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Former MGM exec joins ’50 Central’ prodco Back Roads to head development

Back Roads Entertainment, the US producer behind BET Network’s 50 Central, has appointed former MGM executive Bret Calvert as VP of development and opened a new HQ in Austin, Texas. Calvert will report to CEO Colby Gaines and is charged with overseeing development and creating original formats for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. He previously […]

Epix orders first in-house drama with Stephen King adaptation

US network Epix has greenlit a series adaptation of Jerusalem’s Lot, based on Stephen King‘s short horror story. Jerusalem’s Lot is the first series to emerge from the MGM-backed network’s in-house Epix Productions. Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist) is attached to lead the series as Captain Charles Boone, with Brody most recently guest-starring […]

Exclusive: All3 poised for Red Arrow Studios as sales process enters final stages

All3Media is leading the pack in its pursuit of Red Arrow Studios, with the sales process for ProSiebenSat.1’s production arm now entering the final stages. TBI understands that All3, which is backed by Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, is the leading contender for Red Arrow, which was put up for sale by ProSieben during the […]

MGM partners with China Star Omnimedia for format push

MGM Television has linked up with China Star Omnimedia on a new development and production format deal. The arrangement will see the companies co-develop and co-produce local-language shows for the Chinese market, with China Star Omnimedia taking distribution in China. MGM Television will distribute globally. China Star Omnimedia is behind local remakes of shows such […]

Exclusive: Entertainment One’s Tess Charman boards MGM

Long-time Entertainment One exec Tess Charman has boarded MGM Worldwide Television, TBI understands.  Charman has joined as executive director of EMEA for the Handmaid’s Tale distributor. It is understood that she will serve in the role on an interim basis. Charman spent seven years at eOne, where she most recently served as sales director for […]

MGM promotes Barry Poznick to lead expanded non-scripted drive

MGM’s Barry Poznick has been promoted to lead unscripted and alternative television for the business as it expands from its foundations in reality. The former president of unscripted has been promoted to president of MGM/Orion unscripted and alternative television, after extending his contract with the business. While overseeing unscripted programmes for MGM, Poznick will now […]

TBI Weekly: How Red Arrow Studios fits into M&A frenzy (Column)

A flurry of deals yesterday highlighted the surging appetite for acquisitions and with companies including Red Arrow Studios on the block, the M&A frenzy has some way to run yet. Chances are, if you’re a production company in Europe or North America that has a smattering of successful shows on the slate – or even […]

Tubi TV to launch in Australia ahead of global push

Lionsgate Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer-backed AVOD streamer Tubi is expanding into Australia as part of a forthcoming global roll-out. The free ad-supported streaming service claims to be the world’s largest AVOD, having surpassed 20 million monthly users earlier this summer. The Australian service launches on September 1 and will provide customers with access to […]

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