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Miramax Enters Movie Deal with Sky Italia

CANNES/SANTA MONICA: Sky Italia is set to air a number of titles from the Miramax library on its pay-TV channels in Italy.  The Miramax slate has more than 700 motion pictures. A number of these titles have been licensed to Sky Italia for pay TV under a new movie deal.  ...

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Marc Dorcel Offers App, TV Channel & Tailor-Made Content

PARIS: Among the offerings from adult-entertainment company Marc Dorcel is the Dorcel app, as well as a 3D VOD service. The Dorcel app offers viewers access to Marc Dorcel content and services from TV screens. The app is now being developed with TV manufacturers in the Netherlands, Korea and Japan. ...

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Zodiak Media Offloads Mastiff Media Polska

LONDON: Zodiak Media has sold its Mastiff Media Polska production outfit to its management team, led by Grzegorz Piekarski and backed by Swedish private-equity firm Layline Partners, headed by Olle Langenius. Mastiff Media Polska is the Polish production company behind local versions of So You Think You Can Dance, Don’t ...

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Number of European HD Channels on the Rise

STRASBOURG: There was a 47.8-percent increase in the number of HD channels in Europe last year, with 375 new networks launched in the E.U. in total, according to figures from the MAVISE TV database. According to MAVISE, at the end of 2011 there were approximately 612 HD channels available in Europe; this ...

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Parthenon Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

HERTFORDSHIRE: Parthenon Entertainment is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as it heads to MIPTV with 110 hours of programming and a range of new topical titles.   Parthenon will bring content to MIPTV such as The Embezzlers: Inside the Soviet Mafia, a six-part HD series which reveals corruption and embezzlement at ...

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UKTV Licenses Miramax Films

LONDON/SANTA MONICA: A number of films from the Miramax portfolio will be made available to UKTV subscribers in the U.K. and Ireland across basic pay and DTT channels.  UKTV operates ten channel brands—Watch, Gold, Dave, Alibi, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, Home, Really and Good Food—in addition to other services. Miramax films ...

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AXN Sci-Fi Russia On Board for Metal Hurlant Chronicles

MODENA: Panini Media and AXN Sci-Fi Russia have entered a deal for the pay-TV rights for the series Metal Hurlant Chronicles, bringing seasons one and two of the show to Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia and Lithuania, among other territories.  Season will starts this summer, airing on AXN Sci-Fi in Armenia, ...

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Licenses Awarded for Six New French DTT Channels

PARIS: The French audiovisual regulator Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) has selected the six new channels for its DTT platform, including TF1 Group’s HD1. The new channel will be “devoted to creativity and to all forms of French and foreign narrative drama,” according to a statement from TF1. It will ...

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Stars Set to Grace the Palais

PARIS: Among the star talent headed to Cannes are Julian Fellowes, Elle Macpherson and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Jean Reno and René Balcer will be on hand to promote the new series Le Grand, presented by Atlantique Productions in partnership with TF1 and distributor SevenOne International. Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter, ...

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