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Broadcasters buy A Deadly Adoption

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 and France’s TF1 are among the buyers of  A Deadly Adoption, the Will Ferrell and Kristen Wigg spoof TV movie. Ferrell stars in and produced the TV movie, which will go out on Channel 5 next month. In the US it bowed on Lifetime last Saturday, winning 2.1 viewers for […]

DRG expands to LA with MarVista exec

Britain-based distributor DRG has launched an office in LA as part of a strategy to increase focus on US business. MarVista Entertainment’s Scott Kirkpatrick has been drafted in to run the base as senior VP, North America. He will be responsible for all finished tape programme sales in the States, while also working with local […]

TF1, Channel 5 experience 10.0 Earthquake

France’s TF1 and Channel 5 in the UK have bought disaster movie 10.0 Earthquake. They have acquired the film, which a devastating earthquake in LA that follows deep fracking, from LA-based MarVista Entertainment. Other buyers are Spain’s Mediaset, LNK in Lithuania, Hollywood Movie Channel in Taiwan, V in French-speaking Canada and FTV Prime in Czech […]

MarVista scores VOD cable deals

MarVista Entertainment’s new digital unit has struck a deal with US cable content distributor iN DEMAND. This will see MarVista Digital Entertainment’s new release and library programming run on VOD services from the likes of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks via iN DEMAND’s Movie On Demand platform. Disney Channel original […]

Marvista launches digital distribution division

LA-based producer and distributor Marvista Entertainment has launched a new unit dedicated to acquiring and selling content to digital platforms. Marvista Digital Entertainment will focus on distributing content to digital services in North America and will be run by Vanessa Shapiro, Marvista’s current executive VP, distribution. Scott Kirkpatrick will move from director of international sales […]

Marvista poaches for development VP

US-based Marvista Entertainment has appointed a Martin Chase Productions exec to become its VP, development and production. Gaylyn Fraiche is take up the newly created position as the company continues to expand its production assets. Fraiche will report to Marvista executive VP, production and development Robyn Synder. While at Martin Chase, Fraiche produced several telemovies […]

MarVista greenlights pop star docs

US-based producer and distributor Marvista Entertainment will launch a raft of new music docs internationally. Stateside producer EntertainMe US will make specials on Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson for Marvista, which will handle distribution. MarVista and EntertainMe have previously worked together when MarVista acquired a package of music specials including one […]

MarVista taps Disney, HBO execs to build out team

LA-based producer and distributor MarVista Entertainment has poached executives from Disney Television Animation, HBO and Summit Entertainment in a string of hires and promotions. In total, MarVista is adding two executives to its production and development unit and a new sales exec and given a top level promotion to Sharon Bordas (left), who is upped […]

News brief: Julius Jr heading for Discovery Kids

Saban Brands’ pre-schooler Julius Jr. will broadcast on Latin American pay channel Discovery Kids. The deal, finalised at NATPE in Miami this week with programme distributor Marvista Entertainment, hands the Discovery Communications channel 26 half-hours of the toon, which is based on the Paul Frank brand.

News brief: Marvista adds former HBO exec

US producer-distributor Marvista Entertainment has added a trio of new staff to its ranks, including a former HBO Films development executive. On the eve of its 10th anniversary of business, the LA-based company has hired Hannah Pillemer as creative executive, Winny Poon as VP and controller and Tony Vassiliadas as director of strategic programs. Pillemer’s […]