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Sky hires fact-ent commissioner

UK pay TV operator Sky has hired Colm Martin as commissioning editor of factual entertainment. He will commission shows across Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts channels and report to Lorraine Charker-Phillips. Before joining Sky, Martin produced numerous shows including Young Apprentice and The Choir: Sing While You Work.

Broadcasters take The Simpsons short film

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has made The Simpsons spin-off short film The Longest Daycare available to a host of international broadcasters. The four-minute film, which features Maggie Simpson, was developed for a theatrical release and Fox has made it available to broadcasters including Sky 1 and Sky 3D in the UK and M6’s digital […]

BSkyB to make sports channels available without subscription

BSkyB is making its sports channels available on a pay-as-you-go basis for £9.99 a day ($15.80) without a TV subscription for the first time. Sky is to offer access its six Sky Sports channels to customers of Now TV, the over-the-top TV service launched by Sky late last year, for a 24-hour period for £9.99 […]

Manchester Utd takes control of MUTV

Manchester United is acquiring the one third stake in the English Premier League football club’s TV channel, MUTV, that it did not already own from pay TV group BSkyB. MUTV originally launched in 1998 as a three-way venture between the club, commercial broadcaster ITV and BSkyB, with Manchester United buying ITV’s stake in 2007. Manchester […]

BBC and Endemol bosses confirmed for MIP TV keynotes

BBC controller of drama Ben Stephenson and Tim Hincks, president of global entertainment producer Endemol, will give keynote addresses at MIP TV in April. Hincks will give a Media Mastermind keynote touching on the major changes affecting the TV industry and how these impact on creativity. Ahead of speaking he said: “The pace of change […]

Sky Vision hires first head of acquisitions

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has poached former BBC Worldwide commercial manager Angela Neillis and she will take the newly-created role of head of acquisitions. At Worldwide, Neillis worked with numerous factual and drama-producing indies and her appointment comes as Sky Vision, the distribution arm of News Corp.-backed pay TV platform BSkyB, seeks to add scripted […]

Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow

Bradley Wiggins is a household name, but when the filmmakers behind Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow started out on the project the cyclist was considerably less famous, despite being a multiple Olympic medal winner on the track and finishing fourth (since upgraded to third) in the Tour de France. A year later and […]

NBC closing international channels and cutting jobs

NBC Universal is closing several of its international channels and has placed a group of its staff at risk of redundancy, TBI has learned. Industry sources confirmed that NBC will close several of its networks. The channels are part of NBC Universal’s international television group, which is run by Kevin MacLellan. Specifically, its channel division […]

Sky inks first pay TV window deal with NBC Universal

British pay TV broadcaster Sky has inked a deal with NBC Universal that gives it the rights to movies including Snow White & the Huntsman and Ted in the first pay TV window. The multi-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution also gives Sky Movies subscribers in the UK and Ireland access to […]

The vision for Sky Vision

Carl Hall and Sophie Turner Laing tell TBI about how the freshly minted Sky Vision will be adding Sky’s upcoming original dramas to its slate as well as working with Sky News and Sky Sports to bring new programming to market. Distribution guarantees mean Sky can fully fund Plans to package and sell Sky News […]