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Epix to adapt Get Shorty for TV

US premium cable channel Epix is to produce a TV version of 1990s movie Get Shorty. Production on the series will begin this year ahead of a 2017 launch, with MGM Television attached. MGM is the US studio that originally adapted Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel as a film and part-owns Epix with Paramount Pictures and […]

Dan Mintz firm linked to $2bn Paramount stake

Dan Mintz’s DMG Entertainment has been named a potential buyer of a 40% stake in Viacom’s film division, Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, DMG is prepared to pay US$2 billion for the stake, which would make the LA- and Beijing-based company a significant shareholder in Paramount. Viacom put a chunk of Paramount up for sale […]

Earley emerges at Berman’s Jackal

Former Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley has reunited with producer Gail Berman by becoming president of The Jackal Group. Earley exited Fox last year, a move that came after 21 years of service at Rupert Murdoch’s media group, and as the TV broadcast division merged with the Hollywood studio. At Jackal, Earley will report […]

Nick hands Viscardi content role, Hey Arnold! movie

Nickelodeon has handed veteran producer Chris Viscardi a senior content role, with a first task overseeing a new telemovie based on the classic Hey Arnold! toon series. Viscardi (pictured) has been named senior VP, content development, Nickelodeon franchise properties, reporting to Nick’s, president, content development and production, Russell Hicks. Based at Nick’s Burbank, California base, […]

ProSiebenSat.1 nabs ‘important’ Disney content deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and The Walt Disney Company have agreed a significant multi-year agreement that gives the former new US series and movies for its free, pay and SVOD channels. The deal is a coup for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, with Disney’s output previously going out in the territory through former local partner RTL. The master-licence agreement includes […]

EU launches antitrust case against Sky, studios

The European Commission is investigating Sky and six Hollywood majors, Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros., for agreeing country-specific content rights deals in the EU. The Commission has sent a statement of objections to the parties alleging that they have put in place contractual restrictions preventing Sky UK from allowing […]

Zodiak hires ex-Paramount exec in US scripted push

Zodiak Media has hired former Paramount digital programming chief Keith Quinn to take its European scripted formats into the US, TBI has learned. Quinn has taken on a consultancy post that will see him delve into Zodiak’s library to find shows that can be packaged with local US producers and sold to the ever-growing pool […]

Nick greenlights more Turtles

Nickelodeon has ordered a fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new twenty-episode season of the CGI animated series will debut on Nick in the US next autumn and internationally thereafter. Season three of the series – a reboot of the original toon, based on the Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman comic book series […]

Commission starts TV rights probe

Formal antitrust proceedings to examine programming agreements between US studios and European pay TV broadcasters are underway and could ultimately be extended to include other distributors, the European Commission confirmed today. EU spokesman Antoine Colombani told TBI this morning that the focus of the rights probe is currently restricted to the Hollywood Studios and their dealings […]

Foxtel conjures up Presto online movie service

Australia’s Foxtel will launch an online subscription movie streaming service. Presto will be priced at A$24.99 (US$23.56) per month and offer the movies pay platform Foxtel has on licence at that time. This will include films from MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roadshow Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. […]