Star TV

Greece’s Star TV waltzes off with ‘Dancing with the Stars’

BBC Studios has found a new home for its Dancing with the Stars format in Greece. Free-to-air channel Star TV has licensed two series – the seventh and eighth in market – with the first airing on the channel in Autumn this year. Dancing with the Stars originally launched in 2010 on Ant1 in Greece. Meanwhile Just […]

Iger could remain Disney CEO after Fox deal closes

Disney chief Bob Iger might not be done just yet. Reports claim Iger might re-up in his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company after closure of an agreement for various 21st Century Fox assets. The development came shortly after news that Fox chief James Murdoch could become CEO of the merged entity, with […]

Industry vet to lead Cannabis OTT channel

Douglas Lee has been named as general manager of 420TV, the new OTT TV channel focusing on entertainment, news and lifestyle content about cannabis that is backed by online video distributor Ownzones Media Network. Lee, who negotiated the deal that created 420TV on behalf of Ownzones and has been the architect of the channel’s programming, […]

Foxtel exec fills vacant unscripted role at ABC

A senior Foxtel executive has taken over non-scripted production at the ABC in Australia. Josie Mason-Campbell (pictured) has been hired as head of non-scripted, in effect taking over the role Brendan Dahill vacated when he joined Keo Films’ Aussie arm. The post puts her in control of ABC TV’s factual, entertainment, arts and events slate. […]

Chernin and KKR back Asian OTT service

Emerald Media, a pan-Asian media investment vehicle backed by private-equity outfit KKR and Peter Chernin, is taking a minority stake in South Asian content-focused OTT TV service YuppTV for US$50 million. YuppTV, based in Atlanta in the US, provides live TV, catch-up TV and movies on-demand in 14 languages across the globe with a mix […]

Warner Bros. names first China chief

Warner Bros. Entertainment has named veteran Chinese technology and entertainment industry executive Gillian Zhao as its first Chinese boss. Zhao, who was most recently atop film company Wanda Pictures and senior assistant to the president of the Wanda Culture Group, has become Warner’s executive VP and managing director of China. This puts her in charge […]

Little Big Shots goes big

Warner Bros. has secured a raft of new deals for its Little Big Shots, format including getting a local version away with ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. The series launched on NBC in the US, with a second season commissioned, and showcases the skills of gifted children. Warner Bros. International Television Production sells the format, and has […]

Ex-Star TV chief charged with murder

Former Star TV CEO Peter Mukerjea has been charged with the murder of his step-daughter, Sheena Bora. According to local reports, Mukerjea will also face charges of destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy. He had been arrested on November 19 for his role in the case, which centres of the disappearance of Bora in 2012. […]

Big Brother to make Turkish debut

Turkey’s Star TV has ordered a local version of Big Brother, marking the first ever Turkish version of the classic reality format. Endemol Shine International distributes the show and struck the Star deal. Endemol Shine Turkey will produce the local series, which will run for 15 weeks and launch on Star this summer. There will […]

Rupert Murdoch preps Fox exit

Rupert Murdoch is soon to step down as CEO of US-based media giant 21st Century Fox, according to sources from a report today. Murdoch will hand over the keys to the company to his son James, CNBC reported cited various unnamed sources close to the media mogul’s family. At 84 years of age, there has […]

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