European Court clarifies rules on Italian TV ad rates

In an case originally brought by Sky Italia, the European Court of Justice has said it is permissible for national legislators to set different advertising rules for pay TV and free-to-air services. The ECJ said it was permissible provided that the ad rules are “proportionate” and it has returned the matter to the Tribunale Administrativo […]

Italian media coin crashes, down €1.6bn

Combined revenues of Italy’s media companies, including broadcasters and online players, fell by €1.6 billion (US$2.1 billion) last year, the territory’s media regulator reports. The year-on-year decline in 2012 meant total media companies’ revenue was €15.7 billion, according to AgCom’s annual report. This comes as Italy wrestles with political and economic turmoil following a series […]

SPT secures new Dr. Oz Show sales to UK, Spain

A Spanish free-TV channel has become the latest to acquire Sony Pictures Television’s syndicated US talker The Dr. Oz Show. Discovery Networks UK has also acquired another 40 episodes. Mediaset-owned entertainment channel Divinity has acquired the show’s first 40-episode season for Spanish free-TV. The show previously aired Spain on an SPT-owned Channel. Discovery Networks UK […]

Oz, Euro broadcasters tap Cineflix third-party series

Broadcasters in Australia, the UK and Italy have acquired a total of more than 120 hours from UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights. Foxtel’s deal in Australia gives it LMNO Productions’ 6x60mins series Hollywood & Crime, 3x60mins series Cheating Vegas and the 13x60mins fourth season of Unusual Suspects; Like a Shot Entertainment and Definition Media’s 6x60mins Instruments […]

Mediaset suffers historic first loss

European media giant Mediaset suffered a net loss of €287.1 million (US$369 million) last year as effects of the economic recessions in Italy and Spain kicked in. The Silvio Berlusconi-owned company, which operates market leading channels such as Canale 5 in Italy and Telecinco in Spain, pointed to a combined advertising revenue drop in the […]

Mediaset launching digital ventures fund

Mediaset is launching a new digital ventures fund, offering communication and advertising support to new digital startups in Italy in exchange for equity stakes. The Ad4Ventures fund, which will be launched on Monday, is intended to support new Italian digital companies with high growth potential. Mediaset vice-president Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that new ventures in […]

Spain’s Telecinco takes the plunge with diving format

Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Telecinco has ordered a local version of Banijay International’s diving format Stars In Danger: High Diving. Banijay’s Cuarzo Producciones will produce the Spanish version, which will  air on Telecinco in 2013. Banijay International will also handle finished tape sales for the Spanish adaptation. This is the seventh license deal for Stars in […]

Mediaset launches download on-demand offering

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has launched a download-and-play service as part of its Premium Play offering, allowing subscribers to view content offline. Subscribers can download up to 3,000 titles to iPads via WiFi or 3G and view them later. A new version of the Premium Play app has been made available via the Apple App Store. […]

Banijay and Eyeworks announce new deals for diving shows

Banijay and Eyeworks have both sealed new deals for their respective diving formats Stars in Danger: High Diving and Celebrity Splash. Banijay International has inked a deal with Ambra Multimedia and the Italian producer will make a local version of Stars in Danger: High Diving (pictured) for Mediaset. Which of Mediaset’s Italian channels will air […]

Echo Bridge sells SyFy movies to broadcasters around the world

Distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has inked deals for SyFy original movies with a host of broadcasters Europe and Asia. The distributor sells the US TV movies worldwide and has shopped titles including Ghost Shark to NBC Universal Networks, which has taken rights for its channels in 170 international territories. In France AB Droits Audiovisuels has […]

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