LOS ANGELES, May 22: Mad Men is no more, so get ready for Mad Dogs—this latter show apparently has bite with international program buyers; further, it's emblematic of the changes sweeping the international TV biz.
NEW YORK, May 22: Wrapping up its analysis of social-media buzz following the network Upfronts, The WIT reveals that the midseason replacements DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment are The CW’s most anticipated new series.
SANTA MONICA/VANCOUVER, May 22: Lionsgate reported net income of $19.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, a decline of nearly 60 percent from the year-ago period.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 22: Netflix has picked up A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola, for a December launch in all its territories.
TORONTO, May 22: CTV has secured a number of new U.S. series for its 2015-16 schedule, among them the conspiracy drama Quantico and Greg Berlanti's mystery thriller Blindspot.
SYDNEY, May 22: Australia’s Seven Network is beefing up its commitment to delivering major live sporting events, launching a "40 Days of Sports" initiative that will include free dedicated apps and an expanded streaming presence.
NEW YORK, May 22: Jean-Philippe Randisi, the CEO of Zodiak Kids, and Michael Carrington, the CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios, sat down with World Screen Newsflash to discuss the newly formed Zodiak Kids Studios venture.
LONDON, May 22: Following the launch this month of BBC First in the Netherlands, BBC Worldwide will roll out the channel in Belgium on June 4.
NEW YORK, May 22: Hans Ulrich Stoef, the CEO of m4e, talks to World Screen Newsflash about how the company has set itself on a path to becoming a European powerhouse in kids' entertainment.
NEW YORK, May 22: Fuse Media, which owns U.S. networks Fuse and NUVOtv, has inked a multiyear production agreement with comedian Gabriel Iglesias for the development of several new original titles.
CANNES, May 22: As part of a push to expand its TV division, Ealing Studios has secured a significant stake in production outfit GreenAcre Films.
TEL AVIV, May 22: Turkish broadcaster ATV has ordered a local version of The People's Choice, a prime-time entertainment show from the Armoza Formats catalogue.
EL SEGUNDO, May 22: DIRECTV is releasing a kids’ app aimed at children 5 to 10 offering family-friendly TV shows and movies from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, Starz, Sprout and more.
LONDON, May 22: BBC One has commissioned a third season of Count Arthur Strong, a comedy series created by and starring Steve Delaney.
PARIS/DUBLIN, May 22: Rebellion, a five-part drama produced by Zodiak Media Ireland and Touchpaper Television in association with Element Pictures, is slated for broadcast on RTÉ One.
HILVERSUM, May 22: Dutch digital channel RTL Telekids, part of the RTL Nederlands bouquet, has launched an e-book platform geared toward three different age ranges.
LONDON, May 22: Boj, a popular CBeebies series from Pesky Productions, has landed licensing agreements that will see the Australian character appear in magazines from Redan Publishing, Immediate Publishing and Kennedy Publishing.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: A single four-letter word has been on the lips of international buyers and Hollywood sellers all week during the L.A. Screenings marathon: SVOD.
NEW YORK, May 21: CBS’s Supergirl reigns supreme as the buzziest new show of the 2015-2016 season, The WIT reports in its latest analysis of social media indicators following last week’s network Upfronts.
NEW YORK, May 21: Anna Carugati, the group editorial director of World Screen, reflects on the legacy of late-night host David Letterman, whose final show aired on CBS last night.
PREMIUM, May 21: Cathy Payne, the CEO of Endemol Shine International, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the catalogue of 38,000 hours of scripted and unscripted programming that she oversees.
LONDON, May 21: Channel 4 has purchased an equity stake in the production company Voltage TV, which was founded by former heads of Dragonfly Film and TV.
LONDON, May 21: The combined reach of international BBC content, both news and entertainment, for the 2014-15 year is a weekly global audience of 308 million people.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: Canada's CTV has acquired the 13-episode event series Zoo from CBS Studios International to air this summer.
NEW YORK, May 21: Herb Scannell has decided to step down as president of BBC Worldwide North America, with Ann Sarnoff, currently COO, taking over.
WARSAW, May 21: Michal Kozicki has been promoted from sales director to president of HBO Poland.
NEW YORK, May 21: EPIX has added to its roster of original scripted programming with two new series: Graves, from Lionsgate Television, and Berlin Station, from Paramount Television.
LONDON, May 21: Sky is dramatically expanding its on-demand library of kids' shows, increasing the number of episodes offered from 700 to around 4,000.
LONDON, May 21: MTV has announced five new series commissions, including three brand-new additions to its U.K. and international schedules: Car Crash Couples, Judge Geordie and Hire Me (working title).
SUNNYVALE, May 21: Several titles from The Walt Disney Studios, including Marvel and Pixar films, have been licensed to Kaleidescape for its Alto movie player.
LONDON, May 21: U.K.-based producer and distributor Power has sold a number of action titles to broadcasters around the world.
SINGAPORE/LONDON/AMSTERDAM, May 21: Endemol Shine Group has announced the launch of Endemol Beyond Asia, the company's first Asian hub, which will be based in Singapore.
TORONTO, May 21: Tricon Films & Television has sold the comedy specials Erik Rivera: I'm No Expert and Gina Brillon: Pacifically Speaking, from Levity Entertainment Group (LEG), to a number of digital platforms in the U.S.
LONDON, May 21: CNBC and OSN have renewed their channel distribution deal, which now also includes online viewing.
NEW YORK, May 21: Mattel has released a new app featuring the title character from the children’s show Fireman Sam.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: After expanding its collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures by signing a new three-title agreement, Animal Logic is setting up a second animation studio in Vancouver, Canada.
MADRID, May 21: Xelo Montesinos has been appointed general manager of Cuarzo Producciones in Spain.
LOS ANGELES, May 20: The buzz at CBS Studios Tuesday morning didn't settle on any single series; rather, the good vibe centered on much less sexy a thing but a thing nonetheless crucial to international program buyers: stability.
NEW YORK, May 20: Bill Prady’s Muppets revival topped the social-media buzz charts for ABC’s upcoming fall season, according to new analysis from The WIT.
LUXEMBOURG, May 20: Altice is set to acquire a 70 percent stake in the U.S. cable operator Suddenlink, in a deal that values the company at $9.1 billion.
LONDON, May 20: The number of digital TV homes globally is expected to rise by 180 percent between 2010 and 2020, with the Asia-Pacific region driving much of this growth, according to new figures from Digital TV Research.
NEW YORK, May 20: Richard Plepler, the chairman and CEO of HBO, is being honored with the 2015 International Emmy Directorate Award, which he will accept on November 23 in New York City.
NEW YORK, May 20: Spotify is looking to evolve into a full 24-hour entertainment destination, adding original videos and content from such companies as VICE, ABC, BBC, NBC and Comedy Central to its service, which already includes music.
NEW YORK, May 20: Anthony Geffen, founder and CEO of Atlantic Productions, talks to World Screen Newsflash about his view on the future of factual production and its interplay with technology.
SINGAPORE, May 20: A+E Networks Asia has launched HISTORY Plus, which features short-form videos from the HISTORY channel, on the OTT platform 4ME.