PREMIUM, March 27: Cecile Frot-Coutaz, the CEO of FremantleMedia, talks about the high demand for drama, trends in the formats business and the company’s growing children’s programming slate.
LONDON, March 27: Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached a deal with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands.
LOS ANGELES, March 27: Rod Perth, president and CEO of NATPE, has extended his contract through February 2016, at which time he will join its board of directors to continue his engagement with the organization.
NEW YORK/TORONTO, March 27: HISTORY has given the go-ahead to a fourth season of Vikings, the hit scripted series created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors).
NEW YORK, March 27: Pierre Sissmann, the chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios, shares with World Screen Newsflash some of the new developments at the company, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
TEL AVIV, March 27: Armoza Formats is collaborating with Israeli production company Abot Hameiri on the new prime-time cooking competition Yum Factor, which will be introduced at next month's MIPTV.
BURBANK/NEW YORK, March 27: Disney Junior has optioned the rights for the best-selling book series Fancy Nancy, which will be developed into an original animated TV movie and series launching in 2017.
LONDON, March 27: Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered 21st and 22nd seasons of the music game show The Lyrics Board.
TORONTO, March 27: This MIPTV, Breakthrough Entertainment is set to introduce the hour-long documentary Sticks and Stones, which takes a look at the winter sport of curling.
TORONTO, March 27: Peace Point Rights has placed more than 120 hours of factual programming, including Food Truck Face Off, with broadcasters around the globe.
BURBANK, March 27: Tomorrow, Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards is set to simulcast for the first time across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and TV Land, as well as live stream on Nick’s website and app.
LONDON, March 27: ABC Australia has nabbed Inside the Commons, a four-part political documentary series set to air this month.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 27: Emmy-winning producer and former Hub Network chief Margaret Loesch has joined Genius Brands International’s board of directors.
NEW YORK, March 26: The digital editions of the World Screen Guide and the TV Formats Guide are now available.
PREMIUM, March 26: Paul Telegdy, the president of alternative and late night programming at NBC Entertainment, shares with World Screen Newsflash how he is scouting for the best new concepts on the global market while also making sure that his returning series continue to deliver, season after season.
LONDON, March 26: Carnival Films and ITV have confirmed that the sixth season of Downton Abbey will be its last.
UNTERFÖHRING, March 26: Brian Sullivan, the chief executive of Sky Deutschland, is planning to exit the role as of June 24 to return to the U.S.
NEW YORK, March 26: VICE will have a branded channel on HBO's upcoming stand-alone streaming service, as part of an expanded content deal between the two announced today.
LONDON, March 26: Channel 4 has made a new investment from its £20 million ($29.7 million) Growth Fund, purchasing a minority stake in the indie Renowned Films.
NEW YORK, March 26: Rola Bauer, the CEO and partner of Tandem Productions, discusses the company's new arrangement with STUDIOCANAL, which she says gives Tandem the ability to develop and produce much faster than it could before.
UNIVERSAL CITY, March 26: NBC has given a six-episode order for the new man vs. nature adventure series The Island, which features renowned survivalist Bear Grylls.
LONDON, March 26: Spike is due to debut in the U.K. on April 15, launching with a lineup of British commissions and U.S. titles such as Breaking Bad.
LONDON, March 26: all3media international has signed new broadcast agreements for Brokenwood Mysteries, a detective drama series produced by New Zealand's South Pacific Pictures.
LOS ANGELES, March 26: Rive Gauche Television has sold more than 1,000 hours of programming, including the adventure travel series Born to Explore, to broadcasters worldwide.
UNIVERSAL CITY, March 26: NBCUniversal International Television Production has signed a one-year first-look deal with the U.K. writing team Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton, working under their film and TV production banner 87 Films.
TORONTO, March 26: Tricon Films & Television has secured agreements for the Kim Cattrall dramedy Sensitive Skin with Tele München Group for Germany, including German-speaking Europe, and Sky Arts U.K.
HOLLYWOOD, March 26: The Jim Henson Company and Cyber Group Studios have partnered up for the first time, agreeing to co-finance and co-produce the children’s series Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters and Cyber Group Studios' Boubouh!
NEW YORK, March 26: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has added two new original series to its prime-time schedule, while also lining up additional episodes of the hit shows Deion's Family Playbook, Flex & Shanice and Welcome to Sweetie Pie's.
TORONTO, March 26: Shaw Media and Shaftesbury’s digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, have aligned with brand agency shift2 and Schick Quattro for Women on MsLabelled, a fashion-focused, multiplatform comedy series.
HÖHENKIRCHEN/MUNICH, March 26: Production is set to begin on the third season of the kids’ series Mia and me, which is launching its latest run this spring.
LONDON, March 26: U.K. outfit Power has sold a number of its wildlife titles around the world, including a package deal for 54 hours of content in Thailand.
SANTA MONICA, March 26: dick clark productions and Jukin Media have greenlit 20 half-hour episodes for the second international season of Fail Army.
LONDON, March 26: In the run-up to the premiere of Thunderbirds Are Go, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has inked a number of new licensing deals in the U.K. and Eire for the reimagined property.
MELBOURNE, March 26: Boutique distributor Looking Glass International is setting up shop at MIPTV next month with a slate of new factual and lifestyle shows, among them The Fashion Hero.
LONDON, March 26: CBBC has launched its latest children’s app, Escargot Escape Artistes, which was created by the 12-year-old winner of a competition on the network’s Appsolute Genius with Dick and Dom.
LONDON, March 26: David Christopher has been brought in to ITV Studios to serve in the newly created role of director of international commercial and digital.
PREMIUM, March 25: David Zaslav, the president and CEO of Discovery Communications, tells World Screen Newsflash how strong brands, available on multiple platforms and fueled by appealing content, are among the keys to the company’s success.
SINGAPORE, March 25: The worldwide pay-TV market grew at a steady rate of 4 percent last year, reaching 923.5 million subscribers, according to ABI Research, though weak currency exchange rates resulted in a slower increase of revenue for the segment.
LONDON, March 25: Jeremy Clarkson will not be returning to the BBC's Top Gear, Director-General Tony Hall said today. "It is not a decision I have taken lightly," Hall said.
SYDNEY, March 25: The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering Q4 2014, finds that viewing of video content on internet-connected devices is up year-on-year, but remains small relative to the amount of time that Australians spend watching broadcast TV on in-home sets.
LONDON, March 25: Gary Carter, the co-CEO of international operations at Endemol Shine Group, is set to leave the company later this year.
NEW YORK, March 25: Showtime has placed a 12-episode order for the hour-long drama series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
MELBOURNE, March 25: Presto has added to its on-demand catalogue a slew of programming from Foxtel's History channel, including content that commemorates the centenary of WWI.
PARIS, March 25: Brian Robbins, the founder and CEO of multiplatform media company AwesomenessTV, is set to present the AwesomenessTV MIP Digital Fronts Screening, along with YouTube star Meg DeAngelis.
BURBANK, March 25: ABC Family has greenlit Kevin from Work, an original single-camera comedy series written, created and exec produced by Barbie Adler (How I Met Your Mother).