MGM expands on demand service in Italy after Mediaset deal

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) has expanded its streaming service after striking a deal with Mediaset in Italy. MGM, which is in the midst of being acquired by Amazon, will launch its on demand service on Mediaset’s recently launched Infinity streaming platform. It will offer an array of library content, including shows from the Stargate sci-fi […]

Vivendi to back Mediaset’s share restructuring as Berlusconi eyes Europe

Vivendi has agreed to vote in favour of Mediaset’s plans to introduce a dual class share structure, paving the way for the Silvio Berlusconi company to expand across Europe. The companies, which have been sparring for years, announced a truce in July but this was thrown into doubt last month when Mediaset proposed a dual […]

RTL extends ‘Sisi’ as Globoplay, Mediaset strike deals for Austrian drama

RTL Deutschland has ordered a second season of period drama Sisi ahead of its debut on the channel, while distributor Beta Film has struck sales across Lat Am and Europe. The six-hour series has been produced by Story House and tracks the life of Austrian Empress Elisabeth, who marries Emperor Franz but fights against the strict […]

Drama round up: Netflix orders Brazilian thriller; ViacomCBS acquires NBCU’s ‘FBI’; Starzplay renews ‘BMF’

Netflix orders Brazilian thriller Netflix has commissioned Olhar Indiscreto, an original Brazilian psychological thriller set to debut next year. Produced by Mixer Films, the series is created and written by Marcela Citterio, with a cast headed by Débora Nascimento. Luciana Oliveira directs, with a screenplay adapted by Camila Raffanti. It tells the story of Miranda […]

Italy’s Canale 5 embraces Turkey’s ‘Brave And Beautiful’

Mediaset-owned Italian comcaster Canale 5 has acquired Turkish romantic drama Brave And Beautiful, following a deal with CJ ENM-owned distributor Eccho Rights. The series, which is produced by Ay Yapim, proved a ratings hit in Turkey and has sold to more than 100 territories globally since its launch on Star TV in 2016, telling the story […]

ProSiebenSat.1 has ‘open mind’ to merger as Mediaset looks to ‘engage’

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 would be open to a merger, CEO Rainer Beaujean has told investors. There has been mounting interest in the German broadcaster from Mediaset, which controls a 23.5% share of the company in shares and other ‘financial instruments’. This includes a direct voting stake of 12.4%. Following a truce with Vivendi, Mediaset […]

Rai & Mediaset in Italy snag raft of factual deals with distributor TVF

Italian pubcaster Rai and commercial rival Mediaset have struck deals for a raft of programming from UK-based factual distributor TVF International. Rai 1 has picked up rights to two NHK-commissioned specials, with aerial show Flying China’s Stone Forest and Underwater Universe: The Orda Cave, as well as The Tipping Points, a six-parter originally commissioned by […]

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