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News brief: Jonathan Ross joins Microsoft Studios

British chat show host Jonathan Ross has joined Microsoft Studios as an executive producer. Microsoft has signed with the interactive arm of Ross’ Hotsauce production company, which develops apps and games. The move comes as Microsoft moves further into TV productions as its next generation Xbox One console gears up to be an all-purpose content […]

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 […]

C4 Online boss leaves for Microsoft Studios

Jen Topping is joining Microsoft Studios’ UK production arm. Topping will join Microsoft from Channel 4, where she is business manager of the UK commercial broadcaster’s online division. During a seven-year stint at Channel 4 Topping oversaw the launch of catch-up service 4oD and relaunch of At Microsoft she will be business manager of […]

Microsoft’s Halo show launching internationally

Content Television is launching Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action drama based on the computer games franchise, internationally. The show is produced by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries and was unveiled at Comic-Con last year. Content Television has now secured worldwide distribution rights across broadcast, online, VOD and home entertainment platforms, with the exception […]