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Canal+ takes Studio Bagel stake

Canal+ Group has confirmed the acquisition of a majority stake in Studio Bagel, a network of comedy channels on YouTube in France. Created in 2012, Studio Bagel regroups some of the most popular talents on YouTube and produces much-followed channels, such as Studio Bagel, Les Tutos and Le Dezapping. Overall, its channels tally nearly six […]

March 3, 2014

Disney opens UK production office

Disney has launched a British production division as it looks to take advantage of the TV tax credit by filming TV pilots in the UK. The Hollywood studio has launched Abbey C Studios to house its first UK production, the musical comedy Galavant. The division will also be the home for future pilots and series […]

February 13, 2014

Amazon debuts Round 2 original pilots

As it seeks to differentiate its online entertainment content from market rivals, Amazon has revealed the latest round of TV pilots from Amazon Studios – an initiative that allows viewers to have a say in the shows they’ll be watching in the future. The first round of pilots resulted in the critically-acclaimed Garry Trudeau series […]

February 7, 2014By Colin Mann

Netflix orders original Marco Polo series

The epic adventures of Marco Polo will premiere exclusively for Netflix members to watch instantly in all Netflix territories in late 2014. The famed explorer’s journey takes him to the centre of a brutal war in 13th century China. Produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC), the nine-chapter chronicle will begin shooting soon at the new […]

January 15, 2014

UK creative industries worth £8m/hour

Official statistics published today reveal that the UK’s creative Industries, which includes the film, television and music industries, are now worth £71.4 billion (€85.6bn) per year to the UK economy – generating just over £8 million pounds an hour. The UK creative industries are renowned across the globe driving growth, investment and tourism. The Creative […]

January 14, 2014By Colin Mann

Historic Golden Globe for Netflix’s House of Cards

Netflix has become the first original online programming service to earn a major television award, with Robin Wright being named Best Actress in a Drama Television Series at the Golden Globes for her performance in Netflix’s political drama series, House of Cards. The programme – Netflix’s first foray into original programming – was also nominated […]

January 13, 2014By Colin Mann

Xbox Studios confirms first original series

Xbox Entertainment Studios has picked up its first original show, ordering a documentary series from Oscar winner Simon Chinn and Emmy-award winning cousin Jonathan Chinn. The untitled series will feature a string of original installments exploring the digital revolution, including new and different topics that have yet to be examined. The series, which will debut […]

December 20, 2013

Sky Deutschland to acquire PlazaMedia

Sky Deutschland Fernsehen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sky Deutschland, has agreed with Constantin Sport to acquire 100 per cent of its production company PlazaMedia as well as a 25.1 per cent equity stake in Sport1 and Constantin Sport Marketing. The total purchase price will amount to around €57.5 million. Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky […]

December 6, 2013

Industry Trust acclaims copyright education successes

The rapid take-up of digital film and TV among people of all ages is creating a growing need for copyright education, according to speakers at the AGM of pro-copyright consumer education body the Industry Trust for IP Awareness. Liz Bales, Director-General of the Industry Trust, who addressed Trust members and industry partners at the event, […]

December 6, 2013By Colin Mann

Netflix confirms House of Cards Season 2

Internet television network Netflix has confirmed that the second season of its award-winning drama series House of Cards will premiere on February 14th 2014. As with the first season, all 13 episodes will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. In the summer of 2013, for its first […]

December 5, 2013By Colin Mann