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Cineflix to sell Pivot shows

Cineflix Rights has secured rights to sell programming from US cable channel Pivot. The catalogue deal covers more than 40 hours, including the Emmy-winning Hit Record TV (pictured), which is from Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer), Brian Graden Media and hitRECord. Other shows include Secret Lives of Americans, a 10x30mins series from All3Media America […]

Second senior Participant exec exits

Participant Media COO Jeff Ivers is leaving the LA-based network group, a move that follows the resignation of CEO Jim Berk. Ivers was a founding member of the company, which operates US cable channel Pivot, but his position has been under threat as a strategic management review continues. Variety first reported the news, which follows […]

Nat Geo buys Malala movie

National Geographic Channel has acquired the forthcoming feature documentary He Named Me Malala and will play it in 171 territories. The deal with 21st Century Fox-owned Fox Searchlight Pictures means the doc will play on Nat Geo channels around the world next year. The film paints a portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot […]

Participant Media CEO exits

Jim Berk, the CEO of US cable channel Pivot owner Participant Media, has resigned from his post. He is leaving the business effective immediately after more than eight years, saying it was “the right time for someone else to take the helm”. Jeff Skoll, the company’s founder who made his fortune at e-commerce site eBay, […]

Endemol Beyond hires ex-Participant exec as COO

Adrian Sexton has joined Endemol Beyond USA as chief operating officer. The former Participant Media and Lionsgate Entertainment exec is joining the Endemol Shine Group business’s LA office. He was formerly cable channels operator Participant’s executive VP of digital. At Endemol Beyond USA, he will oversee strategic partnerships and investments, business development, sales and distribution […]

Netflix tames Beasts of No Nation with $12m

Streaming service Netflix has paid big bucks to debut Beasts of No Nation, a feature film starring Idris Elba about a West African child soldier. The film, which comes from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, will launch on Netflix in the US and worldwide later this year. The fact the film debuts in select theatres […]

New cable channel buys international comedy drama

An Australian comedy drama will anchor the launch evening of Participant Media’s new US cable channel Pivot. Please Like Me, which is inspired by the awkward real-life experiences of Aussie comic Josh Thomas, will launch on the channels’ debut evening on August 1 with six back-to-back episodes at 8pm ET. The first episode of the […]

Pivot attends Little Mosque

Upcoming issues-themed US cable channel Pivot has acquired all six seasons of Canadian comedy series Little Mosque,which features the lives of ordinary Muslims living the West. The deal for the Westwind Pictures-produced show gives Pivot six seasons comprising 91 episodes of the show, which first debuted on CBC. Little Mosque has met critical acclaim and […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]