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TV veteran Gary Lico to retire in 2023, seeks ‘Forensic Files’ distributor

Former Sony exec and CableReady chief Gary Lico is to step down next year following a 50-year career in the syndication and distribution business. Lico, who now runs GaryLico.TV, will retire by June 2023 and is looking for a global distributor to take over the rights to true crime series Forensic Files. The veteran holds exclusive […]

IDW Entertainment & Sony alum to lead new US distribution & production outfit Strong Studios

David Ozer, the former CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE)’s Landmark Studio Group, has been appointed as president of a new New York-based production and distribution firm backed by US screen manufacturer Ballantyne Strong. Strong Studios, which will operate as part of the company’s Strong Entertainment division, will develop and produce original […]

Sony strikes $350m deal to buy ‘American Idol’ producer Industrial Media

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is to acquire American Idol producer Industrial Media as part of a major push into unscripted TV, with a senior exec restructure also in the works. Industrial Media, which was formed in 2018 when Core Media Group and Eli Holzman’s The Intellectual Property Corp merged, owns producers including 19 Entertainment, B17 […]

Netflix returns to ‘The Crown’ producer for Spanish-set robbery drama

Netflix is returning to The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures for its latest UK drama, this time an eight-parter exploring the ramifications of a robbery. Palamino tracks the story of a UK teacher who finds herself caught up in a supermarket robbery in Spain. Her life then unravels after one of the robbers claims to […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

Endemol Beyond hires ex-Participant exec as COO

Adrian Sexton has joined Endemol Beyond USA as chief operating officer. The former Participant Media and Lionsgate Entertainment exec is joining the Endemol Shine Group business’s LA office. He was formerly cable channels operator Participant’s executive VP of digital. At Endemol Beyond USA, he will oversee strategic partnerships and investments, business development, sales and distribution […]