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Fox reopens The X-Files


Cult sci-fi show The X-Files is to return to TV after a 13-year hiatus. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for the six-part series, and original creator Chris Carter will be at the helm when production starts this summer. The revival comes following the success of last year’s 24 miniseries […]

Spike TV UK launch with Breaking Bad


Viacom’s Spike TV has acquired critically-acclaimed US drama Breaking Bad ahead of its launch next month. It marks the first time all five seasons of the AMC drama will be broadcast on UK television. Spike TV has also ordered its first UK commission. Tattoo UK will be a localised versions of US reality series Tattoo Nightmares. It will be made […]

Amazon takes 2nd season of Bosch

Just one month after its debut Amazon has confirmed it has greenlit a second season of its first original hour-long drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch book series, Bosch has achieved the biggest debut weekend among all Amazon Original Series and is the most-watched title on Amazon Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series […]

Netflix outspends BBC, HBO, Discovery on content


SVoD services will see huge growth over the next five years as traditional cable TV subscriptions continue to decline, according to  Ben Keen, chief analyst and VP, consumer media at IHS.  However, the transition to digital and the success of cable broadband mean that cable is still a strong industry. Keen told Cable Congress

ITV acquires Talpa Media


As widely anticipated, UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed it is to acquire Talpa Media B.V., the entertainment show producer behind worldwide hit formats, including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Utopia, I Love My Country and Dating In The Dark for an initial cash consideration of approximately £355 million (€500m). ITV says the acquisition is a further milestone in its […]

WPP acquires FlowNetwork stake

British multinational advertising and public relations company WPP has agreed to acquire a minority stake in Swedish over-the-top television service FlowNetwork. The company delivers its programmes via the Internet, which supplies Sweden’s regional newspapers with technology and content. Newspapers served by FlowNetwork include Norrköpings tidningar, Folkbladet, Motala Vadstena Tidning, Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Östgöta Correspondenten, Norrbottens-Kuriren, Västervik-Tidningen, Hela Gotland and UNT. FlowNetwork […]

UK creatives call for political commitment

A cross-party gathering of UK Ministers, MPs and Peers, industry members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) is urging political parties to continue working with industry to ensure the global success of the UK’s creative industries after the General Election. Leading figures from the creative industries are calling on politicians to make the sector, which brings in £8.8 million per […]

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

Alibaba buys into TV production

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has invested $383 million in TV programme producer Beijing Enlight Media. The move follows investments by Alibaba worth more than $3.1 billion in the entertainment industry  last year as the company aggressively expands into film and entertainment content. Alibaba executives have laid out a vision of selling digital content and entertainment, including film, television and video […]

Canada boosts digital content


2014 was a turning point for Canada’s digital-first media landscape, according to a report from the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). The report, Content Everywhere (2): Securing Canada’s Place in the Digital Future, examines the emerging marketplace for English-language linear content created outside the traditional studio and broadcast system over the past four years. It also provides case studies to […]

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