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Alan Tyler Named Acting Controller for BBC Entertainment Commissioning

October 23, 2015

LONDON: As Danny Cohen, the director of BBC Television, prepares to exit the company and Mark Linsey steps into the role in an acting capacity, the BBC has confirmed that Alan Tyler will take up the position of acting controller of BBC Entertainment commissioning. Tyler is currently a commissioning editor …

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BBC’s Inga Thordar Joins CNN Digital International

October 23, 2015

LONDON: CNN has tapped former BBC exec Inga Thordar to oversee its EMEA-based digital news and sports team. Based in the network’s London bureau, Thordar will serve as editorial and programming director for CNN Digital International. She will supervise all digital news and sports output, as well as managing, coordinating …

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MTG Sells Off Russian & International Pay-TV Channels Businesses

October 26, 2015

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has sold its Russian and international pay-TV channels businesses for a total consideration of $45.5 million. The Russian channel business comprises factual, movie and sports channels, while the international channel business comprises pan-regional factual channels and the TV1000 movie channels. These transactions do not include …

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Blurrt Taps Former FremantleMedia Exec Simon Spalding

October 26, 2015

LONDON: Blurrt, which specializes in analyzing comments and sentiments on social media, has appointed former FremantleMedia executive Simon Spalding as executive chairman. In his new role, Spalding will help determine the company’s strategic direction and oversee its growth plans in both the U.K. and international markets, building on his previous role …

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ITV Preps Live Sound of Music TV Event

October 26, 2015

LONDON: ITV has lined up a live broadcast of The Sound of Music, to air on the British broadcaster around the Christmas holiday. The 90-minute musical drama will go out live on the channel. It is based on the original stage musical and will include all of the songs from …

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Passion Distribution Elevates Elin Thomas

October 26, 2015

LONDON: Passion Distribution has promoted Elin Thomas to the role of director of global sales. Thomas joined Passion Distribution in 2014 after working at BBC Worldwide for 18 years. Since joining Passion, she has played a key role in growing the sales and format division. Sally Miles, the CEO of …

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Gaumont Enters First-Look Deal with Montebello

October 27, 2015

PARIS: Gaumont and Francois Ivernel's Montebello Productions have signed a first-look development and production deal, covering both film and TV for a span of three years. Ivernel set up Montebello in 2013, after more than 20 years with Pathé. He served as executive producer on such films as Girl with …

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Singer/Songwriter Adele to Take Center Stage in BBC Music Special

October 27, 2015

LONDON: BBC Music is presenting Adele at the BBC, a world-exclusive entertainment show featuring the titular singer/songwriter and hosted by Graham Norton for BBC One. The 60-minute one-off special will air on BBC One next month. Adele will perform classic tracks as well as songs from her highly anticipated new …

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SPT’s Viasat Hungary Deal Cleared

October 27, 2015

LONDON/BUDAPEST: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has received regulatory approval from the Hungarian Competition Authority for its acquisition of the VIASAT3 and VIASAT6 channels and Viasat Play VOD service from Modern Times Group. Once the deal is finalized, SPT will fully own and operate the two channels and VOD service, expanding …

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BFI Launches SVOD Service BFI Player+

October 28, 2015

LONDON: BFI has today launched its brand-new subscription service BFI Player+, which offers subscribers hundreds of movies on-demand. The SVOD service features hand-selected films that are curated by the BFI team. This includes British movies as well as world cinema. At launch, BFI Player+ will have around 300 titles available …