LONDON, July 30: Driven in part by its broadcast of this year's World Cup, British commercial broadcaster ITV saw its revenues for the first half of the year rise by 7 percent to £1.2 billion ($2 billion), with pre-tax adjusted profit up 16 percent to £312 million ($527 million).
PARIS, July 30: Media mogul Simon Cowell is being honored as the Personality of the Year at MIPCOM, where he will give a keynote interview in the Grand Auditorium on Monday, October 13.
LONDON, July 30: Over-the-top TV revenues across Asia Pacific are expected to rise to $10.2 billion in 2020, up from $2.7 billion last year, with ad-supported platforms leading the charge, according to Digital TV Research.
DALLAS, July 30: Netflix has agreed to pay AT&T for a direct connection to its network, a move that is meant to ensure the smooth delivery of streaming video.
PARIS, July 30: The French media regulator Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has rejected requests from TF1, M6 and CANAL+ to switch three channels from pay TV to free-to-air.
NEW YORK, July 30: Roberto Irineu Marinho, the chairman and CEO of Globo Group of Companies, is to receive the 2014 International Emmy Directorate Award.
NEW YORK, July 30: Nick Thorogood, the senior VP of content and marketing for the U.K. and EMEA at Scripps Networks International, talks about the “great performers, passionate travelers and talented chefs” he’s looking for to front Scripps’ EMEA commissions, and offers up some tips for producers aiming to land a commission on the channels he oversees.
GLENDALE, July 30: DreamWorks Animation reported a loss of $15.4 million for the second quarter, compared to a prior-year profit of $22.3 million.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: IM Global has established a TV production and distribution operation, IM Global Television, which is led by former Syfy president Mark Stern.
SINGAPORE, July 30: Universal Networks International's female-skewing DIVA channel in Asia is set to launch a weekday two-hour programming block featuring telenovelas from Telemundo.
SANTA MONICA, July 30: Nickelodeon has greenlit the new live-action comedy 100 Things to Do Before High School, which comes from Big Time Rush creator and executive producer Scott Fellows.
NEW YORK, July 30: TV Land has ordered ten episodes of The Gaffigan Show, a single-camera sitcom from Peter Tolan and Jim Gaffigan.
SANTA MONICA, July 30: VH1 is going for a third season of Hit the Floor, set in the dramatic world of basketball cheerleading.
LONDON, July 30: The U.K.’s Channel 5 has commissioned the factual series Marston’s Brewery: One Ale of a Job, set for a September premiere.
SILVER SPRING, July 30: Two new shows are set for Destination America, the three-part Swamp Monsters and the six-part Monsters Underground.
NEW YORK, July 30: Online video platform DramaFever is set to add six international animated series from Millimages and CPE Cartoons onto its DramaFever Kids channel, including the Chinese show Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf.
BOGOTÁ, July 30: Honduran broadcaster Televicentro has picked up Caracol TV Internacional’s drama The Dark Widow.
SÃO PAULO, July 30: Globo’s International Emmy-winning telenovela Side by Side has landed in Costa Rica, airing on the Teletica network.
TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, July 30: Industry veteran Frank Saperstein, who has held posts at Entertainment One and Blueprint Entertainment, is joining Tricon Films & Television as its executive VP of kids, family and animation.
SAN DIEGO/HONG KONG, July 30: Lawless Entertainment and Dina Asia Pacific Co., which represent the Suzy’s Zoo brand, have signed Teammate Hong Kong as a licensee in Hong Kong and Macau.
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, July 29: Pay-TV channels delivering local and regional content in Asia are poised to benefit in the years ahead, according to a new report, while those delivering acquired overseas content, particularly English-language general entertainment, will be "under pressure" as nonlinear, on-demand services proliferate.
VIENNA/ZURICH, July 29: Liberty Global is bringing together its operations in Austria and Switzerland, which will be overseen by Eric Tveter, currently the managing director of upc cablecom.
HILVERSUM, July 29: The Talpa format The Voice continues to sell widely around the globe, entering new markets such as India and Croatia.
MADRID, July 29: RTVE’s administrative council has approved a new management structure at Televisión Española (TVE), which includes a merged area dubbed Contenidos y Antena, led by Francisco Díaz Ujados, while Ignacio Gómez-Acebo will become the director of strategic planning for programming and production at TVE.
NEW YORK, July 29: Ahmet Ziyalar, the managing director of ITV-Inter Medya, talks about key titles in the company's catalogue and discusses the adaptations required to make Turkish dramas work in the international marketplace.
UNIVERSAL CITY, July 29: USA Network has given a pilot pickup to Colony (working title), from creator and executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Ryan Condal (Hercules).
LONDON, July 29: The CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been sold by Endemol Worldwide Distribution to Digiturk in Turkey.
LONDON, July 29: The FremantleMedia-developed format Master Athletes has landed a commission from Swedish national broadcaster SVT, which ordered a ten-episode version that will air under the local title Athlets.
GLENDALE, July 29: DreamWorks Animation has bolstered its executive team with the addition of former Disney exec Mark Zoradi as COO, while promoting Ann Daly to president and expanding the remit of Lew Coleman to include the post of vice chairman.
BURBANK, July 29: The Walt Disney Company has named Paul Candland to the newly created post of president for Asia, giving him oversight of the company's operations in Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Greater China.