Zodiak takes two US cable series

Zodiak Rights has acquired international rights to two US cable series. The distributor, part of Zodiak Media, has picked up T Group Productions’ In The Big House and Handbook Productions’ US version of UK-originated format A Place In The Sun. In The Big House is a 8x30mins series for Viacom’s LGBT-focused channel LOGO. It follows […]

Liberty and Starz complete split

John Malone’s Liberty Media and US cable network Starz have completed their planned split.   Liberty had previously announced its intention to spin off Starz. The process was finalised last Friday and the two are now separately traded public companies and will be trading as such on the US Nasdaq exchange from the start of […]

Comedy Central takes Facebook series to TV

Comedy Central in Italy will start showing web series [email protected] on its linear channel early this year. The property started out life on Facebook and was launched on the social network last January. [email protected] follows Melissa and Omar, two “friends with benefits”, as they negotiate the world of online dating. A new series will debut […]

Viacom promotes Wade Davis to CFO

Viacom has promoted Wade Davis to chief financial officer, replacing Jimmy Barge. Davis, who was previously executive vice president, strategy and corporate development, was responsible for overseeing the company’s acquisition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand as well as its joint ventures including Indian broadcaster Viacom18 and US cable network Epix. He will now […]

Turtle Power

Viacom acquired the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment in late 2009 for US$60 million and the resulting new TV series debuted on September 29 on Nick in the US with a two-episode double-header. When Ciro Nieli found out Nickelodeon had bought the Turtles he knocked on their door with […]

Spike TV offers $10m to find Bigfoot

US cable network Spike TV is offering a $10 million prize to anyone who finds Bigfoot in its new reality series 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has teamed with Lloyd’s of London, who will underwrite the amount, to offer the largest cash prize in television history. The show is latest Bigfoot discovery […]

UK multichannel operators programming spend hits £2.2 billion

The main providers of commercial digital channels in the UK spent a cumulative £2.2 billion on content last year, according to new research. Oliver & Ohlbaum’s Economic Impact Report for COBA, the industry body for UK-based multichannel operators, breaks down the programming spend of the group’s membership, which includes Discovery, BSkyB, Fox International Channels, NBCUniversal, […]

UK multichannel programming spend rockets to £623 million

Commercial multichannel broadcasters spent £623 million on content last year, a 31% year-on-year increase. A report compiled by Oliver & Ohlbaum for the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) showed that investment in original first-run programming increased sharply last year, as did money spent on acquisitions of finished shows. Many multichannel broadcasters, notably BSkyB, have upped their […]

Hoho Rights poaches Danielle Davies from Viacom

Kids distributor Hoho Rights has hired Danielle Davies as head of sales and acquisitions. She joins from Viacom where she is acting sales director. She will oversee all of Hoho’s sales activities and the acquisition of third-party shows. Prior to Viacom, Davies was senior VP, sales, DCD Rights and has also worked at 3DD, Action […]

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