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 […]

US net Starz acquires Alphanim animated series

US premium broadcaster Starz has acquired three animated series from French producer and distributor Alphanim. The Chris Albrecht-helmed company, which operates the Starz Kids & Family channel, has picked up the US rights to 52x13mins adventure series The Green Squad, the second season of 52x13mins Gawayn and comic-book comedy Toto Trouble. Starz already airs Alphanim-distributed […]

Starz cancels Boss after two seasons

US cable network Starz has cancelled Kelsey Grammer-fronted political drama Boss after two seasons. The series was produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Grammer’s Grammernet Productions and Category 5 Entertainment. It was developed by Farhad Safinia and ran to 18 episodes, ending on October 19. “After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision […]

Starz poaches HBO veteran Dave Baldwin

Starz has hired Dave Baldwin as executive VP, programming. He joins the Liberty-owned US cable network business from HBO where he worked for over thirty years. Baldwin will replace Stephan Shelanski, who is leaving Starz at the end of the year. Based in New York, Baldwin will oversee all programming planning and research activity around […]

Blood and gore and TV shows

Television is getting scarier. Horror has always had an on-off relationship with the small screen dating back to the Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt but the number of gore filled series currently on the air is higher than it’s ever been. Shows including The Walking Dead, The River, Dexter, Grimm and American Horror […]

Netflix launches in Sweden

Netflix’s Scandinavian roll out has commenced with its streaming service launching in Sweden today. Consumers can access a one-month free trial after which the local Netflix will be priced at SEK79 (US$11.81) a month. At launch there will be TV and movie content from Fox and Sony as well as other US distributors Lionsgate and […]

Starz acquires All3Media’s The White Queen

US premium cable network Starz has acquired All3Media International’s period drama The White Queen. The series, which is an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s best selling novels series The Cousins War, is produced by Company Pictures for British public broadcaster BBC One. Starz has come on board the ten episode series and has acquired all US […]

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