UKTV goes for Gold Christmas makeover

UKTV is giving its Gold and Good Food channels a Christmas makeover. The Scripps and BBC Worldwide-owned channel operator will rebrand the channels Christmas Gold and Christmas Food throughout December to coincide with the seasonal festivities. Both channels will have new on-air rebranding and their name changes will also be reflected in the EPGs of […]

UKTV says content investment driving results

UKTV has reported strong annual results, notching profit and revenue increases. The BBC Worldwide and Scripps-owned channel operator said its investment in content drove the positive numbers, with it also taking its highest ever share of the overall commercial TV audience, which came in at 9.1% across the bouquet of channels in 2014, compared with […]

Scripps: ‘TVN deal makes us major global player’

Scripps Networks Interactive’s majority buyout of Polish broadcaster TVN is on track to close in the third quarter, allowing Scripps to expand its brands and footprint in the region. Speaking on Scripps’ earnings call last week, Scripps Networks president Burton Jablin (pictured) said that the TVN deal “really puts Scripps Networks on the map as […]

Gusto adds spice to foodie market

“There is no owners manual that comes with a broadcast license,” says Knight Enterprises’ Chris Knight about his fledgling food channel Gusto. Still less than 18 months old, it has cornered the classic food TV market and having moved into originals, was at MIPTV with two series, A is for Apple (below) and One World […]

Lifestyle sales for Peace Point

Canada-based distributor Peace Point Rights has shopped 120 hours of lifestyle and factual fare to broadcasters around the world. Discovery has acquired food wagon competition series Food Truck Face off (via Italy-based distributor Beep Omnimedia) for Italy, Switzerland and Monaco. In Australia, Foxtel has picked up 40x30mins Bake with Anna Olson (pictured) while Scripps has taken […]

Cost of Scripps’ TVN deal could hit US$2bn

Financial analysts have said the cost of Scripps Networks International’s deal for TVN could rise to US$2 billion if it moves for the outstanding shares in the Polish broadcast group. Having bought 52.7% of TVN, SNI is required by Polish law to move for an additional 13% of its stock, and has the option to […]

Scripps confirms EMEA distribution hire

Scripps Networks International has confirmed the hire of Jo Lovell who joins its distribution team. TBI first reported Lovell had joined Scripps from A+E at the end of last year. Scripps said this morning that Lovell has taken the position of director of international programme licensing and distribution, EMEA. She will work out of Scripps’ […]

Sky channels launch on Snapchat

UK satcaster Sky has launched two content channels on the new Snapchat Discover platform for Sky News and Sky Sports. Sky will use the Snapchat service to publish daily editions of content featuring six to 10 ‘snaps’, using a combination of images, video and text – including long form articles. With the rollout, Sky becomes […]

Scripps poaches AMC’s Páez-Pumar for Lat-Am

Scripps has recruited Mauro Páez-Pumar to oversee affiliate sales in Latin America. He joins from AMC Networks International Latin America where he was chief commercial officer. In the newly-created role at Scripps, Páez-Pumar will oversee carriage deals for the channel operator’s services and marketing in the region. TBI understands he started in the new role […]

Scripps appoints Discovery veteran as Euro programming boss

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has appointed long-time Discovery Networks International executive Katharina Feistauer as its vice president of programming. Feistauer will take up her role in December and will be responsible for programme planning and strategy, as well as leading content sourcing and acquisitions. She will report to Scripps Networks UK and EMEA’s senior […]