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Comedy Central makes Above Average digital hire

Viacom-owned comedy channel Comedy Central has named Jennifer Danielson as senior vice-president of digital, charged with overseeing all digital content for the Comedy Central brand, from short-form series to social video. Danielson (pictured) will also be responsible for aligning Comedy Central’s digital strategy with Viacom’s overall initiatives. Prior to joining Comedy Central, Danielson served as […]

BBCWW moves away from originals strategy

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will move away from commissioning originals for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels, leaving two commissioners redundant. The channels will newly focus on airing BBCWW distributed series and local formats, as first reported by Deadline. As part of the new strategy, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson will no longer […]

Surprise choice for Channel 4 content chief

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has plumped for the surprise choice of Ian Katz, a news executive currently working at the BBC, as its director of programmes. Katz (pictured) effectively succeeds Jay Hunt, who was C4’s chief creative officer until exiting recently and joining Apple to run its original programming out of the UK. He will […]

Netflix folds House of Cards amid Spacey claims

Netflix has cancelled the show that has been core to its popularity, House of Cards. The show will end after the upcoming sixth season is complete, with the decision made public soon after allegations of sexual assault were made against its leading star and producer Kevin Spacey. Earlier this week Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony […]

Ex-Sky non-scripted chief to lead Mentorn

Former Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor has joined Tinopolis Group-owned UK factual prodco Mentorn Media. Taylor left UK satcaster Sky last year as Phil Edgar-Jones took over all non-scripted programming. She has now been named managing director of Robot Wars producer Mentorn, replacing Jonathan Hewes, who will now solely focus on another Tinopolis prodco, […]

Azcárraga Jean exiting as Televisa CEO

Emilio Azcárraga Jean is exiting his role as CEO of Mexican TV giant Televisa, with Bernando Gomez and Alfonso de Angoitia replacing him. The changes take effect on January 1, 2018, with Gomez and de Angoitia become co-chief executives at the company, which is the largest provider of Spanish-language content on the international market but […]

Exorcist producer Morgan Creek rejigs

US prodco Morgan Creek Productions has rebranded as it prepares to push further into television with a new slate of shows and planned reboots. The company will now be known as Morgan Creek Entertainment Group (MCEG), which will target TV reboots of movie franchises from its library such as Ace Ventura, Dead Ringers, Diabolique and […]

Apple confirms ex-C4 exec Jay Hunt as Euro chief

Tech giant Apple has confirmed the hire of former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt, news TBI first reported on earlier this month. She has been named European creative director of worldwide video, a role that will see her commissioning original content from Europe. Apple has committed US$1 billion to content in a bid to […]

Lionsgate signs deal with Dexter’s Goldwyn

Lionsgate is set to partner with John Goldwyn, the well-known producer of Dexter and Manhunt: Unabomber, on a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted programming for television and streaming platforms. Goldwyn will work with Lionsgate through his John Goldwyn Productions banner. Lionsgate will have exclusive first-look rights to all television projects developed and produced […]

Fox’s Freer replaces Hulu’s Sony-bound Hopkins

US streamer Hulu has appointed Fox Networks Group (FNG) chief Randy Freer has its new CEO, with the incumbent, Mike Hopkins (pictured), switching over to Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Hulu is experiencing its moment in the sun, having become the first SVOD service to win the Best Drama Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale, but Hopkins […]

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