NBCUniversal International Television Distribution

NBCU confirms ex-ITV Studios exec hire

NBCUniversal has confirmed the hire of David Wilcox, the former ITV Studios Global Entertainment sales director. He has been appointed director, sales liason, Nordic and Benelux regions at NBCU International Television Distribution, which sells NBCU’s scripted programming worldwide. This comes after TBI revealed Wilcox’s exit from ITVSGE, the sales arm of ITV Studios, earlier this […]

MTV acquires African rights to Jimmy Fallon

Youth entertainment net MTV has acquired African TV broadcasting rights to US talker The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. After concluding a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, MTV will launch the talk show on Wednesday, September 24 on its African feeds. “MTV and Jimmy Fallon have a long history of collaboration, going back to […]

Buyers briefing: Karin Heijink, VP, pay TV, Modern Times Group

Name: Karin Heijink Title: VP, pay TV channels, Modern Times Group Karin Heijink is vice president of pay-TV Channels East for Sweden-listed European broadcaster Modern Times Group. As such she oversees prebuys and acquisitions for a raft of factual, fact-ent and movie channels. She tells TBI about what MTG is looking for from international distributors […]

HBO Lat-Am cuts NBCU volume deal

HBO Latin America has agreed a multiyear movie deal with NBCUniversal. The agreement give HBO the Hollywood studio’s features for its channels in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2015. HBO will have first pay TV window rights and run the features on the HBO and Max channels. The deal also allows it to make […]

Rastamouse makes tracks for Lovefilm

Amazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has acquired a children’s programming package including Rastamouse from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution’s library. The deal gives Lovefilm UK rights to series such as Curious George, Barbie: Princess Charm School, The Land Before Time and Maisy. Rastmouse’s international distributor DHX Media appointed NBCU subsidiary Universal Pictures UK as its local home […]

News brief: NBCU cuts Polish VOD deal

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has signed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to distribute its films through its VOD service and its OTT platform ipla. The deal covers recent blockbusters such as Les Miserables as well as older titles like Mama Mia, Inglourious Basterds and American Gangster. The deal follows recent VOD […]

A+E taps Disney for Asian sales rep

A+E Networks has poached a sales exec from parent company Disney to become its senior manager, international content sales in Asia. Pooja Nirmal Kant will oversee programmes sales for southeast Asia, reporting into Ling Sze Gan, A+E’s senior director, international content sales, Asia. She’ll be based out of Singapore and begins her new role today. […]

Universal Channel UK buys NBCU-distributed procedural Motive

Universal Channel has picked up UK rights to US crime drama Motive. The detective series, which stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing) and Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), was an original for Canadian broadcaster CTV and was subsequently picked up by US broadcast net ABC. The Universal cable channel will be the first broadcaster in the UK […]

Universal Channel checks in to Bates Motel

Universal Channel in the UK has acquired Bates Motel from sister Comcast company NBCUniversal International Television Distribution. The series, which is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1960s horror Psycho, is currently airing on A&E Network in the US, where it premiered on March 18 to strong ratings. “Bates Motel is among the most-distinctive and talked-about new […]

13th Street Universal launching in Poland with Bates Motel

Crime and suspense channel 13th Street Universal will roll out in Poland in early April and the new net will give NBC drama series Bates Motel its national debut to coincide with the launch. 13th Street Universal launches on April 4 on the Cyfrowy Polsat DTH platform. The cable net is run by NBCUniversal’s channels […]