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L.A. Screenings Buyer Feedback: Sky’s Sarah Wright

LONDON: There was depth and breadth to the pilots offered at the L.A. Screenings this year, according to Sarah Wright, the controller of acquisitions at British pay-TV behemoth Sky. “There was everything from high-concept shows like Odyssey (NBCU) and Gotham (WBITD), to romantic comedies such as Marry Me (SPT) and ...

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Channel 5 Adds Pip Ahoy! to Summer Lineup

LONDON: Next month, Channel 5's Milkshake! is slated to begin airing Pip Ahoy!, a new animated show from Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick (CHF) Entertainment aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 6. Set in a seaside resort, Pip Ahoy! centers on a young dog and his kitten companion. The ...

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41e Finds Success with PAC-MAN Retail Promotion

GREENWICH: The PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures retail campaign launched by 41 Entertainment (41e) and the Langers juice company reached more than 15,000 U.S. stores during the last two months. The promotion, which was held in the U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, was supported by such retailers as Kroger's, Safeway, Ralph's, ...

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MTG Africa Licenses The Package Format from Armoza

TEL AVIV: Armoza Formats has secured an agreement with MTG Africa for the factual entertainment format The Package, which heads into production for Ghana and Tanzania. The format has been licensed for 13 one-hour episodes for each territory. In Ghana, the treatment will air on VIASAT1 in English. The Tanzanian ...

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HBO Goes for Danny McBride Comedy

LOS ANGELES: HBO has given an 18-episode straight-to-series order to the comedy Vice Principals, which comes from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. The series will focus on a high school and the people who sort of run it, the vice principals. McBride will star and executive ...

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Netflix Scores New Seasons of DreamWorks Dragons

GLENDALE/BEVERLY HILLS: Netflix has become the exclusive new home for upcoming seasons of DreamWorks Dragons, starting in spring 2015. The series is based on DreamWorks Animation's hit How to Train Your Dragon films. The new episodes bridge the gap between the first feature film and the upcoming sequel, How to ...

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Escapade Media Sells Preschool Shows into New Zealand

SYDNEY: Two Aussie preschool shows are set to debut in New Zealand after a licensing deal between Escapade Media and New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ Kidzone24. The agreement is for 77 hours of content, which consists of Larry the Lawnmower, a series narrated by Jay Laga’aia, and a soon-to-be-announced show created ...

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Chromecast Expands Global Presence

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Google is delivering its Chromecast media streaming device to Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Switzerland. Suveer Kothari, Google’s director of Chromecast business development, pointed out that “these countries are home to some of the biggest fans of ...

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