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Sky acquires Parthenon Media

Sky is to establish a new distribution arm to market the international rights to its originated content. As part of the move, Sky has completed the acquisition of Parthenon Media Group, an independent international distribution and multi-media rights management company. In line with Sky’s on-going commitment to increasing its investment in original content, the creation […]

July 27, 2012

Google opening London YouTube studio

Google has announced that it will soon open a new studio in London to help some of the most popular YouTube posters make their videos look more professional. Based in Google’s Soho offices in London, the creator space will include two studios, a green screen for backdrops, fully staffed editing suites and cameras based on […]

July 25, 2012

3D Olympics for 80% of US pay-TV subs

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, and Panasonic Corporation of North America have revealed that the first-ever 3D coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be available to subscribers of MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) representing nearly 80 per cent of US TV households. The daily 3D programming, which will be […]

July 23, 2012

Hulu co-pro with BBC

Hulu will coproduce the fourth season of the BBC’s political comedy ‘The Thick of It‘. The deal, which is the first international coproduction by Hulu, will give the streaming video operation exclusive US rights to premiere the fourth season in the US It will air first in the US on Hulu and Hulu Plus on […]

July 19, 2012

Sky international show distribution

BSkyB may launch an in-house international distribution arm. It may purchase an existing outfit or build one up. Sky has upped its spending on British comedy and drama, with plans to spend up to £600 million (€741m) on original content by 2014. However original production might be scaled back again to help pay for increased […]

July 12, 2012

Video income lifeblood of UK film

Sales of video entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats are the single biggest revenue source for the production of film and television drama in the UK, a new report has confirmed. An Oxford Economics study commissioned by the British Video Association reveals that in a rapidly evolving market, video revenues remain critical to British […]

July 6, 2012

Rightster to develop original content

Rightster, the video distribution and monetisation specialist, has announced the launch of Rightster Studios to finance original programming, TV shows, and channels online.  Rightster is already a YouTube partner, and Rightster Studios will enable producers of all sizes – from independent viral video producers, to traditional production houses, to large news organisations – to create […]

July 2, 2012

Sky1 commissions more original content

Sky1 has commissioned a new eight-part drama set in a London fire station from the company behind Hustle and Life on Mars. It was one of two new dramas for Sky 1 unveiled this week, along with Moonfleet, a two-part family drama adapted by Company Pictures from the classic John Meade Falkner story. The commissions […]

June 22, 2012

Abu Dhabi TV production incentive scheme

twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional TV producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st. The […]

May 21, 2012

Original comedy, kids programming from Amazon

Amazon.com has confirmed that Amazon Studios is expanding its development efforts into comedy and children’s series. Amazon Studios is Amazon’s content development division that uses audience feedback to identify original entertainment that customers will love. Series creators are invited to upload their proposals for comedy and children’s programming to Amazon Studios at http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series. The best […]

May 3, 2012By Colin Mann