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 […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Oz, NZ business

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is restructuring its sales operation, merging its TV, digital and formats units under one umbrella. Director of content sales Irene Read (pictured) will oversee the enlarged business, with Deborah Tod taking up a new post as head of content sales for Australia, with Sam Stacey handed a new post […]

MGM poaches Minden, Dawson exits

MGM has hired Michael Minden as its business affairs chief for scripted TV. He replaces the Laura Black Dawson. Minden joins from Endemol Shine North America where he was senior VP of business affairs and head of entertainment legal. MGM’s scripted slate includes Fargo and Vikings, and it has recently secured orders for Three Days […]

MGM ups sales execs

MGM has promoted two of its international distribution team. Deblina Chakrabarty and Guro Viddal have both been upped and will take executive director titles. Chakrabarty will now have responsibility for TV sales in Spain. She will also continue to oversee Africa, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Middle East and Portugal. Viddal, who is upped from director, will […]

In-demand charts: Spain (15 – 21 May 2016)

Our latest fortnightly feature in association with Parrot Analytics reveals the most in-demand shows from another European territory. Spain’s most popular digital original is Narcos. The Pablo Escobar-inspired drama was streaming service Netflix’s first big Spanish-language – or more accurately Spanish and English-language – play and its success in Spain is therefore unsurprising. Spanish viewers also love […]

Hulu and MGM to tell The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The streaming service has given MGM a straight to series order for the show, which will be written and exec produced by Bruce Miller (The 100). Atwood will be a consulting producer on the show, which will debut on Hulu next year. She […]

Burnett hires reality TV chief for MGM

MGM has recruited Barry Poznick as president of its unscripted division as, with Mark Burnett at the helm, it seeks to become a powerhouse in reality TV. Poznick will report to Burnett and the MGM move sees the pair reunited. They worked together on shows including Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for Fox, How’d […]

Genius re-hires ex-MGM exec

LA-based kids company Genius Brands International has re-hired former MGM VP of finance Rebecca Hershinger. Having worked with GBI since early 2014 through he role at CFO Advisory Services and as CFO for GBI between October 2014 and June 2015, she has been named CFO, reporting to company CEO and chairman Andy Heyward. Hershinger will […]

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