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Hulu Clinches U.S. Rights for The Wiggles’ Latest Show

SYDNEY: 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. Through a deal with ABC Commercial’s content sales team, the service will stream the series' second run and 104 episodes of ...

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Nickelodeon Renews Pair of Live-Action Comedies

SANTA MONICA: Nickelodeon has renewed the live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs and The Thundermans for second and third seasons, respectively. The sophomore season of Bella and the Bulldogs will see the titular character unite with her original team in an attempt to take them farther than they've ever ...

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Digital Delivers for RTL Group in Full-Year Results

LUXEMBOURG: 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. Reported group revenue was stable at 5.81 billion euros ($6.4 billion). Higher revenue from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and from acquisitions—consolidation of BroadbandTV, SpotXchange and 495 ...

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New Distribution Head for Emerging Markets at Saban Brands

LOS ANGELES: Saban Brands has hired Zofia Karpinska as its director of distribution for emerging markets, a newly created role. Working out of London, Karpinska will oversee content deal TV negotiations, digital distribution and home entertainment for the Eastern European market, while also supporting the negotiation and marketing of new ...

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Telefe’s We Are Family Lands in Chile

BUENOS AIRES: The Argentine comedy We Are Family, originally produced for that country’s Telefe, is scheduled to premiere tonight on Chile’s TVN. The show tells the story of a coveted bachelor (Gustavo Bermúdez) who becomes the tutor to four orphans following a tragedy. He crosses paths with a journalist (Ana ...

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Netflix to Debut Idris Elba Movie Beasts of No Nation

BEVERLY HILLS: Netflix is slated to release later this year the film Beasts of No Nation, starring Luther’s Idris Elba and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga. The film will debut in all Netflix territories the same day it premieres in select U.S. and worldwide theaters. Produced by Red Crown ...

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Production Begins on Ford’s Theatre Doc for Ovation

SANTA MONICA: Ovation TV has kicked off production on Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse, an original documentary that is being co-produced by Ovation Studios and 1895 Films. Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse pays tribute to the venue where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago. The film features a combination of photographs ...

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MTV Orders Cooking Show Starring Web Stars Brothers Green

NEW YORK: MTV is developing a new cooking show starring Internet stars the Brothers Green, with an international multiplatform rollout planned for this spring. Titled Brothers Green: EATS!, the 12×30-minute series features Brooklyn-based brothers and YouTube sensations Mike and Josh Greenfield as they dish up food inspired by New York ...

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