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Walmart to partner with MGM to boost VOD offering

Walmart is to partner with US movie studio MGM to boost content on its Vudu video-on-demand service, according to reports. The move arrives as Walmart looks to expand its profile in the SVOD space and compete with services such as Netflix and Hulu. Walmart has told Reuters, which first reported the story, that a formal […]

MGM’s Big Fish taps Sirens’ development exec

MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment, the production house behind Live PD, has appointed Sirens Media’s Daniel Markell as senior vice president of development. Markell, who will report to chief creative officer Lucilla D’Agostino, will shepherd the company’s unscripted and scripted content development for linear, digital and streaming platforms. He will also look for new brand and […]

Mark Burnett becomes MGM chairman

MGM has promoted Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett to chairman of its Worldwide Television Group. Burnett was formerly president of MGM Television and Digital Group, a role he has held since 2015. He will now take global responsibility for television creative and production and he has extended his contract through to 2022. The exec joined […]

MGM acquires Live PD producer Big Fish

MGM has acquired the producer of A&E’s Live PD, Big Fish Entertainment. The company will continue to operate as Big Fish Entertainment, with founder and president Dan Cesareo remaining in his role and reporting to Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television MGM. It will remain in New York. Big fish is also the producer of […]

MGM to up originals for Epix to promote growth

MGM is planning to “reposition and expand” its underperforming premium subscription service Epix one year after acquiring it from its joint venture partners, according to chief operating officer Chris Brearton Speaking after MGM posted Q1 results, Brearton said the service was “under-distributed, under-subscribed and under-monetized” before MGM’s acquisition of it, adding that its  original programming […]

MGM begins CEO search after Barber exit

US studio MGM is replacing CEO Gary Barber just five months after he signed a new contract. The company’s board said it had “initiated a CEO transition” to find a new boss following Barber’s exit after eight years at the helm. No specific reason was given for his exit, and a temporary Office of the […]

Epix picks Heyday’s Cotton to replace ex-originals chief Diaz

Nancy Cotton is leaving Heyday Television to become executive VP of original programming at US cable channel Epix. Cotton is filling the gap left when Jocelyn Diaz left in January, a move that came after Michael Wright was named president. “I’ve known and had the pleasure of working with Nancy on many projects over the […]

Aalderink and Lubbers band with MGM in Euro formats push

US studio MGM has set up a Dutch-based formats development operations with European programming execs Roy Aalderink and Peter Lubbers. The creation of Concept Street comes after MGM scored a coproduction pact with Redseven Entertainment in Germany last November to create local shows and remake MGM formats. The new Dutch company will have a similar […]

Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president. Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its […]

MGM rejigs int’l TV sales to achieve ‘greater efficiencies’

MGM has rejigged its international sales division in order to find “greater efficiencies”. The changes at MGM International Television Distribution see Paul Bischoff promoted to executive VP for EMEA. He was previously senior VP of subscription television and sales strategy, overseeing international SVOD and pay TV deals, but now oversees all television and digital deals […]

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