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Channel 5’s Frow: Savings from ‘Big Brother’ cancellation didn’t go the distance

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has called the cancellation of Big Brother a “liberation”, but has noted that the savings did not go “as far as he liked”. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Frow reiterated his views on the long-running Initial-produced reality programme, noting that it was “time to lose the show”, […]

Wheelhouse Group hires general counsel Rob Lia as president

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group has appointed long-time general counsel Rob Lia as president. Lia is to oversee and manage all business operations, as well as planning and investing across all subsidiaries of the group, including entertainment and content, marketing and brand initiatives, and Wheelhouse’s events division and investment and real estate ventures. Lia – who […]

Propagate scores distribution deal with Complex

Ben Silverman and Howard Owen’s Propagate has picked up international rights to series from youth-skewing media group Complex. The producer-distributor – whose global distribution arm is led by Cyrus Farrokh, president of international – has already sold around 95 hours of Complex content into Africa’s MultiChoice Group’s M-Net, which will air the programming on music […]

Don Cheadle sets up prodco Radicle Act

Actor-producer Don Cheadle has set a production outfit targeting diverse film and TV projects from emerging talent. On the TV side, Radicle Act has struck an exclusive first-look deal with former Miramax Television and Studio Lambert USA exec Eli Holzman’s Industrial Media for TV and digital programming. Meanwhile, the exec has set up an adaptation […]

Rabbit Films hires ITVSGE’s Ferguson for international sales

Finnish producer-distributor Rabbit Films has appointed an ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to join its international sales team. Sam Ferguson – who most recently served as sales manager for Russia, CIS, Baltics and the Balkans at ITVSGE – joins the City vs. Country distributor as senior sales manager, based out of London. Her remit includes […]

Exclusive: Netflix drives into European drama with hires for Paris, Berlin

Netflix is expanding its scripted might in Europe, building out offices in Paris and Berlin with top execs from local broadcasters and production companies. The streaming giant is building out its German team, having hired Lucas Schmidt – a long-time commissioner with German public broadcaster ZDF. Though he has been based in Amsterdam since joining […]

AMC Entertainment Networks Group brings Studios operation in-house

AMC Networks is bringing its Studios operation in-house in a restructure that sees the departure of David Madden. The exec, who joined AMC in 2017, served as president of programming for the Entertainment Networks Group and AMC Studios. However, under the business’s “strategic realignment” the studio will come under centralised leadership – that of Sarah […]

Exclusive: Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships departs

Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships Gill Hay has left after four years, leaving a question mark around the business’s plans for original content. TBI can confirm that the exec departed recently, and that no direct replacement is planned for the role. Hay, a former Channel 4 acquisitions boss, joined Virgin Media in 2015 from […]

DRG appoints Pilot’s Jack Watson for CEMA sales

DRG has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of Pilot Film and TV Productions exec Jack Watson. He joins as sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe – including Baltic territories – as well as the Middle East and Africa. Watson was previously sales manager for broadcast and inflight at Pilot Film and Television […]

Steve Turney rejoins Power Entertainment

Steve Turney has rejoined Power Entertainment after four years away. The TV veteran has boarded the London-headquartered producer-distributor as SVP of sales and acquisitions for EMEA. Turney was previously VP of sales for Power between 2011 and 2015. Before that, he worked in sales for Twentieth Century Fox International Television, Goldcrest Films International, Polygram Television […]

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