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Universal Channel buys The Closer spin-off Major Crimes

Universal Channel has acquired exclusive UK television rights to The Closer spin-off  Major Crimes, from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Originally created for TNT in the US, Major Crimes debut episode attracted a total of 9.5 million viewers, setting a record as US basic cable’s most-watched series launch ever. The show went on to become […]

Russia’s TNT buys Moonscoop’s Code Lyoko

Russian  free-to-air network TNT has acquired animated kids series Code Lyoko. The Russian broadcaster has picked up the first two seasons of Code Lyoko and will strip the show through the week. Moonscoop, which distributes the show, added that Code Lyoko toys will also launch in Russia for the first time following the TNT deal. […]

Turner slashing its European workforce

Turner Broadcasting System announced this morning that it will reduce the headcount across its EMEA operations by 30%. TBS employs about 900 people across the region and about 250 positions will go following today’s news. The swingeing cuts follow a review of operations by Gerhard Zeiler, who became president of TBS International last year. He […]

Netflix snags Cartoon Network and Adult Swim toons

Netflix has secured a raft of grown-up and kids animated titles after inking a deal with Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting  and Warner Bros. Television Group. It gives Netflix US rights to shows from Turner’s Cartoon Network and Adult Swim cable nets. The titles from Cartoon Network are: Adventure Time, Ben 10 (pictured), Regular Show and […]

UK entrepreneur Peter Jones gets US cable show

UK businessman and Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones is making business makeover show for US cable network TNT called Save Our Business (WT). The reality show will see the telecoms entrepreneur travel across the US attempting to save small businesses that are struggling. Each week, in the six-episode series, Jones will assess the major problems […]

Amazon inks Prime streaming deal with Warner Bros.

Amazon has inked a deal with Warner Bros. for content that it can stream on its Prime Instant Video service. The agreement gives Amazon US streaming rights to two TNT scripted series: Falling Skies and The Closer. The licensing agreement for sci-fi drama Falling Skies and procedural The Closer was inked between Amazon and Turner […]

M6 demands €100m compensation for loss of bonus channel

French commercial broadcaster M6 is planning to make a claim for €100 million from the French state in compensation for the loss of the so-called bonus digital-terrestrial channel promised to it at the time of the country’s digital switchover, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, M6 will send […]

Turner’s EMEA staff at risk of redundancy as Gerhard Zeiler’s restructuring gets underway

Turner Broadcasting’s international boss Gerhard Zeiler has appointed a five-strong management team that will conduct a wide-ranging review of its business. All of Turner’s UK staff are involved in a consultation and Turner said it expects redundancies and other adjustments to its operations. The organisational review affects all of EMEA, although the consultation process is […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

Ben Silverman’s Electus and The Rock looking for a hero for TNT

Ben Silverman’s Electus is making a reality competition show for US cable network TNT, The Hero. The eight-episode series will be fronted and exec produced by actor and wrestler The Rock and debut on TNT next summer. In the show, ten ordinary people live together in a house and are assigned  missions that set out […]