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Lionsgate ‘in talks to sell Epix stake’

Lionsgate Entertainment is reportedly set to offload its stake in US premium cable channel Epix to its joint venture partners, Viacom and MGM. According to Reuters citing unnamed sources, Lionsgate has initiated talks with MGM Holdings and Viacom’s film arm, Paramount Pictures, over a deal. Lionsgate has just completed its US$4.4 billion takeover of pay […]

Epix poaches BBCWW exec for content sales

US premium network Epix has poached a high-ranking BBC Worldwide America distribution executive. Sandy Ashendorf (pictured) has been named executive VP, content distribution at the channel, heading network distribution partnerships on all platforms. She was previously EVP, distribution, at the commercially-focused US arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. Before that, she had spent 17 years […]

Mark Burnett launching Light TV channel

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and MGM are launching Light TV, a new family and faith-based digital channel. MGM TV boss and US producer Burnett and his wife Downey already run faith-based prodco LightWorkers Media, and their new net will run as a local digital channel in the US. It will launch in partnership with Fox’s […]

James Bond spies Canadian SVOD deal

CraveTV has scooped the rights to the James Bond library of films, giving it classic and upcoming movies featuring the famous British spy. Canadian SVOD service CraveTV, which is ultimately owned by telco Bell, has inked a programming deal with MGM for the 007 Collection, which covers 50 years of Bond and includes films featuring […]

Ericsson SVOD net buys 2,500 hours

The upcoming subscription VOD service from TV tech company Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of programming from major international distributors. Nuvu, which was created for distribution via African mobile operators, will get the programming through agreements with Viacom, MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel, among others. This hands the Nigerian service […]

Former AMC int’l chief: ‘niche SVOD is the future’

Niche SVOD services will continue to gain ground in a world where launching new linear services is now ‘implausible’, says former AMC and MGM international boss Bruce Tuchman. In an article for TBIvision.com, Tuchman (pictured), now a media investor and board member of TV analytics specialist Parrot, notes the likes of CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and […]

Viewpoint: SVOD’s niche future

What do such disparate brands as CBS All Access, CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and Eros on Demand have in common?  All of these are specialised OTT-delivered SVOD services with over one million subscribers, and are growing fast. Not so long ago, people were still skeptical about Netflix’s future. That time is past, and it’s no longer […]

MGM extends Robertson contract

MGM has renewed the contract of Greg Robertson, meaning he will remain in charge of the US studio’s Asia Pacific office. The deal was described as “multiyear”. Robertson will remain in Australia as managing director and senior VP, international television distribution, and continue to report to president, worldwide television distribution and acquisitions Chris Ottinger. During […]

TV companies join Sky in Drone Racing

A raft of international TV and media players have invested in the Drone Racing League. Yesterday pay TV platform Sky said it was sinking US$1 million into the Drone Racing League, and later in the day the DRL announced the other partners in its US$12 million funding round. ProSiebenSat.1, MGM and A+E backer Hearst are […]

Epix hires NBCU’s Dakss for digital post

US premium cable channel Epix has hired Jonathan Dakss from NBCUniversal to fill a key digital post. Dakss will become chief digital officer at the network, which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures subsidiary, Lionsgate and MGM. To this point, he has been VP, NBCU Media Labs. This saw him overseeing programmes […]

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