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News brief: Turner’s Wright to lead DreamWorks Studio

Michael Wright, who is exiting his post as president of programming at Turner Broadcasting System’s entertainment channels, will take over at Steven Spielberg’s film studio DreamWorks. News broke this week Wright was exiting his programming job at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. He will now take up the CEO job at DreamWorks Studios to […]

Sky 1 looks to TNT’s Legends

UK satellite channel Sky 1 HD has acquired TNT cop drama Legends. The deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution hands the BKSyB channel exclusive UK rights to the US drama. Legends counts Homeland and 24 producer Howard Gordon among its executive producer roster. It follows Sean Bean (Game of Thrones)as an undercover agent with […]

Turner nabs SBS Discovery exec for Nordics

Turner has recruited Karin Lindström as programme director of its entertainment channels in the Nordic region. The duties covered by the role were previously handled from Turner’s London base, but Lindström will work out of Stockholm as the US company seeks to establish a stronger on-the-ground presence in the Nordic region. Lindström joins from SBS […]

Pact embarks on Russia mission amid tension, ad ban fears

UK producers association Pact will go ahead with a three-day trip to Russia amid political tensions between the country and the West and concerns an upcoming advertising ban could impact channels’ programming plans. Pact enables its members connect with broadcasters and fellow production companies internationally with missions to trade fairs, including MIPCOM, and to countries […]

Turner names Africa entertainment channels chief

Turner Broadcasting System has appointed Gulliermo Farré to the new role of head of general entertainment channels for Africa. Farré will oversee all editorial content for TBS’s channel bouquet across Africa, and the creation of the job comes as the continent becomes an increasing pay TV focus. He will also be in charge of general strategy, programming, […]

Turner overhaul continues with Koonin exit

Changes at the top of Turner Broadcasting System continue apace with Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin exiting for a new role. The 14-year Turner veteran has been named CEO of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. This hands him control of his hometown team. Koonin’s role as entertainment networks chief placed him in control of […]

Schechter launches New York prodco

Paranormal State producer Betsy Schechter has launched her own production company with a slate of projects for US cable channels. Schechter (left) – who was previously co-president of Picture Shack Entertainment (Abandoned, Staten Island Law) and is a 20-year production veteran – is president of Storyville Entertainment. She has hired National Geographic Television’s Caroline Christopher […]

News brief: Rive Gauche traces Troy Dunn’s TNT series

US distributor Rive Gauche has acquired international rights to APB with Troy Dunn, a TNT investigations-themed series. The show, which Shed Media US produces for the Turner Broadcasting System-owned TNT, follows the titular Dunn, an expert in locating missing persons, as he attempts to bring loved ones back together.

Turner hires EMEA finance boss from Time Out

Turner International has recruited Aksel van der Wal (pictured) as senior VP, finance, for its EMEA operation, TBI has learned. Van der Wal joins today from entertainment publishing business Time Out where he was global CEO. At Turner he will work across the company’s channel brands, which include news net CNN, kids offerings Cartoon Network […]

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets another TNT series

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is making another US cable series after TNT greenlit Wake Up Call (WT). The series will be made by 5×5 Media, 7 Bucks Entertainment and Electus, which also made Johnson’s other TV series The Hero, also for TNT. Electus is expected to handle international sales. The new show will feature the […]