PREMIUM, March 6: Roberto Irineu Marinho, the chairman and CEO of Grupo Globo, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the businesses and values he inherited from his father, and the company’s core principles he remains faithful to as he continually searches for growth opportunities.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 6: Netflix has ordered the drama series The OA from Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content to premiere exclusively in all territories where the service is available in 2016.
LONDON, March 6: The new drama Battle Creek, which comes from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House M.D.'s David Shore, has been sold into more than 100 territories around the world, covering Europe, the Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America.
PARIS, March 6: As part of a new four-year deal, pan-European network Eurosport is slated to broadcast Major League Soccer (MLS) matches across most of its territories starting this month.
PARIS, March 6: BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank and producer Michael Shamberg are lined up to deliver a joint keynote at the MIP Digital Fronts.
NEW YORK, March 6: Brian Robbins, the founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV, is set to receive the 2015 Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy Awards.
OTTAWA, March 6: Canada’s CTV has begun production on a new reality series pilot, Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, which gives entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true through the help of consumers.
LONDON, March 6: Sky Vision, the distribution arm of Sky, has sold the adventure titles Walking the Nile and Xtreme Endurance to more than 40 territories around the world.
SHERMAN OAKS, March 6: GRB Entertainment has licensed a number of lifestyle series, including Top Travel, to broadcasters in the Netherlands, Italy, Africa and the U.S.
TEL AVIV, March 6: Keshet International has appointed Sebastian Burkhardt, most recently the senior VP of international distribution at Banijay International, as head of business development and acquisitions.
TORONTO, March 6: DHX Television has commissioned a 52x11-minute season of Fangbone!, a new animated comedy based on the graphic novels penned by Michael Rex, from Radical Sheep Productions.
TORONTO, March 6: W Network is set to launch Cameron's House Rules, a new digital series led by Game of Homes' Cameron Mathison that is produced by Great Pacific Media and Hodgee Films, and developed in association with W Network.
SILVER SPRING/LOS ANGELES, March 6: A new season of Hasbro Studios’ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is due out on Discovery Family next month.
NEW YORK, March 6: Sergi Reitg, the CEO of Imira Entertainment, discusses the latest developments at the Spanish company.
PREMIUM, March 5: World Screen Newsflash talks with Ynon Kreiz, the CEO of Maker Studios, which is the largest content network on YouTube, representing 55,000 creators whose short-form videos attract some 11 billion views each month and more than 650 million subscribers.
LUXEMBOURG, March 5: RTL Group’s digital revenue continued to show dynamic growth in 2014, though overall revenue for the group was relatively flat for the full year.
OTTAWA, March 5: Bell Media's SVOD service CraveTV has ordered its first original Canadian series, the half-hour comedy Letterkenny.
NEW YORK, March 5: Prentiss Fraser, the senior VP, head of global content sales for FOX International Channels (FIC), recently met with World Screen Newsflash to discuss the strengths of the combined scripted and unscripted offerings within FIC's Content Sales division.
NEW YORK, March 5: A+E Studios has entered into a multiyear first-look development deal with the screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst, the creator of the hit drama series Vikings.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 5: Following their successful collaboration on the documentary Virunga, Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way have agreed to partner on upcoming docs and docuseries as part of a first-look pact.
BEIJING, March 5: The Chinese Internet television outfit Youku Tudou has created two new business units, one of which will be dedicated to producing original TV dramas and web-native content, along with appointing Edward Su as its COO.
LONDON, March 5: National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and Channel 4 have co-commissioned a new daredevil stunt series from Nerd TV, fronted by comedic duo Tim Shaw and Buddy Munro.
MUNICH, March 5: Red Arrow International has picked up the Danish reality format Real Men in an agreement that includes the worldwide format and finished-tape rights outside of Denmark.
SANTA MONICA, March 5: Nickelodeon has renewed the live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs and The Thundermans for second and third seasons, respectively.
LONDON, March 5: UKTV has co-produced the wildlife factual series Nigel Marven’s Cruise Ship Adventures for its pay entertainment channel Watch.
MIAMI, March 5: Scripps Networks Interactive has launched Food Network on DIRECTV across Latin America.
TORONTO, March 5: Tricon Films & Television is producing the new E! series Spun Out, which provides a look at the popular exercise phenomenon of spinning.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, March 5: Starting this fall, FOX stations in several U.S. cities are due to air Comedy Central’s popular web-clip series Tosh.0.
LONDON/TORONTO, March 5: Beyond Distribution has acquired Hockey Wives: Married to the Game, a reality documentary series that the company plans to present to the international market at next month's MIPTV.
SYDNEY, March 5: The second season of the Australian preschool show Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, starring the popular singing troupe The Wiggles, is set to make its U.S. debut exclusively on Hulu.
LONDON, March 5: DRG has inked exclusive first-look deals with three British indies, all aimed at boosting its drama development roster.
SÃO PAULO/NEW YORK, March 5: SPI International has been granted approval from Brazil's regulatory body Ancine to make nine FilmBox brand channels available in the country's pay-TV market.
MANILA, March 5: ABS-CBN Corporation has elevated Carlo Katigbak to the role of chief operating officer, after having previously served as its head of Access.
TORONTO, March 5: Breakthrough Entertainment has hired Craig McGillivray as VP of distribution, a title he previously held at Peacock Alley Entertainment.
NEW YORK/SINGAPORE, March 5: A+E Networks has upped Pooja Nirmal Kant to director of international content sales for Asia.
LOS ANGELES, March 5: Saban Brands has hired Zofia Karpinska as its director of distribution for emerging markets, a newly created role.
LONDON, March 4: ITV reported strong revenue growth for 2014, with pre-tax profit up 23 percent to £712 million ($1.09 billion) and a 6 percent gain in net ad revenue.
BEIJING, March 4: Alibaba Group Holding has invested 2.4 billion yuan ($382.67 million) in Beijing Enlight Media, a TV program producer.
LOS ANGELES, March 4: In a recent survey of media consumption behaviors of viewers 13 to 24, DEFY Media has found that the Internet is the dominant platform of choice for Millennials, who report that digital delivers more relatable and entertaining programming.
TEL AVIV, March 4: NBC has commissioned a first season of I Can Do That!, a prime-time entertainment format from the Armoza Formats catalogue.
PARIS, March 4: MIPTV has lined up a number of keynotes, sessions and panels dedicated to exploring the latest advancements in 4K/Ultra HD.
STOCKHOLM, March 4: Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, who has been serving as the senior VP of acquisitions and programming at MTG for the last six years, has been elevated to the executive VP post within that segment.
NEW YORK, March 4: Spike TV has partnered with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's $7 Bucks Productions for a development deal to create and produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.
SILVER SPRING, March 4: Media industry veteran Marc Graboff is joining Discovery Communications as president of global business and legal affairs, production management and studios.
STOCKHOLM, March 4: Endemol Shine Group has reshaped its Nordic businesses to form Endemol Shine Nordics, with the combined operations representing the largest production group in the region.