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Global Screen Dramas Attract Strong Interest at MIPTV

April 16, 2015

CANNES: Global Screen secured a number of deals at MIPTV this week, with particularly strong interest in its new dramas Naked Among Wolves and A Dangerous Fortune. The German sales company reports that buyers from France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Asia and Eastern Europe have shown interest in the two-part A …

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David Flynn to Depart Endemol Shine UK

April 16, 2015

LONDON: David Flynn, Endemol UK's chief creative officer, is planning to leave the company this summer. Flynn has been with the company for 16 years. He joined as a creative intern in 1999 and went on to oversee creativity across all of the U.K. He became chief creative officer in …

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Liberty Global’s Telenet to Acquire KPN’s Belgian Unit for $1.43 billion

April 20, 2015

DENVER: Liberty Global's Belgian subsidiary Telenet has agreed to acquire Base, which is the third largest mobile network operator in Belgium, from the Dutch group KPN for 1.325 billion euros ($1.43 billion). Base has 3.3 million mobile subscribers and brought in adjusted revenue of 690 million euros ($741 million) last …

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ORF-Enterprise Reports MIPTV Sales from Fiction, Wildlife Catalogues

April 20, 2015

VIENNA: ORF-Enterprise landed a number of deals during MIPTV last week, including selling its series Suburbia: Women on the Edge to SRF in Switzerland. The crime series Tatort was sold to ARD/Degeto in Germany for 14 episodes. Other recent Tatort sales include to the Danish broadcaster TV2 and Slovenia's RTV. …

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Sky Earnings, Subs Rise in Strong Q3 Results

April 21, 2015

LONDON: Sky has reported a 5 percent year-on-year increase in group revenue to £8.45 billion ($12.6 billion) for the quarter ended March 31, driving a 20 percent increase in operating profit to £1.03 billion ($1.5 billion). Across the portfolio, there were 242,000 net new customers in Q3, nearly 70 percent …

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MTG Reports Record Q1 Sales

April 22, 2015

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has reported its sales in the first quarter were up to record levels, with particular growth in Nordic pay TV and free TV in emerging markets. Overall, net sales were up 1 percent year-on-year at constant exchange rates to SEK3.7 billion ($428.6 million). Net income …

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New Hugo Blick Drama Among BBC Two Commissions

April 22, 2015

LONDON: A raft of new commissions have been unveiled for BBC Two, including a factual drama based on the popular Grand Theft Auto game, tentatively titled Game Changer, with Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton attached to star. Game Changer (w/t) is a BBC in-house production. This special 90-minute drama tells …

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Initial Names Big Brother Creative Director

April 22, 2015

LONDON: Denis O'Connor, exec producer at Endemol Shine UK's Initial, has been appointed creative director of Big Brother programming, effective immediately. In his newly created role, O'Connor will have creative oversight of all Big Brother programming, including Big Brother's Bit on the Side, which is due to debut on Channel …

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BBC Three’s Online-Only Move Delayed Until 2016

April 23, 2015

LONDON: The plans to transition BBC Three from a linear channel to an online-only service have been delayed, awaiting a final decision from the BBC Trust. The channel was originally supposed to become an online-only brand in fall 2015, but its boss said the shift would now not occur until …

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Spanish Series Optioned for Remakes in Italy, France

April 23, 2015

MADRID: Mediaset España has closed several new agreements for its catalogue of Spanish fiction series, including Mediaset's RTI optioning La que se avecina and Chiringuito de Pepe for the Italian market. RTI also acquired a second season of El Principe. That series was also picked up by RTP in Portugal. …