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AMC in U.K. Launching on BT with Fear the Walking Dead

LONDON: AMC’s U.K. channel, which is set to launch August 28 on the BT platform, has unveiled a programming lineup that includes the new drama Fear the Walking Dead. That series’ first episode will be made available free of charge to all audiences on the BT Showcase channel on August ...

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Blinky Bill Film Kicks Off Global Rollout

MUNICH: The full-length CGI production Blinky Bill The Movie, part of the Studio 100 Film catalogue, has debuted in Poland and will continue to roll out in countries worldwide throughout the year. Upcoming theatrical premieres for Blinky Bill The Movie include Bulgaria on September 11, Australia on September 17, South ...

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Boomerang Hires New Director of Development

LONDON: Boomerang, part of Twofour Group, is expanding its executive team with the appointment of Shona Baldwin as director of development. Baldwin is set to take up her new role in September, reporting to managing director Gareth Rees. She’ll be charged with building the company’s factual and factual-entertainment slate, which ...

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Cricketer Freddie Flintoff Films Shorts for HISTORY U.K.

LONDON: British cricketer and broadcaster Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has signed on as the first brand ambassador for HISTORY in the U.K., filming a series of short films in which he discusses his favorite shows on the network. The six shorts, produced by The Moment (formerly One Two Four), will air ...

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Cablevision & CBS Corporation Reach New Carriage Pact

BETHPAGE/NEW YORK: As part of a wide-ranging carriage agreement with CBS Corporation, Cablevision has become the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and Showtime internet services. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of Showtime, CBS Sports ...

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FremantleMedia’s Sarah Doole

Ramping up its presence in the drama business has been a key priority for FremantleMedia over the last couple of years. For the company best known for its global entertainment franchises, expanding its portfolio of high-end scripted has been a remit applied to both its production and distribution divisions. Sarah ...

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eOne Unveils Details for Peppa Pig Marketing Campaign

LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) Licensing has revealed plans for Imagine with Peppa, an upcoming Peppa Pig marketing initiative in the U.K. that will see storytelling sessions take place at this year's Children's Bath Literary Festival. The 2015 Children's Bath Literary Festival is being held in the U.K. on October 3 ...

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Total Drama Franchise Returns to Cartoon Network

ATLANTA: Starting September 7, Cartoon Network is launching a brand-new installment of the Total Drama franchise, Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race. Episodes of the animated series will also be available on the Cartoon Network app prior to the network premiere starting the morning of September 7. Total Drama: The Ridonculous Race ...

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Shakeup within Bell Media’s Senior Team

TORONTO: Randy Lennox has been appointed to the newly created position of president of entertainment production and broadcasting at Bell Media, which has seen a reshuffling in its senior ranks amid the departure of four executives. Lennox will oversee all of Bell Media’s English independent and in-house entertainment productions for ...

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David Duchovny Novel to Get Animated Holiday Special

TORONTO: Planet Grande Pictures and animation studio Cuppa Coffee have teamed up to produce a stop-motion version of actor David Duchovny’s novel Holy Cow. The title will be produced as a musical holiday special for 2016. Billy Frolick (Madagascar) is set to pen the script. Duchovny, of The X-Files and ...

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