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TVGN to Rebrand as POP

LOS ANGELES: TVGN (TV Guide Network) is being rebranded as POP, which is being positioned as a destination dedicated to "celebrating the fun of being a fan." Launching in the first quarter of 2015 with over 400 hours of fan-fueled original programming, POP will provide a multiplatform destination that creates ...

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Tyrant Renewed by FX

LOS ANGELES: FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of the drama Tyrant, executive produced by Howard Gordon. Production on the new season is set for next spring, with delivery slated for summer 2015. All ten episodes from the first season of Tyrant are currently available on FX’s VOD platform ...

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Netflix Furthers European Rollout

BRUSSELS: Today marks the launch of Netflix in Belgium and Luxembourg, capping off a week that saw the service introduced in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More than 63 million broadband households in these six European countries can now subscribe to Netflix and instantly access exclusive Netflix original programming and ...

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Q&A with GBI’s Andy Heyward

NEW YORK: Andy Heyward, the CEO of Genius Brands International (GBI), is leading the company as it navigates new-media platforms, age compression and the complexities, and rewards, of catering to kids in a multiplatform media world. TV KIDS: What were the benefits of merging with Genius Brands last year? HEYWARD: ...

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Swedish Reality Competition to Get French Treatment

LONDON: France's TF1 has ordered a local version of the prime-time survival competition format Dropped from ALP, a Zodiak Media company. Dropped looks on as athletic adventurers are dropped out of a helicopter to complete survival challenges in remote locations. The show, created by Zodiak Media's Mastiff Sweden, premiered in January ...

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TVA Group Orders Another Season of Armoza Formats’ The Killer Inside

TEL AVIV/QUEBEC/PARIS: Following the successful first season of The Killer Inside on SVOD platform Videotron and specialty channel Addik-TV, French Canadian broadcaster TVA Group has commissioned a second season of the crime thriller. The Killer Inside follows an interrogation specialist and her team as they use psychology to investigate murder ...

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FOX Sports Scores Wimbledon Rights in Asia Until 2020

SINGAPORE: FOX Sports, a FOX International Channels (FIC) network, has inked a deal with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) to extend its Asian broadcast rights for the Wimbledon championships for another six years. The agreement, which involves cable, satellite, terrestrial and multimedia rights, will see FOX ...

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FIC’s Simon Thomas

Over the last few years, FOX International Channels (FIC) has become more than just a volume buyer of content. Taking greater control of its IP, FIC has also been picking up the international distribution rights to some of the series ...

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BLE Unveils Finalists for 2014 License This! Challenge

LONDON: Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) has revealed the finalists for this year's License This! creative concepts competition, which is slated to name a winner during the event in London next month. The finalists are Alisa Black with Alisa Black Artwork; Ann Edwards with Chef and Sue; Fourth Wall Brands' Rowena ...

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