PREMIUM, May 21: Whether the adrenaline rush of Hostages, the tug on the heartstrings of Believe, or the laugh-out-loud antics of Rebel Wilson in Super Fun Night or Allison Janney in Mom, Warner Bros.’ upcoming prime-time hopefuls appeared Monday to have considerable range—and, more importantly, resonated with foreign program buyers.
STOCKHOLM/MAINZ, May 21: ZDF Enterprises has firmed up a multi-year pact with the Swedish indie producer Tre Vänner for the development of TV projects, including new high-end Scandinavian dramas.
MELBOURNE, May 21: Tim Worner has been elevated to CEO of Seven West Media, effective July 1, replacing Don Voelte.
UNIVERSAL CITY, May 21: NBC has picked up the drama Siberia from Sierra/Engine Television and Michael Ohoven’s Infinity Films for its summer schedule.
PREMIUM, May 20: Disney opened its Burbank studio doors wide Sunday evening to welcome some 650 foreign TV program buyers for the L.A. Screenings, the Hollywood majors' first sales bazaar of the year for its new prime-time series, where Alan Horn and Anne Sweeney emphasized the company's ability to deliver "great storytelling and iconic characters."
NEW YORK, May 20: Our Spanish-language sister publication TV Latina has unveiled its digital edition for Canitec, which includes a feature on the pay-TV landscape in Mexico, as well as interviews with, among others, Turner Broadcasting System International's Gerhard Zeiler, Discovery Networks' Enrique R. Martínez, VIMN's Sofía Ioannou and Televisa Networks' Bruce Boren.
PREMIUM, May 20: Anette Romer, the head of acquisitions and formats at TV2 in Denmark, shares with us her format-licensing strategy.
LONDON, May 20: The BBC has commissioned another season of Doctor Who, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has signed the show's lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, to work on it.
UNIVERSAL CITY, May 20: Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are on board for the fifth cycle of The Voice, which kicks off on NBC this fall, though midseason will again see the return of Shakira and Usher.
BURBANK, May 20: The final unaired episodes of Don’t Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 are now available in their entirety through WATCH ABC on ABC.com, the WATCH ABC Player for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Kindle Fire, Hulu and iTunes.
LONDON, May 20: Twofour and GroupM Entertainment are producing 12 new episodes of the series The Magaluf Weekender for ITV2.
LONDON, May 20: Channel 5 has recommissioned the celebrity-focused doc series My Secret Past, which will see Louis Smith, Kerry Katona and Jennifer Ellison delving into their pasts in this all-new third season.
BURBANK, May 20: Production is under way on Star Wars Rebels, a new series for Disney XD that is based on the hit entertainment franchise.
MUNICH, May 20: Studio 100 Media has set up a dedicated film division, Studio 100 Film, which already has its first theatrical feature for international distribution, Maya the Bee: Movie.
LONDON, May 20: The new three-part history series Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome, produced by HotSauce TV for BBC Four, shines a light on how a handful of exceptional women rose to imperial power in the Roman empire.
DHAKA, May 20: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia has entered into an agreement with Creinse that sees programming from MTV being syndicated in Bangladesh.
LONDON, May 20: Registration is now open for the 2013 edition of Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), which has already signed up 200 exhibitors for the event, taking place October 15 to 17 at London's Olympia.
LONDON/TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, May 20: Entertainment One (eOne) has signed up to handle the worldwide distribution rights for the property Simon's Cat, which has been a hit on YouTube, across TV, home entertainment, licensing and online.
MILAN, May 20: Atlantyca Entertainment has inked a joint agreement with BRB Internacional and Planeta Publishing House for new products that accompany the Geronimo Stilton brand.
SHENZHEN, May 20: The Shenzhen Media Group and Shorts International, which is the parent company of ShortsHD and ShortsTV, have entered into an agreement to deliver short-form Chinese movies to TV audiences in the U.S. and Europe.
MIAMI, May 20: RedMas, the Cisneros Group's digital advertising network for the Americas, has established new hubs in Mexico and Chile.
NEW YORK, May 20: Deborah Turness, who formerly served as editor for ITV News, has been named president of NBC News.
PREMIUM, May 17: To paraphrase what the English writer Samuel Johnson purportedly said about marriage, being an indie supplier in today’s international TV market is the triumph of hope over experience. These folks don’t get a lot of love from prospective customers, and even when they do close deals, it’s not generally for the money they might have wished.
STOCKHOLM, May 17: SBS Discovery Media has purchased the Swedish channel TV11 from the TV4 Group, with the takeover scheduled to be complete June 1.
NEW YORK, May 17: The CW's Reign, a period drama about a teenage Mary, Queen of Scots, generated overwhelmingly positive comments in social media, according to research by Networked Insights.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 17: Off the back of Skyfall and The Hobbit, MGM posted first-quarter revenues of $481.7 million, more than double the amount posted in the year-ago period.
NEW YORK, May 17: In this video interview, Bob Higgins, the executive VP of FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, sits down with us to discuss the growth of the company over the last few years.
NEW YORK, May 17: After more than 40 years on CBS, coverage of the US Open is moving to ESPN in 2015, with the pay-TV sports behemoth clinching an 11-year deal for the tennis tournament.
HONG KONG/HANOI, May 17: A Vietnamese multichannel TV provider has stopped carrying more than 20 international channels, including CNN and BBC World News, as a result of confusion over the country's new pay-TV regulations.
LONDON, May 17: The number of digital TV homes in Eastern Europe will almost double between 2012 and 2018, reaching 121 million, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.