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Digital programming initiative from NBCU

NBCUniversal has revealed a video programming initiative that will see original series from its broadcast and cable entertainment groups promoted by entire portfolio of television networks and digital platforms. Débuting first on various digital platforms including channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand, the companywide initiative is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers in the most engaging and immersive ways. In [...]

FIFA: World Cup will be in 4K, and 8K

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Football’s governing body FIFA says its upcoming World Cup tournament from Brazil will be carried by some broadcasters in 4K. Niclas Ericson, head of FIFA’s TV Division, speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, said FIFA was working 24/7 to capture the event, not only in HDTV, but also in 4K and even 8K. “We are working hard to finalise all the [...]

AOL renews four original web series

AOL will renew four of its original web series for The AOL On Network, the company’s premium video platform. The shows returning for a second season include “City.Ballet.” from executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as the popular technology-themed shows “Hardwired” and “The Future Starts Here.” Additionally, “#CandidlyNicole,” starring social media maven Nicole Richie, will return for a second [...]

Xbox and Channel 4 partner for sci-fi series

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Channel 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox are partnering to remake Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, marking the first time games a console maker has partnered with a UK broadcaster to co-fund a major series. The deal will see Channel 4 air the drama exclusively in the UK in 2015 at the same time as Microsoft makes the show available to Xbox [...]

More Partridge for Sky Atlantic

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Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge will return with a new series on Sky, as well as a big screen sequel, its makers have confirmed. Henry Normal, co-founder of Coogan’s production company Baby Cow, said a sequel to the fictional Norfolk DJ’s film début, last year’s Alpha Papa, was in the pipeline, along with a new series for Sky Atlantic, where Partridge [...]

Discovery launches New Form digital studio

Factual channel specialist Discovery is launching a new programming model, New Form, and linking with the creative expertise of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment to turn out new content. Discovery CEO David Zaslev is expected to make a formal announcement April 3rd, but the concept is to appeal to younger viewers who are tending to watch YouTube. “One [...]

Larrikin Entertainment partners with Angel and Mazza to form EveryWhere Studios

Larrikin Entertainment, the media production company founded last year by Greg Coote and David Calvert-Jones, has partnered with Emmy, Peabody and WGA award-winning writer/producer Dan Angel (Door to Door, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Goosebumps) and TV industry veteran Tom Mazza to form EveryWhere Studios. The newly-launched entertainment company will be dedicated to the production and delivery of high quality [...]

ITV: “90% of advertiser programming crap”

ITV’s commercial boss Simon Daglish has warned big brands that want to become programme makers that “90 per cent of advertiser made content is crap”. Daglish told the Ad Week Europe conference in London that most consumers “don’t give a stuff” about brands. “Most people do not want a one-to-one relationship with a brand,” he added. He said ITV had [...]

TimePlanner from Thomson

Thomson Video Networks is to debut TimePlanner, a new application that is part of the XMS Network Management System, at the 2014 NAB Show. Enabling the scheduling and automation of complex service plan changes, TimePlanner not only gives XMS users the flexibility they need to manage rapid service plan changes, but also greatly simplifies headend operations. “As part of XMS, [...]

Disney buys Maker YouTube net for $500m

Walt Disney Company is buying Maker Studios, a major supplier of video content to YouTube, for $500 million. Disney also agreed to pay as much as $450 million more if Maker Studios meets “strong” performance targets. With Maker Studios, Disney is following DreamWorks Animation into an online video business with expanding audiences but little profit. DreamWorks bought AwesomenessTV, a smaller [...]

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