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FIC inks channels deal with fledgling Thai operator

Fox International Channels has inked a deal with CTH and will provide the recently launched Thai pay TV platform with a range of its channels. CTH will carry FIC services including Star World and National Geographic as well as bringing Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports News to the Thai market for the first time. […]

Twofour sells 100 hours into Australia

Twofour Rights has sold more than 100 hours of programming to various Australian broadcasters. SBS, Foxtel and National Geographic have all taken packages of programming from the distributor. Pay TV broadcaster Foxtel has acquired a 90-hour package with the content airing across its channels. Titles include crime series Born to Kill, reality show The Exclusives […]

Tangled Bank’s Michael Rosenfeld to give MIPDOC keynote

Michael Rosenfeld, head of TV at recently-created factual producer Tangled Bank, will give a keynote address at MIPDoc  in April.   Tangled Bank was set up with $60 million a year in annual funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and ex-National Geographic president Rosenfeld is the executive brought on board to run TV and […]

Fox poaches strategy boss from BBC Worldwide

Fox International Channels has hired Christian Brent as its European strategy boss. Brent joins from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, where he was VP, strategy & audiences at the company’s channels division. At FIC, he will take the newly-created role of VP of research and strategy for Europe. Based in […]

Broadcasters jump at Felix Baumgartner doc

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired Space Dive, the one-off documentary about Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive. The documentary is distributed by BBC Worldwide. It has shopped it to Belgium (VRT), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), Germany (RTL), Holland (VPRO), France (France 4), Russia (Russia 2), Norway (NRK), Singapore (Channel News Asia), Korea (Chosun), Poland (TVP), […]

Nat Geo announces UK version of Doomsday Preppers

The first slate of programmes out of Nat Geo’s new programming hub has been announced and includes a formatted version of Doomsday Preppers and a series with actor and former soccer hard man Vinnie Jones. Three programmes from the content unit, which is run by Hamish Mykura, were announced: Dubai: Ultimate Airport, Vinnie Jones’ Toughest […]

Netflix loses a swathe of A+E programming and Nat Geo titles

Netflix has lost 800 hours of content from A+E Networks after both parties failed to renew a programming deal. Variety first reported that the A+E shows, including Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, were no longer available to stream on Netflix’s US service. Netflix had almost 24 million subscribers […]

MTV named the biggest TV channel in Europe

Viacom’s MTV is the most widely distributed channel in Europe, according to new research. The youth-skewed channel is carried by 123 operators across the continent and beats Disney Channel and the Discovery Channel, which are second and third with 122 and 121 operators respectively. National Geographic and Eurosport were the fourth and fifth most distributed […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

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