Servus TV


Red Bull keeps Servus on air after u-turn

Red Bull-owned channel Servus TV will continue to operate, despite the announcement earlier this week that that the Austrian net was closing. The channel is loss-making, but the closure was, according to local press, driven by channel founder Dietrich Mateschitz’s disgruntlement at staff plans to form a work council. The decision has now been reversed […]

Red Bull’s Servus TV closes over economic woes

Red Bull Media House is closing Austrian channel Servus TV as the network has become “economically unsustainable”. The channel launched in 2009, but citing “the diligence of a prudent businessman” Red Bull said it is ceasing operations. The Servus magazine that sat alongside the channel is unaffected by the news, which Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz […]

Euro nets dare to Dream the Future

Channels in Germany, Austria and Belgium have pre-bought Canal+-commissioned doc series Dream the Future. The show, which is set for Canal+’s Planete+ in France, will broadcast on Redbull Media Group’s Servus TV in Germany and Austria, and RTBF in Belgium after deals with distributor About Premium Content. Ten-part Dream the Future, from Update Productions and […]

Servus, Globosat investigate Planet Ice

Austria’s Servus TV and Brazil’s Globosat have prebought Planet Ice from Zodiak Rights. The doc series is billed as a “spectacular journey to some of the world’s most outstanding glaciers” and employs filming techniques such as drones that can reach 6,500m. It includes interviews with leading glaciologists, who offer opinions on the future of glaciers […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

Sky Vision hires Karen Wise

Sky Vision, the distribution arm of UK pay TV operator BSkyB, has hired Karen Wise as head of sales. Wise was previously head of sales at (now defunct) Target Entertainment. At Sky Vision she will report to Leona Connell, head of global sales, and oversee sales to the US, Benelux, Ireland and Israel. Separately, Sky […]