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TBI Weekly: Six key takeaways from MIA Market in Rome

Rome has been a hotbed of discussion for the international TV industry this week, as European and US execs jetted into the Italian city for the ever-growing MIA Market. Richard Middleton offers six key takeaways. The only thing changing quicker than the international TV industry at the moment seems to be the economic strategy and personnel of the UK government. […]

Sky Italia, Disney & RTÉ lands Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor drama

Sky Italia, RTÉ in Ireland and Disney in Africa and the Middle East are among companies to have bought the Australia drama RFDS. The drama, which was extended by commissioner Seven Network last month, has also been picked up by M7 Group in Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as TV Joj in Slovakia, following previous sales to […]

Fremantle hires Sky Italia exec to find ‘new routes to market’ & monetisation potential

Fremantle has hired an exec from Sky Italia to explore new routes to market for the global production and distribution outfit. Gabriella Carriere will become group head of strategy and has a remit to develop “new and innovative routes to market, business models and monetisation opportunities.” She reports into Andrea Scrosati, another former Sky Italia exec who […]

Sky Studios brings German & Italian scripted shows under Nils Hartmann

Sky Studios has handed veteran exec Nils Hartmann responsibility for its originals strategy in Germany, in addition to his remit at Sky Italia. Hartmann becomes SVP of Sky Studios Deutschland & Italia, leading the development, commissioning and production of Sky original dramas and comedies for the German arm. He will also retain his current responsibilities […]

Disney+ buys Sky Italia drama ‘Anna’ across Europe as Fremantle racks up sales

Disney+ has taken a swathe of rights across Europe for Fremantle’s dystopian new-world drama, Anna. The series is from Niccolo Ammaniti and was produced for Sky Italia by Fremantle-owned Wildside, with Arte France, Fremantle, the New Life Company and Kwaï co-producing. It will now also become available via Disney+ in the UK and Ireland, Spain, […]

News round-up: Sky Nature comes to Italy & Germany; HBO Max snags ‘Anacronte’

Sky Nature comes to Italy & Germany European pay-TV giant Sky and Blue Ant Media-owned nature streaming brand Love Nature have expanded their five-year content deal in support of Sky Nature, to bring the channel to Italy and Germany. Launching in the UK last year, Sky Nature became the official, exclusive home of Love Nature […]

Sky Italia’s MD & programming chief to depart

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Sky Italia to cut 25% of workforce

European pay giant Sky is set to reduce its Italian workforce by 25% in a four-year reorganisation plan. National unions Slc Cgil, Fistel Cisl and Uilcom issued a statement on the planned redundancies, confirming a number of local reports. The job cuts are part of a cost-cutting overhaul which is expected to yield savings of […]

Sky Studios ups Jane Millichip to oversee operations across Europe

Comcast-owned Sky Studios has expanded the remit of its UK chief content officer Jane Millichip, who is taking control of creative operations across Europe. Millichip will now oversee all editorial and content activities in the UK and on the continent for Sky Studios, with the division’s chiefs in Germany and Italy – Marcus Ammon and Nils […]

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