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Fox Entertainment expands comedy, animation teams

Fox Entertainment has hired Spectrum Originals exec Julia Franz and Trigger Warning With Killer Mike producer Daniel Weidenfeld to bolster its comedy and animation teams. Franz has been named SVP of comedy, while Weidenfeld has been appointed SVP of animation for Fox Entertainment. Franz is to oversee all comedy production and development for the network, […]

BritBox president: “We didn’t consider advertising”

BritBox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriraman said on an IBC panel that was discussing the differences between AVODs and SVODs. She added that, “Our idea all along is that we wanted to offer the audience something complete” and that a […]

Quintus Media hires trio of execs to grow digital operations

German distribution and media agency Quintus Media has appointed a trio of execs to grow the business’s digital operations. Former BBC Studios exec Lena Müller joins as head of acquisitions, responsible for growing the company’s digital content library. She previously worked for the commercial arm of the BBC as a co-production manager for Western Europe […]

Blue Ant Studios hires Cream exec Jennifer Harkness as SVP unscripted

Blue Ant Studios has hired former Cream Productions exec Jennifer Harkness as SVP of unscripted content. Harkness is to develop, sell and produce unscripted programmes for the US and international markets. Effectively immediately, Harkness joins the LA office and will be working alongside Dan Lubetkin, SVP of scripted content. Harkness most recently served as SVP […]

Frot-Coutaz: YouTube allows for creative experimentation on “unprecedented scale”

YouTube is emerging as the key forum for creative experimentation and the platform of choice for under-24 year-olds, and while many creators are not “an obvious fit” for traditional media, they are building the future of the content industry, according to YouTube EMEA boss Cécile Frot-Coutaz.  Speaking at IBC, Frot-Coutaz said that YouTube was primarily […]

How space programming evolved from no-go zone to no holds barred

Ahead of his ‘Space On The Big Screen’ session at IBC later today (16 September), Arrow Media co-founder and creative director Tom Brisley details the trajectory of space programming from a no-go zone among commissioners to a flourishing genre with myriad partners.  It used to be that if you were pitching factual content to US […]

HBO Europe exec Gabor Krigler sets up Joyrider Television for Euro drama

Former HBO Europe creative exec Gabor Krigler has set up a new prodco that will herald projects from European writers. Based out of Budapest, Joyrider Television is billed as a development and production outfit that is set to work with established writers across Europe, in addition to developing in-house projects. Krigler – who helped to […]

Plimsoll Productions appoints Electus alum to head LA office

Plimsoll Productions has hired former Electus and Covert Media exec Saul Goldberg to head its Los Angeles office. The business – in which private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital took a minority stake last month – has appointed Goldberg as VP of development and production. He will oversee Plimsoll’s US slate across fact ent and […]

Quibi sees second high-profile departure in a month

Quibi has seen the second departure of a senior exec in less than a month. Content executive Janice Min is exiting Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming venture, just 10 months after joining the platform. The former editor-in-chief of US Weekly and co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, who worked as a […]

Fred Media hires TCB’s Mem Bakar as European sales boss

TCB Media Rights exec Mem Bakar has landed at Australian distributor Fred Media. Bakar is to head the European sales office for Fred – the commercial arm of Australian Bondi Vet and Vet On The Hill prodco WTFN Entertainment – out of London. She replaces long-time Fred and WTFN exec Sally Cronin, who first joined […]

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