Peter Smith

Greece’s Antenna launches SVOD

Antenna Group has launched an SVOD service in Greece. The ANT1 Next streaming service rolls out today and comes after Antenna tested the market with a TVOD service last year. ANT1 Next is priced at €2.99 (US$3.24) a month and has exclusive scripted programming including popular local dramas – Brousko and Tamam – plus box […]

Shakespeare drama for BBC

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL Doctor Who writer Russell T. Davies is penning a 90-minute television adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for UK terrestrial BBC One. Director Steve McQueen, meanwhile, is creating a six-part drama about West Indian communities in Britain during the the late Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Billed as “bold and […]

Greece’s Antenna poaches NBCUniversal channels MD

Greek broadcast group Antenna has appointed Tariq Syed as its managing director of thematic channels and digital. Syed joins from NBCUniversal where he was managing director, Central Europe for the Studio’s channels division Universal Networks International. Prior to that he was vice president of business development at NBCUniversal. At Antenna he will oversee the Greek […]

Pete Smith leaving Cineflix

Cineflix Media’s studios boss Pete Smith is exiting the company in the latest round of restructuring at the UK-North American producer-distributor. Smith’s departure from Cineflix Studios has been widely expected since Cineflix Media moved to scale back its scripted operations in favour of unscripted programming in the US, Canada and the UK. Former NBCUniversal International […]

UKTV’s Watch moves into original drama with Red Planet series

UKTV-owned pay channel Watch is getting its first original scripted drama, with scriptwriter Tony Jordan’s indie attached to create a 10-part supernatural thriller. Legion will tell the story of a criminologist on a global search for a cure for his 10 year-old daughter’s inoperable brain tumour who is forced to make a deal with the […]

Cineflix Productions bosses exit in restructure

Cineflix Productions’ Toronto-based CEO Simon Lloyd and executive VP Joe Houlihan are exiting the business to launch their own prodco, as Cineflix Media shakes up its operations to focus on the US and UK markets. Lloyd and Houlihan have agreed to remain with Canadian indie Cineflix until the end of the year to “facilitate the […]

News brief: IMG exec expands role

IMG Media’s senior VP has taken over US acquisitions and distribution at the New York-headquartered company. Hillary Mandel will now control operations of IMG Media programming, reporting into Ioris Franchini, executive VP, head of acquisitions and sales, worldwide. Mandel has been with the company for 14 years, and will continue to co-manage IMG Media’s Canadian […]

Former NBCU boss Peter Smith joins Cineflix

Former NBC Universal International boss Peter Smith has become chief executive of Cineflix Studios, over a year after leaving the Hollywood studio. Smith will be in charge of Cineflix Media’s scripted arm and will be based in London from September. He will report to Glen Salzman, co-chief executive, Cineflix Media, while Christina Wayne, president, Cineflix […]