Vice hires ex-Miramax CEO Michael Lang as interim chair amid ‘critical restructuring’

Vice Media Group has appointed former Miramax CEO Michael Lang as interim executive chairman to help lead the “critical restructuring” at the company. His arrival comes less than two weeks since Hozefa Lokhandwala stepped down as co-CEO at the embattled media company. Vice was sold to former lenders Fortress Investment Group, Soros Fund Management and […]

US producers eye ‘nimble’ approach amid ‘extreme market contraction’

Nimbleness will be the key “weapon” for production firms as they look to survive the next six to 12 months amid an “extreme contraction” in the market, US-based execs have said. The squeeze in spending from streamers, coupled with an advertising downturn affecting commercial broadcaster commissions and rising costs due to inflation, has created a […]

Netflix moves forward with Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’ spin-off series

Netflix has confirmed that it will launch the previously announced series spin-off from Guy Ritchie’s 2019 action-comedy feature film The Gentlemen. Ritchie will serve as creator, co-writer, and executive producer on the series, and will also direct the first two episodes. While the show will be set in the world of the original film, Netflix […]

Miramax hires Netflix alum for TV development

US producer and distributor Miramax has appointed former Netflix exec Mirsada Abdool Raman as VP of TV development. Reporting to head of global TV Marc Helwig, Raman will oversee all development across Miramax’s TV slate, which includes The Untitled Chuck Barris Project for Apple TV+, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice for ITV, a […]

NENT hires Miramax exec to lead new distribution arm

Viaplay owner Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group has launched a new global sales division and hired a former Disney and Miramax exec to run it. Alexandra Aldred becomes VP & head at NENT’s Content Sales arm, having most recently led the EMEA sales distribution office for Miramax out of London. She previously held senior sales and […]

Cineflix Rights hires Miramax, BBC Studios alum for scripted sales

Cineflix Rights has appointed former Miramax and BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Tom Misselbrook to a newly created role overseeing drama sales. He becomes SVP of scripted sales & development and will be based in London, reporting into Cineflix Rights head of scripted James Durie. Misselbrook will work alongside the sales and acquisitions teams with a […]

ViacomCBS supercharges Miramax after $375m beIN deal

ViacomCBS is to invest more than $200m into Miramax after completing a $375m deal to acquire a 49% stake in the film and TV studio from Middle East media giant beIN Media Group. The agreement, first unveiled last year, sees ViacomCBS becoming a minority partner to beIN, which retains a 51% stake in the company. […]

ViacomCBS strikes deal for minority stake in Miramax from beIN

ViacomCBS has reached a deal with Qatar-based beIN Media to acquire 49% of Miramax. Under the terms of the deal, beIN will retain a 51% stake in Miramax and the studio’s leadership team will remain the same. ViacomCBS will acquire the stake for a total investment of $375m with an initial upfront cash payment of […]

Gaumont hires sales execs as Narcos heads for int’l market

LA-based distributor Gaumont has hired execs from Snap TV and Miramax, news that comes as the firm readies flagship drama Narcos for the international market. Ezequiel Olzanski and Mathilde Rottier (pictured) have joined as VP of Latin American TV distribution and coproduction and VP of US and Canada TV distribution respectively. Next week at Miami […]

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