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Shapiro exits NBCU’s Seeso as strategy shifts

Evan Shapiro, the head of NBCUniversal-owned comedy SVOD service Seeso, is to leave his post. His departure this week throws the future of the all-comedy streaming service into doubt, with Seeso now transferring to NBCU digital enterprises president Maggie Suniewick. According to Vulture, which broke the story, the move will not affect Seeso’s new programming […]

Ex-Pivot exec joins AMC in int’l rejig

Former Pivot exec Chris Loveall has joined AMC Networks as part of a new group that will oversee international programming for AMC and SundanceTV. Loveall has been named VP, international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, with Kristin Jones named at the top of the new unit. Jones is now overseeing development and production and coproduction […]

Participant shuts down Pivot in restructure

Participant Media has shut down its millennials-focused US cable channel Pivot after three years after an “overall re-evaluation of the business”. Instead of running a linear network, Participant plans to direct its entertainment investments in content creation and social impact activities, it said in a statement today. This comes after a company evaluation that followed […]

MIPCOM confirms US Media Masterminds

Reed Midem has confirmed execs from Disney, Participant Media and STX Entertainment as keynote speakers at this year’s MIPCOM. Disney’s Ben Sherwood (above left), co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, will represent the Mouse House. Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney, when the long-serving exec left Disney in 2014. From US producer and cable channel […]

Pivot, BBCWW visit BBC One’s Capital

Buyers from the UK, Canada and Australasia have acquired BBC One drama Capital from FremantleMedia International. Participant Media-owned Pivot took the US rights, with Shaw buying them in Canada and BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, taking them in Australia and New Zealand. Capital comes from writer Peter Bowker and producer Kudos, and is based […]

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 […]

Pivot tracks down Traceable doc

US cable channel Pivot has acquired a documentary that traces how and where fast-fashion clothing is made. Pivot has tapped Australia-based Flame Distribution to buy Traceable, which comes from Clique Pictures in association with NBCUniversal Canada and Bell Media. Poland’s ITI Neovision has also bought the documentary, which follows designer Laura Siegel as she travels […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

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, […]