol, which will sell several of its unscripted shows internationally. The US cable network is best known as the home of Mad Men and The Walking Dead, but has recently been making strides in unscripted programming too. It has signed a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution, which will represent […]

Gronenthal upped at AMC/Sundance

The international arm of AMC Networks has promoted Harold Gronenthal to executive VP, programming and operations and acquired new content for its global channels. Gronenthal has previously held a number of positions at AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the global arm of the cablecaster behind series such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad. AMC/Sundance Channel president Bruce […]