Discovery completes deal to buy New Zealand’s Mediaworks

Discovery has completed its deal to acquire a raft of free-to-air channels from New Zealand operator MediaWorks, including NBCUniversal-joint venture network Bravo. The US-based factual giant, which first revealed the deal in September, now owns MediaWorks former networks including Three, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub. It has also bought entertainment-focused […]

Discovery buys Mediaworks FTA channels in NZ, including Three & Bravo

Discovery is expanding its channels business in New Zealand by acquiring a raft of free-to-air channels from local operator MediaWorks. The binding agreement will see the factual giant acquire MediaWorks entertainment channels Bravo – operated as a JV with NBCUniversal – and Three, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub. Three+1, […]

MediaWorks’ creative chief exits after ‘Love Island NZ’ delay

The chief creative officer of New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks is leaving the company after it recently ditched plans to air a local version of ITV Studios’ hit reality format Love Island later this year. Andrew Szusterman had been with the broadcaster for almost two decades having joined MediaWorks in 2002 as programme director. He went […]

New Zealand gets Married at First Sight

New Zealand network Three is getting its own version of Red Arrow International format Married at First Sight. The MediaWorks-owned channel will produce its version ahead of broadcast between October and December this year, and has licensed a new package of English-language versions of the format from the UK, US and Australia. MediaWorks already runs […]

Caulton exiting TV3 for UK move

Veteran TV3 programming chief Mark Caulton is exiting the New Zealand-based broadcaster and moving his family to the UK. Caulton has been with TV3 for 18 years, rising to his current post, director of programming at channel parent Mediaworks. However, he will swap New Zealand for the UK in the New Year. During his four-year […]

Mediaworks names new int’l buyer, VOD chief

New Zealand broadcaster Mediaworks has named a new head of acquisitions, a channel manager for TV3 and a boss for VOD platform 3NOW. Ben Quinn (pictured right) has been promoted a post that gives him direct responsibility for acquiring international content for Mediaworks’ TV and digital services. He has worked at Mediaworks for 15 years, […]

MediaWorks names CEO, CFO to exit

New Zealand-based broadcaster and producer MediaWorks has named a local media industry veteran as its new CEO. Oztam and oOH! Media chairman Michael Anderson (pictured) is taking up the role to succeed Mark Weldon, who left abruptly in May. Anderson’s appointment comes as acting chief executive David Chalmers, who is also permanent CFO, announced he […]

Bravo goes free-to-air in Kiwi channel deal

Cable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four. A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format (Real Housewives of Melbourne, pictured) – The Real […]