The Simpsons

China SVOD deal for The Simpsons

Chinese subscription video-on-demand platform Sohu has acquired The Simpsons from Fox. The agreement for the popular animated series see The Simpsons get its first-ever official Chinese home. The multiyear deal kicks off with the twenty sixth season of the show, which will debut US broadcast net Fox later this month. The local version will be […]

FXX preps ‘record’ Simpsons marathon

US cable channel FXX is planning to run 25 seasons of The Simpsons back-to-back over 12 days. The Fox Networks Group-owned channel will air 552 episodes in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie, beginning on August 21 at 10am ET/PT and concluding September 1 at 12am. FXX claims this will be the “longest-running marathon in […]

FX orders Galifianakis pilot, launches FXNOW app

FX has ordered a new comedy series pilot from Zach Galifianakis. The Hangover star will star and co-write the pilot with writer-producer Louis C.K. Both will exec produce along with Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Andrea Pett-Joseph and Marc Gurvitz. This will be the first production under the recently-announced deal between FX Productions and C.K.’s production […]

Fox Intn’l rolling out second screen app

Fox International Channels is launching its companion and second screen app across Europe and Africa. The Fox Fan app was developed in-house by FIC and has already launched in several territories in Europe and Africa where FIC has channels and it is now rolling it out across the rest of both continents. The app is […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

Fox channel to launch in Hungary

Entertainment net Fox is launching in Hungarian pay TV – bringing shows such as The Simpsons, The Walking Dead and The Bridge to local audiences. The deal with pay TV platform Telekom marks the first time a Fox International Channels network has launched in Hungary. Fox will launch on February 4 with all of its […]

WOWOW: from Japan to LA to the world

Kayo Washio runs the LA office of Japanese pay TV channel operator WOWOW. She set up on the West Coast in 2010. An established buyer of US series and movies, WOWOW has just got on board its first international originals and Washio wants to reach out to the global TV community to scope out more […]

Simpsons, Family Guy to meet for first time

Characters from animated series The Simpsons and Family Guy are to unite on Fox for the first time. In an episode of Family Guy scheduled for fall next year titled ‘The Simpsons Guy’, Family Guy‘s Griffins will land in the Simpsons’ fictional home town Springfield, where the two iconic families will meet. Themes of the […]

Fox realigns domestic syndie arm

21st Century Fox has moved to bring its syndication arm Twentieth Television under the umbrella of production wing Twentieth Century Fox Television. Greg Meidel will continue to head up Twentieth Television as president, but now reports into TCFTV c-chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. He previously reported to Fox News CEO and chairman Robert Ailes, […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sarah Wright, controller of acquisitions, BSkyB

UK pay TV operator BSky is the largest UK-based buyer of US studio programming and picked up a raft of titles at last year’s LA Screenings for its Sky1 HD, Sky Living HD and Sky Atlantic channels. Sarah Wright is controller of acquisitions and as well as working across the channels is also buying studio […]