Advanced Television


Canal+: ‘We’ll do great things with F1’

Following the French pay-TV operator’s successful acquisition of the exclusive live rights to Formula 1, Canal+ Group director of sports Cyril Linette has suggested the broadcaster would be putting “considerable resources” in providing quality coverage of Grands Prix for its subscribers. In an initiative mirroring UK pay-TV service Sky’s approach, Canal + will broadcast the […]

February 18, 2013By Colin Mann

Netflix, DreamWorks original kids programming deal

Following the success of its House of Cards original drama commission, Internet television network Netflix is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to create the first ever Netflix Original Series for kids. Based on the highly-anticipated DreamWorks Animation movie Turbo, premièring in theatres this summer, the Netflix series Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) débuts exclusively […]

February 13, 2013

Sony hit by Hobbit’s Red Camera writ

Sony Corp is being sued by high-end camera maker Red Digital for alleged patent infringements. Last week another camera maker ARRI settled an action with Red Digital.  Red’s digital cameras are used on many Hollywood movies, notably The Hobbit trilogy. This fresh action says that three very high-end Sony cameras use and “embody the [patents] […]

February 13, 2013By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Amazon’s streaming ambitions hard to ignore

Although attention will be on Netflix as it launches its first major original series, House of Cards, revolutionising content distribution by giving consumer all the content at once, which is exactly what consumers want, with virtually every traditional media outlet rooting for the releasing strategy’s complete and utter failure, Amazon’s progress in the online video […]

February 1, 2013By Colin Mann

Bertelsmann to sell €2bn RTL stake?

Bertelsmann is looking to sell a €2 billion stake in Europe’s biggest advertiser-funded broadcaster RTL, which makes UK shows including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, to finance international expansion. Privately-owned German company Bertelsmann has informed the board of directors at RTL that it is considering reducing its stake from 92.3 per cent to […]

February 1, 2013

Amazon to produce children’s programming

Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of, has greenlit the production of five children’s test pilots. This announcement comes on the heels of the first pilot production commitment in December, which greenlit six comedy pilots, bringing the total number of Amazon Studios pilots currently in production to 11. The move comes […]

February 1, 2013By Colin Mann

Sky commits to original British drama

Sky has stepped up its commitment to original British drama with the announcement of a line up of brand new, original drama, featuring stars including Dominic Cooper, Vanessa Redgrave, Kylie Minogue, Idris Elba and Matt Smith. Running across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment channels, the raft of new drama commissions, complemented by popular returning series, is […]

January 17, 2013

Discovery, TF1 finalise agreement

French media group TF1 and Discovery Communications have wasted no time in finalising the agreement announced December 13 and are moving forward to build a three-tier strategic alliance across Eurosport, four pay-TV channels and production. Following a favourable opinion from the employee representative bodies, the partners December 21 confirmed the signature and closing of their […]

December 23, 2012

Sunset+Vine to produce BT Sports

BT Sport has named Sunset+Vine as its lead production partner. Sunset+Vine will produce BT’s 38 live football games in the Barclays Premier League from the start of the 2013/14 season, along with 69 live Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and other sports programming. Sunset+Vine’s current production credits include ESPN’s Aviva Premiership rugby union coverage and […]

December 20, 2012

Keshet International sets up in UK

Keshet International, the distribution arm of Keshet Media Group and distributor behind multi-award winning Homeland, has opened a UK office as it continues to expand its global footprint. The London office has been opened due to Keshet’s significant growth in the international formats market and recent US success. Keshet International MD Alon Shtruzman has made […]

December 17, 2012