2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Özlem Özsümbül, Kanal D

Özlem Özsümbül is head of sales and acquisitons at Kanal D. With a shopping list covering series and movies, the Screenings is a key part of the year, she tells TBI. Which channel or channels are you buying content for? We have two teams for two TV stations, Kanl D and TV2   What is […]

Spielberg, Stallone attached to TNT, TBS projects

Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf and Sylvester Stallone are among the talent producing new programmes for Turner-owned US cable entertainment channels TBS and TNT. Spielberg is attached to Portal House, a scripted series about a group of young scientists who stumble upon a portal into the space-time continuum; and Peter Gunn, a re-telling of Blake Edwards […]

Syfy remains in Defiance, TNT axes Southland

US channel Syfy has greenlit a second season of its breakout sci-fi hit Defiance, while cable rival TNT has axed a pair of dramas, including critically acclaimed cop series Southland. Defiance, which follows a town in which humans attempt to live peacefully with aliens in a post-apocalyptic near future, scored Syfy’s biggest premiere ratings in […]

Time Warner channels biz up, Warner Bros. down

US media giant Time Warner’s networks business, which houses Turner Broadcasting System and HBO, posted strong revenues and earnings in its parent’s first quarter financial results. Time Warner’s networks’ business grew revenues 3% to US$3.7 billion for the three months to March 31, 2013, and operating income was up 11% to US$1.3 billion. However, declines […]

News brief: TNT returns to Dallas

US cable channel TNT has commissioned a third season of its Dallas reboot. The new 15-episode season will launch on the Turner Broadcasting System-owned network in 2014, again produced by Warner Horizon Television. The Dallas franchise returned to TV screens last year after a 21-year hiatus but recently been dealing with the loss of Larry […]

New OTT platform launches, plans Euro roll out

A new over-the-top service, Magine, has launched in Sweden this week and plans to offer a bouquet of channels for a low cost in at least five European territories before the end of the year. Unlike many of the other OTT services, Magine is not seeking to ink programming deals with the studios and other […]

Russian broadcaster buys new Turtles series

Russian general entertainment channel TNT has picked up the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. The free-to-air channel acquired the series, which launched on Nickelodeon late last year, from Viacom International Media Networks. TNT will launch the 26-episode reboot of the classic cartoon series on March 4 and strip it through the week in a […]

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 […]