LOS ANGELES, May 22: On the Twentieth Century Fox lot Tuesday, the mood among program buyers here for the annual L.A. Screenings marathon was altogether more upbeat now that the studio has bulked up on the dramas it has to license abroad.
TOKYO, May 22: At its corporate strategy meeting today, Sony Corporation identified the key growth opportunities for its entertainment business, including focusing on feature-film franchises and ramping up its channels business, particularly in high-growth markets like India.
REDMOND, May 22: Microsoft has unveiled the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system Xbox One, which will feature exclusive content such as an original live-action series produced by Steven Spielberg based on the Halo franchise.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 22: HBO has scored the most nominations for the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, with 21 nods, followed closely by FX, which landed 19.
NEW YORK, May 22: The Spanish-language TVLatina.tv Canitec multimedia preview site features interviews with Turner's Gerhard Zeiler, VIMN The America's Sofía Ioannou and Televisa Networks' Bruce Boren, as well as an analysis of the Mexican TV market and a video report with executives from leading channels in Latin America.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 22: Ideate Media, a new venture backed by Khazanah Nasional Berhad and ASTRO Overseas, has been set up in Kuala Lumpur to invest in live-action and animated content in English, initially targeting Asian-themed stories with global appeal.
LONDON, May 22: Sharon Osbourne is making her return to ITV's The X Factor, having served as one of the original judges on the show from 2004 to 2007, joining Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
PROVO, May 22: Ancestry.com is working with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn't Entertainment on the upcoming season of Who Do You Think You Are?, which originally ran on NBC for three seasons.
LONDON, May 22: Universal Networks International has secured carriage for the flagship Universal Channel in Germany, where it will launch in September on Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Telecom.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 22: Netflix plans to make all seven half-hour episodes of the original Ricky Gervais comedy Derek available at once on September 12.
LONDON, May 22: Mentorn Media is producing an exclusive documentary for Channel 5 that features the first in-depth TV interview with Barry and June Steenkamp, the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot to death by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.
LONDON, May 22: Dominic Mitchell's drama In the Flesh is getting another season on BBC Three, following a successful three-part run earlier this year.
LONDON, May 22: Shine Australia is on board to adapt the Maverick medical format Embarrassing Bodies for Foxtel's LifeStyle YOU channel.
NEW YORK, May 22: Nickelodeon has released a nine-minute featurette for its new animated series Sanjay and Craig that is available exclusively on iTunes free of charge.
LONDON, May 22: The brand-new Channel 4 series Hollywood Me sees celebrated interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard offering unsuspecting Britons the chance to have their homes made over with a touch of Tinseltown glamor.
LONDON, May 22: Twofour Rights has sold more than 60 hours of programming, including hits such as Storage Hoarders, to broadcasters in Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.
TORONTO, May 22: Guru Studio and publishing partner Immedium are building up the presence of the hit preschool property Justin Time in North America by releasing a second book based on the brand, The Big Pet Story.
MUNICH, May 22: Production is under way on the new Rosamunde Pilcher two-parter Unknown Heart, a production from Tele München Gruppe (TMG) with Gate Film in cooperation with ZDF.
LOS ANGELES, May 22: Firefly Brand Management has been tapped by the U.S.-based Moonscoop to head up the licensing efforts on the Chloe's Closet and Sabrina Secrets of a Teenage Witch brands.
LONDON, May 22: Floppets, producers of the small pocket money toys, is creating a line of collectable accessories that feature characters from such hit shows as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants.
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.
GENEVA, May 21: The European Broadcasting Union is calling on the European Union to exclude the region's content-creation sector from its negotiations for a trade and investment partnership with the U.S.
NEW YORK, May 21: In this video interview, actress Thandie Newton, the star of the new series Rogue, sits down with World Screen Newsflash to discuss her character and the complexities woven into the show's plot.
MELBOURNE, May 21: Tim Worner has been elevated to CEO of Seven West Media, effective July 1, replacing Don Voelte.
TORONTO/LONDON, May 21: The acquisition of Alliance Films earlier this year helped boost Entertainment One's financial results for the year ended March 31, 2013, with revenues up 25 percent to £629.1 million ($994.2 million).
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.
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.
LONDON, May 21: ITV has confirmed that the 2014 cycle of Dancing on Ice will be the series' last.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: The Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Rowland and international pop star Paulina Rubio have been tapped to join the judging panel for the third season of The X Factor on FOX, alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato.
ESPOO, May 21: Jon Vitti, who has worked on such hit comedies as The Simpsons and The Office, is on board to write the screenplay for the upcoming Angry Birds 3D movie, which is slated for release in 2016.