Turner Broadcasting System

Bewkes extends Time Warner term

Jeff Bewkes will remain chairman and CEO of US media giant Time Warner until at least 2020. Having taken up his current post in 2009, he has signed a three-year extension to his existing contract at the company, which counts Turner Broadcasting System, Warner Bros. Entertainment and HBO as its key entertainment assets. Bewkes has […]

McCann exits Nick UK, new GM installed

Tina McCann is exiting Nickelodeon UK as part of a “management handover” that sees VP, editorial Alison Bakunowich named general manager. McCann has been Nick UK’s managing director for the past five-and-a-half years, but is exiting to resume work as a freelance executive coach and media consultant. Bakunowich takes up her new role in March, […]

NonStop, Submarine launch doc distributor

The newly-independent NonStop Entertainment and US film vendor Submarine have partnered to create a documentary distribution company. Scandinavia-based NonStop Submarine will between 10 and 15 docs per year theatrically, and sell digital, TV, DVD and streaming rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The firm will also […]

Time Warner may extend SVOD holdback window

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has indicated his media giant may begin holding back key programming from subscription on-demand platforms. The move to extend linear broadcasts to “a multiyear period more consistent with traditional syndication” is a clear attempt to keep viewers on Time Warner’s traditional channels by withdrawing sought-after programming from the SVOD space. […]

Turner poaches Studio 100 exec for CEE

Turner Broadcasting System has poached a Studio 100 Media executive to become its programming director of entertainment for the central and eastern Europe region. Alexander Goethal (pictured) will oversee acquisitions, linear and non-linear programming and dubbing for Turner entertainment channels TNT Series, TNT Film and TNT Glitz in German-speaking territories, as well as TNT in […]

Turner greenlights ‘biggest’ Korean toon copro

Turner Broadcasting System has greenlit its biggest Korean-made animation project for its kids channels in Asia and the EMEA region. Synergy Media and Studio Goindol will coproduce Beat Monsters with Turner. The Korea Creative Content Agency is providing development assistance. The comedy will be a 52x2mins short, with additional ‘micro-shorts’ also commissioned, with each episode […]

Aussie pay TV content spend nears A$800m

Australian pay TV content investment hit A$796 million (US$560.1 million) in 2014/15, new figures show. The record spend was reflective of “the unprecedented desire of Australian audiences to watch Australian stories”, according to Andrew Maiden, CEO of Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, which released the data. The figure included a record A$25 million in […]

Turner, Burnett test wearable tech inventors

Turner Broadcasting System, IT firm Intel and unscripted producer Mark Burnett are jointly working on a multiplatform reality series that aims to find the new big wearable technology. America’s Greatest Makers (WT) follows on from Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable’ challenge from last year, and will run in long-form on the TBS cable channel and short-form […]

Turner buys majority stake in iStreamPlanet

Turner Broadcasting System has bought a majority stake in live video streaming company iStreamPlanet, a major cloud investment that will see it “develop new products and services”. Announcing the deal, Turner said that it will use iStreamPlanet’s technology to deliver its OTT programming and shift the firm’s “core technology infrastructure to the cloud”, a move many […]

News brief: Boomerang boards Dinosaur Train

The Latin American feed of Turner Broadcasting kids channel Boomerang has acquired Dinosaur Train from The Jim Henson Company. The show, which has been licensed into more than 200 territories globally, will launch on Boomerang Latin America on August 10. “First introduced to audiences in Latin America five years ago, Dinosaur Train has demonstrated tremendous […]