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Kees Abrahams’ Imagine Nation buys 50% of Absolutely Independent

Imagine Nation has bought a 50% stake in Netherlands-based formats distributor Absolutely Independent. Imagine Nation is the new company set up by ex-Sony and 2waytraffic boss Kees Abrahams and theatre impresario Robin de Levita, and Abrahams becomes co-chairman of Absolutely, alongside its founder and chief executive Patty Geneste. “I was looking for the right partner […]

Kees Abrahams and Robin de Levita fire up Imagine Nation

Former 2waytraffic and Sony Pictures Television boss Kees Abrahams has created Imagine Nation, a new TV, film and live events company with theatre impresario Robin de Levita. The new firm’s non-executive chairman will be another ex-Sony employee, Chris Pye, who has also worked at the BBC and ITV in the UK. Imagine Nation plans to […]

TBI Exclusive: Former Sony boss Michael Grindon joins MRC

Former Sony boss Michael Grindon has reemerged at US production company Media Rights Capital, TBI understands. Grindon was previously president, Sony Pictures Television and left the Hollywood studio in March 2010 after it combined what was called Sony Pictures Television International and Sony Pictures Television. He is now working with Media Rights Capital, the production […]

Sony inks formats deals and first look with Israeli producer

The BBC has ordered a second season of Sony Pictures Television’s Breakaway and SPT has shopped a local version of the gameshow format to Al Hayat, Egypt’s largest broadcaster. The Egyptian version will be made by SPT Arabia, the production hub the studio established in late 2010 and run by Ziad Kebbi. Separately, SPT said […]

UK multichannel operators programming spend hits £2.2 billion

The main providers of commercial digital channels in the UK spent a cumulative £2.2 billion on content last year, according to new research. Oliver & Ohlbaum’s Economic Impact Report for COBA, the industry body for UK-based multichannel operators, breaks down the programming spend of the group’s membership, which includes Discovery, BSkyB, Fox International Channels, NBCUniversal, […]

TBI Exclusive: International versions of Breaking Bad in the works

Sony Pictures Television is working on deals for local versions of its hit drama series Breaking Bad. “Four countries are interested in Breaking Bad. We are getting [series creator] Vince Gilligan on the phone with one aspiring licensee this week, in a country where there is a real desire to do it,” Jeff Lerner, senior […]

UK multichannel programming spend rockets to £623 million

Commercial multichannel broadcasters spent £623 million on content last year, a 31% year-on-year increase. A report compiled by Oliver & Ohlbaum for the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) showed that investment in original first-run programming increased sharply last year, as did money spent on acquisitions of finished shows. Many multichannel broadcasters, notably BSkyB, have upped their […]

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