Starz ups Hirsch and Weil

Starz has appointed Jeffrey Hirsch COO, handing him some of the responsibilities that sat with Glenn Curtis, who is retiring after a 20-year career at the premium cable net. Hirsch joined Starz last year from Time Warner Cable, where he was has been upped from president, global marketing and product development. At TWC he was […]

Weinsteins pick up new Julian Fellowes series

The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to Doctor Thorne, the new period drama from Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes. The series will play on ITV in the UK and TWC has taken US and Canada rights. The US firm inked a similar deal for another British drama, Peaky Blinders, which it reps in […]

Weinstein Company takes US rights to Roald Dahl series

The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to the upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl novel Esio Trot. The TV movie, which was penned by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and will star Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, is made by Endor. The UK producer is part of the Red Arrow Group, which distributes the show […]

Time Warner Cable pays tribute as former boss passes away

US MSO Time Warner Cable has paid tribute to former CEO and cable industry pioneer Glenn Britt after he passed away yesterday, aged 65. “Glenn Britt’s entrepreneurial spirit and visionary leadership inspired the cable industry and left a profound mark on Time Warner Cable,” the company said. “He was a central figure at the birth […]

US mega pay TV deals to drive M&A activity

Analysts have said the AT&T deal for DirecTV will help the merged entity mitigate the rising cost of content and could also spur further industry consolidation. US telco AT&T announced Sunday that it has agreed to buy satellite pay TV operator DirecTV for US$48.5 billion and the news followed the announcement, in February, that Comcast […]

Miramax and Weinstein pact, develop Good Will Hunting series

Miramax and The Weinstein Company have inked a wide-ranging agreement for the development, production and distribution of new TV projects and movies. The multiyear deal will include the development of Miramax movie Good Will Hunting as a TV series. TWC will sell it in the US and Miramax internationally. The same model will apply to […]

Roku adds new content and device partners

US firm Roku, maker of highly popular streaming video devices of the same name, has signed content deals with new partners including Time Warner Cable and also agreed to license its streaming service to a number of value-focused TV manufacturers such as China’s HiSense. Under the agreement with Time Warner Cable, the latter’s subscribers will […]

A&E orders Rodeo Girls series from The Weinstein Company

US cable net A&E has ordered a reality series about female rodeo competitors from The Weinstein Company. The show, Rodeo Girls, will go behind the scenes on the pro rodeo circuit. A&E has ordered a full 8x1hr series and will announce the show at its TCA press presentation later today. The show will sit alongside […]