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Vikings drives MGM growth as Tellem joins board

Strong worldwide sales of scripted drama Vikings helped Hollywood studio MGM report revenue growth of 164% in its second quarter. MGM parent MGM Holdings reported revenue of US$339 million for the three months to June 30, 2012, up from US$128.4 million in 2012, news that was compounded by the announcement Microsoft Studios chief and former […]

Sky Deutschland sports strong results

Sky Deutschland reported strong growth in its second quarter, with viewer numbers boosted by the operator’s sport line-up and coverage of domestic and international football. Sky recorded increased operating momentum with total customers up 47,900 to 3.453 million in the quarter, with CEO Brian Sullivan commenting that “with Bundesliga exclusivity, an unrivalled sport offering, great […]

Sky Deutschland expands MGM partnership

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has expanded its long term output agreement with MGM in a deal that exclusively hands it the Hollywood studio’s latest blockbuster movies. The deal also includes a renewal of the MGM HD Channel in Germany and Austria, which launched earlier this year. The content deal comprises exclusive pay TV […]

Susan Elkington leaves Chellomedia

Susan Elkington has left Chellomedia after more than a decade at the company, TBI can reveal. Elkington was executive VP, content development, acquisitions and programming, film and general entertainment at Chellomedia, which is the content division of Liberty Global. In a career at Chello that stretches back to 2001, she spearheaded the roll out of […]

Sloan, Sagansky launch new investment vehicle with $250m IPO

Industry veterans Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are launching a new company, Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp., on the back of a US$250 million initial public offering. The pair has formed the company two years after they raised US$190 million for their Global Eagle Acquisition imprint, which is sponsoring the new venture. The IPO comprises […]

‘Russian HBO’ makes a major channels move

Russian producer Amedia has moved into the channels business in a big way, effectively launching HBO in Russia and inking a huge programming deal with CBS Studios International. Founder and president Alexander Akopov tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s plans in the pay TV space. Amedia was until a recently best known as Russia’s biggest […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sena Argun, SinemaTV

Sena Argun is in LA this week buying for a SinemaTV’s bouquet of Turkish pay TV channels. The group has general entertainment, female-skewed, family, action and movie channels so Argun is in LA on the lookout for a wide range of content. Which channels are you buying content for? I’m buying content for our group […]

New Italian distributor Lion International launches

Italian media execs Giuseppe Gargiulo and Sesto Cifola have formed a new distribution business Lion Pictures International. The Rome-based company said it will produce and coproduce features TV series and launched at the Cannes Film Festival today. Its main focus will be selling movies. Gargiulo is an Italian indie producer and will be president and […]

LoveFilm gets Vikings series ahead of TV

Amazon’s on-demand service LoveFilm has bought Vikings in a deal that means the hit drama series will be available on its streaming service ahead of linear TV. The series is produced and distributed by MGM and aired on History in the US as the cable net continues to push into scripted programming. LoveFilm has exclusive […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]