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C4 acquires stakes in indie producers

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UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken a significant step into TV production, buying minority stakes in four independent producers. The publicly-owned broadcaster has spent about £4 million to take undisclosed minority stakes of up to 25 per cent in the companies, the first investments from a £20 million fund that aims to help the growth of small and medium-sized independent […]

Sony cuts back on MENA production

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is cutting back on Arabic production out of the Middle East, according to local reports. The production unit is closing its operations in Beirut and scaling back output from Cairo and Dubai. SPT Arabia’s president Zaid Kebbi is leaving, and his departure follows that Dany Karam, who left in December. Kebbi is one of the best-known […]

BT Sport extends Arsenal partnership

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BT Sport has extended its partnership with Arsenal Football Club for a further two years. The agreement allows BT Sport to continue to promote its football coverage, including exclusive live Premier League matches, through Arsenal’s digital channels in the UK and Ireland. It also gives the broadcaster access to Arsenal’s first-team players and manager for exclusive content. Arsenal’s sales and […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

Amazon’s 3rd original kids’ TV series

Amazon’s third original kids’ series, Annedroids, is now available for unlimited streaming on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. Created by Emmy-nominated JJ Johnson and Sinking Ship Entertainment, and aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids is a live-action adventure series about a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the […]

Netflix: “We’ll invest in French content”

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Reed Hastings, CEO of online entertainment service Netflix, has confirmed the company will invest in local content when it enters the French market in September. Speaking on Netflix’s Q2 earnings call, Hastings said the company was not seeking to dodge any obligations to fund local productions or pay relevant taxes. “We’re not really trying to get around anything, we want […]

Python farewell attracts record viewers

The highly-anticipated live broadcast from the O2 of the final ever performance of the Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down Five to Go stage show, proved a ratings smash-hit for UKTV channel Gold on July 20th with over 700,000 individuals tuning in, making it the highest ever rating commission for Gold (live viewing), and staying in Twitter’s trending topics through […]

Sky shares the Love

BSkyB has made another significant investment in UK content with the acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in Love Productions, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. The investment forms part of Sky’s strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution. Love Productions is a UK-based independent production company. Founded in October 2004 […]

Celebrities partner for comedy production house

Miranda Hart and David Walliams, two of Britain’s best known comedic talents, have teamed up with renowned TV producer Jo Sargent to form King Bert Productions and develop new mainstream comedy and comedy entertainment content for broadcasters, whilst also looking to foster new talent for the genre. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will support the new company […]

Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Microsoft has confirmed it is shutting down its Xbox Entertainment Studios – the company responsible for making original content for its Xbox Live subscribers. The planned Halo TV series will, however, remain unaffected. The news follows the announcement that Microsoft is to cut 18,000 jobs over the next six months, marking the biggest cutbacks in the near 40-year history of […]

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