BRUSSELS, November 21: In time for World Television Day today, a number of research organizations and industry bodies have issued a joint study on second-screen usage among viewers across Europe, noting, "Television is the social medium."
NEW YORK, November 21: After losing its Supreme Court battle last June, the video streaming service Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings.
SHANGHAI, November 21: The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) are expanding their long-term strategic relationship to include television content development, movie co-production, content distribution and co-operation in marketing initiatives.
SINGAPORE, November 21: Leslie Lee, executive director of programming, branded media and content at The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia, tells TV Kids about some of the things he'll be looking for at this year's ATF Animation Lab, a pitching event taking place at the Asia TV Forum in Singapore in December.
NEW YORK, November 21: Jérôme Alby, the managing director of Mediatoon, talks to World Screen Newsflash about what the acquisition of part of Moonscoop's assets has meant for the company, and shares his view of what buyers are looking for nowadays in the marketplace.
VANCOUVER, November 21: JAKKS Pacific, which currently serves as the global toy licensing partner for Slugterra, has renewed its contract with Nerd Corps Entertainment for the popular boys' brand.
ATHENS, November 21: The University of Georgia has issued a call for entries for the 74th George Foster Peabody Awards, which is given out each year for excellence in electronic media.
SEATTLE, November 21: The first six episodes of Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Amazon's first original live-action show for children, are now available on Prime Instant Video in the U.S.
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE, November 20: China will overtake Japan as the Asia Pacific's largest ad market in 2016, Media Partners Asia (MPA) projects in its latest report, which estimates that net advertising revenues in the region will rise 5 percent this year to top $121 billion.
LONDON, November 20: The BBC has unveiled 43.5 hours of new drama commissions, including the return of Luther and Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, with the pubcaster's director-general, Tony Hall, saying the genre "is in the lifeblood of this country and in the DNA of the BBC too."
BEVERLY HILLS, November 20: Longmire, dropped by A&E after three seasons, has been resurrected by Netflix, which ordered ten new episodes for its platforms in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
NEW YORK, November 20: For the 13th year in a row, World Screen has produced The International Emmy Almanac for the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
TORONTO, November 20: Canadian SVOD service shomi has licensed a slate of features from The Walt Disney Studios as well as shows from ABC, ABC Family and ABC Studios.
NEW YORK, November 20: Actor Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel, discuss the upcoming comedy series that they co-created and star in, Schitt's Creek, which is being sold by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
ARLINGTON, November 20: PBS's winter/spring season will include an expanded Sunday night drama lineup in 2015 with 20 new Masterpiece hours, including Grantchester, Wolf Hall, Poldark, Indian Summers and a new season of Mr Selfridge.
HALIFAX/LOS ANGELES/LONDON, November 20: DHX Media has picked up the rights for a library of family-friendly shows, movies and TV specials from Echo Bridge Entertainment and its subsidiaries.
LOS ANGELES, November 20: Japan's Mitsui & Co. has taken a minority stake in FactoryMade Ventures, a Los Angeles-based outfit that incubates media and entertainment businesses.
LONDON, November 20: Zodiak Rights has entered into a first-look agreement with Stirling Television, building upon a distribution deal for the Northern Ireland producer's dancing series Jigs & Wigs.
LONDON, November 20: Entertainment One (eOne) Family has signed a slew of international broadcast agreements totaling more than 100 hours of kids' programming, including Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
LONDON, November 20: BBC Two has unveiled a new season of factual titles spotlighting the lives of the "super rich" and the impact they're having on the U.K.
LONDON, November 20: Sky Vision has signed an exclusive development and distribution pact with U.K. indie Chalkboard TV for new entertainment and factual entertainment shows, and has appointed an ex-Sony Pictures Television exec as director of comedy and drama.
SILVER SPRING, November 20: Discovery Communications has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for the TNA Impact Wrestling professional league, with content due out on the Destination America channel starting in January.
LONDON, November 20: ITV has commissioned Shiver, ITV Studios’ factual division, to produce a slate of new shows for broadcast in 2015, including two more The Nation’s Favourite… specials.
TORONTO, November 20: Corus Entertainment is slated to launch TV Everywhere apps for its successful children's channels Treehouse, YTV and TELETOON.
LONDON, November 20: Cirkus, an on-demand service delivering British content, launched in Norway today on pay-TV platform GET.
CARDIFF, November 20: Welsh broadcaster S4C is set to air a standalone episode of its drama Hinterland (Y Gwyll) on January 1, ahead of that series’ second-season premiere.
BURBANK, November 20: Seeking to expand its music capabilities, FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has appointed Daryl Berg to the newly created role of VP and head of music.
AMSTERDAM, November 20: Indie distributor Lineup Industries has inked several international deals for the format The Bully Project, which uses hidden cameras to tackle the issue of bullying.
TREVISO, November 20: The exclusive rights for Gruppo Alcuni's new animated feature film Pet Pals in Windland have been acquired by International Production Associates (IPA) for Japan.
SYDNEY, November 19: Australia's commercial broadcasters are taking issue with the increased ad-time limits being granted to SBS following new budget cuts for the country's pubcasters.
LOS GATOS, November 19: Netflix has confirmed its plans to expand to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
TORONTO, November 19: Announcing Entertainment One's results for the six months ended September 30, 2014, CEO Darren Throop said that with the strategy in place for the key pillars of film, TV, family and digital, the goal is to double the size of the company in the next five years.
LOS ANGELES, November 19: FX is set to air the BBC One-commissioned drama Taboo, a new series from Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy and Steven Knight with a tentative debut slated for mid-2016.
LONDON, November 19: ITV Studios Global Entertainment has licensed a slate of drama and factual titles to Netflix for its platforms in France, Germany and the Benelux.
NEW YORK, November 19: Michael MacMillan, co-founder and CEO of Blue Ant Media, shares with World Screen Newsflash his vision for the Canadian media company.
TORONTO, November 19: Jenna Bourdeau, a former Proper Rights exec, has been named the senior director of acquisitions for Canada’s pubcaster CBC.
PARIS, November 19: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is expanding its portfolio of networks in France to 18 with the launch of Nickelodeon 4Teen on CanalSat and Numericable.
LOS ANGELES, November 19: Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to Difficult People, a series from Universal Cable Productions (UCP), exec produced by Amy Poehler.
NEW YORK, November 19: Oxygen is targeting "young, multicultural women" with four new additions to its development slate, including one in which ballet dancer Misty Copeland mentors aspiring dancers.
SINGAPORE, November 19: Scripps Networks Interactive's HGTV will make its Asian debut on December 4 with an HD rollout on StarHub in Singapore.
LONDON, November 19: Duncan Walker has been tapped to fill the newly created post of COO at ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and Rest of the World (ROW), reporting to managing director Maria Kyriacou.
ATLANTA, November 19: TBS has ordered a 22-episode new season of Twentieth Century Fox Television's animated comedy American Dad!, which began airing on the channel last month after broadcasting on FOX since 2005.
BURBANK, November 19: Disney Junior has ordered a second season of Sheriff Callie's Wild West, an action-packed Western series for preschoolers.
LONDON, November 19: ITV has commissioned Plimsoll Productions to produce Big Family Mansion, a reality show that sees multi-generational family members living together under one roof.
TORONTO, November 19: As part of an expanding content strategy, Corus Entertainment has revealed a slate of original company-owned reality series currently in development for 2014/15.