RLJ Entertainment

BET founder launches Urban Movie Channel

Robert L. Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment will launch a new African American-skewing digital service, Urban Movie Channel, which will be programmed with drama, docs, comedy and horror programming. The streaming service will sit alongside Acorn TV, the British-skewed online US service that has Agatha Christie and other UK and English-language drama. RLJ will utilise its existing […]

Streaming service Acorn buys Seven’s Aussie drama

Acorn TV has picked up US rights to A Place to Call Home, the Australian period drama that has just been recommissioned for a two more seasons. The series tells the story of a mysterious woman returning to 1950s Australia to start a new life. It was made by Seven Network’s in-house production unit and […]

Ex-PBS digital exec joins US streaming service Acorn

RLJ Entertainment has hired former PBS digital exec Matt Graham as vice president of its digital channel and streaming service Acorn TV. Graham was previously at the digital division of US publicly funded broadcaster PBS. In his new Silver Spring-based position, he will replace Jen Linck, who has taken on the newly-created role of VP, marketing […]

Shaw to replace Holland at Agatha Christie firm

RLJ Entertainment, which owns rights to the Agatha Christie brand, has hired ex-Miramax exec Stuart Shaw to replace Paul Holland as managing director of its international division. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which includes the Poirot (pictured) and Miss Marple TV brands; plus the Foyle’s War franchise, British TV producer and distributor Acorn […]

RLJ picks Pears as sales boss

US distributor RLJ Entertainment has hired Mike Pears as its executive VP, content sales. In the newly-created role Pears will oversee TV and digital sales. He joins from Cinedigm Entertainment where he was president of digital sales. “With his foundational experience in the industry and leading role in the digital and cable/satellite VOD space, [Pears] […]