Sloan and Sagansky’s Global Eagle replaces CEO

Global Eagle Entertainment, the in-flight entertainment firm founded by Hollywood veterans Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, has appointed a new CEO. Dave Davis has replaced John LaValle, who will continue to consult with the company going forward. Davis was previously CFO and COO, but takes over as chief executive effective immediately. Sloan, who was CEO […]

MIPTV 2014 news brief: MGM launching Fargo in Cannes

MGM will launch the upcoming TV version of Fargo internationally at MIPTV. The studio’s sales arm has already presold it to Channel 4 in the UK, but will give the TV remake of the Cohen brothers’ cult 1996 movie. The TV series is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions and will go out on […]

Lovefilm snags more Vikings

Amazon’s UK streaming service Lovefilm has bought rights to season two of drama series Vikings. The deal gives Lovefilm exclusive rights to the show and the agreement mean it will bypass free-to-air television in the first instance. It will latterly play on the History pay TV channel in the UK at an as yet undisclosed […]

Turkey’s D-Smart scores MGM movies deal

Turkish digital TV platform D-Smart has secured a multi-year movie programming agreement with US studio MGM. The deal gives the Dogan TV Holding-owned D-Smart, which offers frew and pay TV services, exclusive pay TV rights to feature films such as Carrie upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. D-Smart also gets an extensive number […]

AMC Networks buys Chellomedia for $1bn

AMC Networks has reached an agreement to buy Liberty Global-owned channel operator Chellomedia for €750 million (US$1 billion). The deal hands US-based AMC an extensive array of channels that are distributed to nearly 400 million homes in 138 territories. Chellomedia is the international content arm of John Malone’s Liberty Global, while AMC has emerged a […]

Amazon gets Vikings as part of new MGM deal

Amazon has expanded its content deal with MGM and will take US streaming rights to hit drama series Vikings for its Prime Instant Video service. Amazon’s UK and German service, Lovefilm, already has rights to the drama, which is produced and distributed by MGM. It performed well on US cable net History in a Sunday […]

News brief: Harry Sloan’s Global Eagle makes $36m in-flight deal

Global Eagle Entertainment has acquired another in-flight entertainment business, buying IFE Services for US$36 million. Global Eagle is run by former MGM and SBS boss Harry Sloan (pictured) and has already bought in-flight content businesses Row 44 and Frankfurt-listed Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) for US$400 million. The business it has just bought, IFE, provides content […]

MTV greenlights more Teen Wolf and Wolf Watch companion series

MTV has ordered a fourth season of Teen Wolf and greenlit a companion series, Wolf Watch. The series is based upon the 1980s MGM movie of the same name and is produced by MGM, Lost Marbles Productions, First Cause, Inc. and DiGa. MTV has ordered a fourth twelve-episode run of the show, which will launch […]

Fox buys Paramount of LAPTV channels business

Fox has bought fellow studio Paramount out of the LAPTV channels business. LAPTV operates premium movie channels in Latin America and was operated as a three-way joint venture between Fox, MGM and Paramount. Last year Fox’s channels division, FIC, bought MGM’s share of the business and has now done the same with Paramount. The deal […]

Foxtel conjures up Presto online movie service

Australia’s Foxtel will launch an online subscription movie streaming service. Presto will be priced at A$24.99 (US$23.56) per month and offer the movies pay platform Foxtel has on licence at that time. This will include films from MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roadshow Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. […]