Westbrook Studios takes full control of Global Screen owner Telepool

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s production firm Westbrook Studios has taken full control of Germany’s Telepool, after acquiring the 50% of the company it didn’t already own from Swiss outfit Elysian Invest. The Smith’s company, which itself received minority backing from Kevin Mayer and Tom Stagg’s Candle Media earlier this week, had first invested […]

TBI Weekly: Premium aspirations elevate global-facing LatAm drama

The appeal of scripted Spanish-language programming, with premium budgets and global-facing stories, was more apparent than ever at this week’s Conecta Fiction market in Spain, which hosted its most international edition to date. Close to 700 delegates from across 24 countries descended on Pamplona, where first-time representatives from the likes of Entertainment One (eOne) and […]

Will Smith acquires German distributor Telepool

Will Smith and director Mark Forster have teamed up to acquire German distributor Telepool. Smith negotiated the deal via The Smith Family Circle and Smith’s Family Office banners, while Forster acquired Telepool assets via investor group Elysian Fields. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed on announcement. Smith and Forster said they plan to […]

Netflix confirms Euro content buyer hire

Netflix has confirmed the hire of former Telepool executive Kai Finke to its European content acquisitions team. German reports last year suggested Finke was joining the company, and a Netflix spokesman this week confirmed to TBI he has been appointed senior manager, content acquisitions. Netflix’s European buying team is based in LA, meaning Finke has […]

Red Arrow recruits scripted buyer

Red Arrow International has recruited Amelie von Kienlin as VP, scripted acquisitions. Kienlin will oversee all drama acquisitions at production and distribution group Red Arrow, reporting to Irina Ignatiew, co-managing director, Red Arrow International. Her previous experience includes stints as head of coproduction at France-based Wild Bunch and head of acquisitions at Telepool. Ignatiew, who succeeded […]

Regulator blocks Germany’s Gold streaming service

Regulators have blocked the Germany’s Gold service that a group of German media companies had been prepping for launch. The Bundeskartellamt saidf that launch of the service would have violated antitrust rules as there would have been collusion on pricing and exclusive programming deals. It specifically highlighted the involvement of the commercial arms of German […]

Samsung unveils new Smart TVs, chooses Red Bee for discovery

Consumer electronics giant Samsung is using the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to unveil a range of new features to its Smart TV platform, designed to enable intelligent navigation and discovery of content. Samsung’s key innovations for CES include Smart Hub and S-recommendation with voice interaction. The former comprises a five-panel user […]

Global Screen picks up German disaster movie for MIPCOM

Global Screen, the sales and distribution joint venture by Bavaria Media and Telepool, has acquired worldwide distribution rights to TV movie Heroes. The 1x120mins disaster movie is in production and will debut on free-to-air broadcaster RTL next year. The movie follows events after a disastrous experiment in a research laboratory causes satellites to fall to […]