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AMC takes $200m BBC AMERICA stake

AMC Networks the global entertainment company behind acclaimed series The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Rectify, is paying $200 million for a 49.9 per cent share of the BBC AMERICA channel.  The agreement is structured as a long-term equity joint venture, with BBC Worldwide retaining 50.1 per cent. AMC Networks will have operational control of BBC AMERICA, including affiliate and […]

AOL unveils original UK content

AOL has unveiled its first UK Originals series at the inaugural IAB Digital Upfronts at BAFTA. Produced in association with 40 Partners, AOL is developing two new original series featuring home-grown talent including Richard Bacon and Tess Daly. The programmes will bring a range of stories and voices to new and existing audiences across the AOL On Network. These new […]

MTG media alliance targets digital opportunities

International entertainment group MTG is teaming up with several other European media companies, including ProSiebenSat.1, Channel 4, and TF1, to identify investment opportunities in new digital businesses, creating what is described as a unique opportunity for start-ups who are looking to expand geographically. For MTG, it says the alliance will provide access to exciting investment opportunities in the digital space, […]

Turkey named MIPCOM 2015 Country of Honour

Television market organiser Reed MIDEM has revealed that Turkey has been named MIPCOM 2015 Country of Honour. MIPCOM 2015 will take place in Cannes, 5-8 October 2015. Turkey is seen as one of the most dynamic and prolific drama-producing nations, with its productions currently broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide. The territory’s annual drama exports exceed $150 million annually. […]

X Factor UK a global hit

Executives from Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia International (FMI) are lauding the UK version of The X Factor, on the back of an impressive array of sales revealed at MIPCOM. Created and owned by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and co-produced by Syco and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK), The X Factor UK has hit global shores for the very first […]

Fox, Apollo multi-platform JV giant

21st Century Fox and funds manager Apollo Global have revealed their agreement to create a leading global multi-platform content provider, bringing together Endemol, Shine Group and CORE Media. Under the terms of the agreement 21st Century Fox and Apollo will jointly manage the newly created group, with each owning 50 per cent. The group’s businesses will have creative operations in […]

Amazon’s Transparent sets bingeing records

In just over a week since its debut, Transparent, the critically acclaimed dark comedy series on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video has garnered high levels of critical and public acclaim, as well as setting binge-viewing records. Following the overwhelming

A+E launches A+E Studios International

A+E Networks has set MIPCOM for the launch of A+E Studios International, a banner under which the company will distribute and finance quality scripted series, TV events and movies. The announcement was made by Sean Cohan, Executive Vice President, International for A+E Networks and Bob DeBitetto, President, Brand Strategy, Business Development and A+E Studios, A+E Networks. A+E Networks will introduce […]

Frank launches Dial Square 86

David Frank, former CEO of  producer Zodiak Media, has confirmed the launch of Dial Square 86, a next generation content group focused on the creation, enhancement and exploitation of entertainment content across all platforms. Frank will take the helm as CEO of Dial Square 86, which he formed in recognition of the many opportunities opening up to content producers and […]

Viacom: “We’ll own Channel 5 forever”

Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, has confirmed the media group’s long-term commitment to UK commercial PublicService Broadcaster Channel 5, which it acquired for £450 million in May 2014. Dauman made the comment as he revealed that the UK would be the first international territory to roll out popular US cable network Spike, an initiative he said was made […]

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