PARIS, May 28: Lagardère Active has picked up an 82 percent stake in the Spanish audiovisual production outfit Grupo Boomerang TV.
LONDON/OSLO, May 28: Jan Salling, who has been serving as the chief operating officer and managing director of sales and acquisitions at Nordic World, is launching his own formats outfit, Missing Link Media.
LONDON, May 28: UKTV has commissioned three titles for its classic-comedy channel Gold as part of its push to air more original scripted content on the network.
LAGOS/LOS ANGELES/LONDON, May 28: CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has licensed the format Kids Say the Darndest Things to Bafot Studios for a local remake in Nigeria.
MOSCOW, May 28: The Russian VOD platform ivi is launching a personalized TV service that is meant to combine traditional television with a recommendation system.
MUNICH, May 28: The home-makeover format House Rules has been licensed by Red Arrow International to SBS in the Netherlands.
HONG KONG, May 28: now TV has been awarded the exclusive Hong Kong broadcast rights for Copa América 2015, set to air all 26 matches of the event live in HD, thanks to a deal with MP & Silva.
LONDON, May 28: Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has made three new commissions for Food Network, with the programs spotlighting celebrity chefs Donal Skehan and Ching He-Huang.
NEW YORK, May 28: Caitlin Meek-O’Connor, the head of acquisitions at Beyond Distribution, tells World Screen Newsflash about the types of shows she’s looking to acquire for the factual and kids’ programming slates.
HALIFAX/LOS ANGELES/LONDON, May 28: DHX Media has inked a deal to debut its animated action series Dr. Dimensionpants on Hulu in the U.S., where it will launch exclusively on the streaming service June 13.
SILVER SPRING, May 28: U.S. network Destination America is set to launch next month a daytime programming block dedicated to ghosts and the supernatural.
HILVERSUM, May 28: Talpa's new music show Sing What? has been commissioned for a second season by SBS6 in the Netherlands.
CULVER CITY/LONDON, May 28: Miffy's Adventures Big and Small, a new CGI preschool program based on the classic bunny character from the 1950s, is being launched on CSC Media's Tiny Pop channel in the U.K.
LONDON, May 28: Cineflix Rights has picked up the international rights for the upcoming Becoming Us, a docuseries from Ryan Seacrest Productions dealing with transgender issues.
LOS ANGELES/LONDON, May 28: Entertainment One (eOne) Licensing has announced a number of international retail programs for some of its biggest brands, including the launch of Peppa Pig construction toys across various territories next year.
BUDAPEST, May 28: SPI International has secured carriage for three FilmBox movie channels on the DIGI platform in Hungary.
MAINZ, May 28: Enterprises Sonor, a joint venture between ZDF Enterprises and Bavaria Media, is jumping into the music field after acquiring more than 1,000 titles from musician Eberhard Schoener.
JOHANNESBURG, May 28: Cartoon Network has released a new mobile app inspired by its popular short-form series Mixels.
TORONTO, May 28: Charlotte Cook, the director of programming for the annual Hot Docs festival, is stepping down from her position at the end of the month after a four-year tenure.
HOLLYWOOD, May 28: Blanca Lista has been promoted to VP of feature-film production at The Jim Henson Company.
LOS ANGELES, May 28: Broad Green Pictures has hired Gail Heaney as the company's executive VP of media, a title she previously held at Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment.
BURBANK, May 28: Evolution Media has promoted Alex Baskin, executive VP of programming and development, to partner, while also naming Sara Hansemann VP of development and Robert Carroll VP of current.
LONDON, May 27: India, Russia and Brazil are expected to drive gains in the global satellite TV market, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.
LONDON, May 27: Sky has planned a major initiative centered on arts programming for its customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the U.K., including the creation of a brand-new production hub.
PARIS, May 27: Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, are to jointly receive the honor of MIPCOM 2015 Personalities of the Year.
NEW YORK, May 27: Mediacom Communications and Viacom have extended a distribution agreement that involves the carriage of networks such as MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike.
SANTA MONICA, May 27: This summer, FOX has lined up the new unscripted TV event Knock Knock Live, which will be hosted and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest.
LONDON, May 27: ITV has commissioned several new and returning non-scripted titles from Shiver, ITV Studios’ factual division.
SANTA MONICA, May 27: Hulu has renewed Deadbeat, an original comedy series starring Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), for a 13-episode third season.
NEW YORK, May 27: A decade after the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink and A&E’s Inked—both long credited with mainstreaming the once taboo world of tattoos—unscripted titles focusing on body art continue to draw audiences worldwide and across demographics.
LOS ANGELES, May 27: An expanded sessions lineup has been added to next month’s NATPE Europe in Prague, as well as a keynote by showrunner Adrian Hodges.
LONDON, May 27: FremantleMedia International has picked up the exclusive international distribution rights (excluding partner territories) for The Young Pope, a new drama series starring Jude Law.
LONDON, May 27: Ink Group and Global New Age Media (GNAM) are combining their services under the newly formed INK ALC banner, which will service the Russian CIS, MENA and the SEA regions as well as the Nordics.
LONDON, May 27: Comedian and actor Jason Manford is set to host the new series The Money Pit on UKTV's entertainment channel Dave.
HONG KONG, May 27: PGS Entertainment has clinched a number of international presales for the upcoming second season of The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue!, which is due out this fall.
LONDON, May 27: RTL CBS Asia Entertainment has licensed two factual shows from Boulder Creek International (BCI), both of which were produced in 4K.
NEW YORK, May 27: Preschool network Sprout has ordered 26 half-hour episodes of The Ollie & Moon Show, a new original series, from Cottonwood Media.
MONTREAL/MUNICH, May 27: CMJ Productions and Bilderfest factual entertainment have entered a partnership to produce and distribute science-related content, starting with the factual series As a Matter of Fact.
LONDON, May 27: Arrow Media has scored a recommission for its series Dogs: Their Secret Lives from the U.K.'s Channel 4.
SILVER SPRING, May 27: Discovery Family Channel has launched a YouTube portal dedicated to re-creations of iconic movies starring toddlers.
SANTA MONICA, May 27: Former Universal Music Group exec Jeff Bronikowski has been named president of the forthcoming SVOD service Tribeca Shortlist.
LOS ANGELES, May 27: Dentsu Entertainment USA and Level-5 have appointed Evolution USA as the licensing and merchandising (L&M) agent for the multimedia franchises Yo-Kai Watch and LBX (Little Battlers eXperience) in the U.S. and Canada.
SYDNEY, May 27: Scientist and TV presenter Jennifer Gardy has joined Escapade Media’s new series Genetics as executive producer and host.
STAMFORD/NEW YORK, May 26: Charter Communications has entered into a deal to merge its assets with Time Warner Cable (TWC), in an agreement that values TWC at $78.7 billion.
CAMPBELL, May 26: Global pay-TV subscribers increased to nearly 800 million in 2014, led by, for the first time ever, the OTT segment.