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Former Sky chief Sam Chisholm passes away

Former Sky chief executive Sam Chisholm has died after a short illness. Chisholm, who was 78, helmed Sky from 1989 until 1997, overseeing its merger with rival British Satellite Broadcasting to form BSkyB. Chisholm, known for his ruthlessness as an executive as well as discreet personal generosity, played a major role in ensuring Sky’s survival […]

Show of the Week: Family Food Fight

Good humour and healthy family rivalry are promised in Endemol Shine Australia’s Family Food Fight, a high-energy cooking competition pitting six households against one another. Headed up by joint CEOs Mark and Carl Fennessy, who are credited for supercharging the success of MasterChef, the format celebrates family home-style cooking where everyone gets together to cook […]

Electus launches 6/26 int’l copro model

US producer-distributor Electus has created a new international coproduction model for unscripted programmes dubbed ‘6/26’. The practice is the brainchild of Electus worldwide television and international president John Pollak, and is aimed at secured multi-episode orders. The processs sees four broadcasters – Australia’s Nine Network, France’s TF1, Germany’s Nito (part of RTL Germany) and Nordics-based […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

Nine bullish after loss of A$203m

The CEO of Nine Network in Australia claims an after-tax loss of A$203 (US$tktktktkt) is only part of restructure that will benefit “the entire business in the mid-term”. The broadcaster’s result for the last twelve months saw revenue of A$1.24 billion on EBITDA of A$206 million. However “specific items” after tax drove earnings to the […]

BBC to broadcast One Love Manchester concert

UK broadcaster BBC One and a host of international channels will broadcast the One Love Manchester concert. The is being held to raise money for the victims and families of the Manchester bombing last week at an Ariana Grande concert last week. BBC One will cover the event, held at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket […]

Ex-ABC exec in as Aussie prodco targets drama

Former ABC and Nine Network exec and local industry veteran Courtney Gibson has joined Australian producer Jungle as it moves into TV drama. Gibson has been named managing director and partner with the company, which has an unnamed television drama in production and another in fully-funded development from showrunner Kristen Dunphy. She is a former […]

Nine to visit Planet Earth II

Australian commercial channel Nine Network has acquired local premiere rights to Planet Earth II, which scored huge ratings for the BBC in the UK this week. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-produced series took 9.2 million viewers on its premiere on Sunday, making it the biggest-rating natural history programme in the UK for 15 years. […]

Nine programming chief exits

Andrew Backwell has resigned from his programming and production role at Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Network. Nine’s managing director of programming and production will leave the network at the end of October, according to TV Tonight, which broke the news today. Backwell will reportedly pursue new career opportunities, with other Nine executives taking up his […]

Warner Bros. secures volume deal with Globo

Warner Bros. has signed a multi-year free TV deal with Brazilian broadcaster Globo. This will see Warner Bros. International Television Distribution providing the network will feature films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and TV series including Gotham, The Flash and Supergirl. The deal is a boon for Warner […]

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