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Ampere: media giants’ debts are manageable

Debt levels at media giants such as Netflix and Sky are less significant than those of the doomed internet companies of the dot com bubble, according to a new study. The high levels of debt being incurred by the likes of Amazon, Altice and Verizon as well as significant regional players such as Sky, ITV […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia. RTL’s domestic German and French broadcasting operations posted decent returns, but overall EBITDA was pushed down by the phased out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the […]

Iflix hires RTL CBS Asia founder

Iflix has appointed the founding CEO of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, Jonas Engwall, as its new head of Asia. Engwall (pictured) takes over from the emerging market SVOD service’s previous Asia boss, David Goldstein, who moves to a new role as non-executive chairman of Iflix Asia. He brings more than 14 years of broadcasting and […]

History staffs up for Dutch launch

A+E Networks UK has hired new programming and marketing staff ahead of the launch of History channel in the Netherlands. Marit Huiskamp and Eva Schouwenaar have joined A+E’s Amsterdam-based Benelux office as programme scheduler and marketing manager respectively. Huiskamp will join later this summer from RTL, where she has spent the past several years working […]

A+E’s European COO exiting

Nicolas Eglau is stepping down as COO of A+E and Sky’s joint venture operation. Eglau has been COO and general manager of A+E Networks UK since late 2015, joining from RTL’s business in the Netherlands. His role at the channels business spanned the UK, Nordics, Benelux and CEEMA regions, and A+E said today he will […]

Free TV deals for Zak Storm

A raft of free-TV broadcasters in Europe have acquired Zak Storm, the new pirate action adventure series from Method Animation in France. PGS Entertainment is distributing and has sold the 39x26mins show to broadcasters including Super RTL in Germany, RTVE in Spain, RTBF in Belgium, RTL in the Netherlands, SIC in Portugal and CSC Pop […]

ITV expands This Time Next Year franchise

ITV has greenlit two more seasons of This Time Next Year. This Time Next Year was one of the format hits of 2016, travelling extensively before it even aired on terrestrial broadcaster ITV in the UK. The ‘time-travel’ show will go to two more runs, ITV revealed on Friday at the ITV Studios Formats Festival, […]

Worldwide touts drama sales ahead of Showcase

BBC Worldwide has shopped several of its drama series to buyers, including SS-GB to RTL in Germany and War and Peace to an SVOD service in Russia. SS-GB, which was a key title at Showcase last year, launched on BBC One last night in the UK. The alternative history drama has been acquired by RTL Pay, […]

MTG’s Zoomin expands German operations

MTG-backed MCN Zoomin TV is expanding in Germany, appointing Cengiz Kurt its new country manager. Kurt is the former CEO of video marketing business Clipkit and brings a 13-strong team from that business to Zoomin. Zoomin said today it wants to double revenues from Germany this year, working with traditional broadcasters in Germany including RTL […]

RTL exploring ‘all strategic alternatives’ for MCN

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for the company together with minority shareholders. Luxembourg-based RTL has hired boutique investment advisor outfit Liontree to lead the process. An RTL spokesman told […]