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BT Sport unveils production base

Signalling its intentions to compete in the premium sports arena, not only in terms of acquiring rights, but also by offering compelling, quality programming differentiated from its counterparts, BT Sports has unveiled its production and studio base situated in the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and confirmed its […]

July 26, 2013By Colin Mann

ITV acquires Big Talk

ITV has acquired 100 per cent of Big Talk Productions and associated companies (Big Talk), the producer of programmes including Friday Night Dinner and Rev as well as movies including Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End. ITV will pay an initial cash consideration and further capped cash payments contingent on Big Talk’s future […]

July 26, 2013

House of Cards makes Emmy history

The Netflix series House of Cards has become the first digitally-distributed show to earn a major nomination for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, picking up a ‘Best Drama’ nomination. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who portray the scheming husband and wife at the centre of the political thriller, were also nominated in the lead […]

July 18, 2013By Colin Mann

BT Sport presenters, programmes and studio details

BT Sport has added new programmes and presenters to its network of channels and revealed more details about its state of the art studios. New programmes include BT Sport Live, a nightly sports news, information and debate show, with outspoken former football manager Neil Warnock as a contributor. Tuesday and Sunday nights will feature BT […]

July 18, 2013

ITV acquires Thinkfactory Media

ITV has confirmed it is acquiring a controlling stake in Thinkfactory Media, a US producer of reality, entertainment and drama, including the Emmy award-winning Hatfields & McCoys. ITV will pay an upfront cash consideration of $30 million for a 65 per cent stake in Thinkfactory Media, with a put and call option to buy the […]

June 19, 2013

Netflix, Dreamworks original programming deal

Video streaming service Netflix will increase its original programming slate through a new, multi-year deal with DreamWorks – the maker of movies such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. DreamWorks is looking to expand its television production and distribution worldwide through this deal that has 300 hours of new programming. The agreement, Netflix’s largest for […]

June 17, 2013

Look abroad for content profit

Three CEOs told delegates here they should be more aggressive on international growth. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Liberty Global boss Mike Fries and Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman all said international strength was a vital factor in their stock rising over the past 12 months. Zaslav told the audience: “This past year, we made more money […]

June 13, 2013From Nick Snow @ The Cable Show

MTG Studios acquires DRG

Modern Times Group, the international entertainment broadcasting group, has revealed that MTG Studios has signed an agreement to acquire Digital Rights Group (DRG) from Ingenious Media. The UK independent content distributor representing titles such as Inbetweeners, Singing Bee, Catch Phrase and Don’t Tell the Bride. MTG have taken a 92.4 per cent stake in the […]

June 13, 2013

Time Warner in China investment initiative

Time Warner Inc and China Media Capital, China’s leading investment fund focused on media and entertainment, have formed a strategic investment partnership. The news was revealed in the western Chinese city of Chengdu, where business leaders convened for the 2013 Fortune Global Forum. The partnership aims to capitalise on China’s rapidly expanding media sector as […]

June 7, 2013By Colin Mann

Strike kills Paris tennis audio

Spanish viewers to Canal Plus’ coverage of the important Roland Garros tennis tournament will not be able to hear the grunts from the players or the spectator’s applause, because a strike by technicians at Canal Plus means no audio, or commentary, from the matches. The tournament is wildly popular in Spain because of the regular […]

June 3, 2013By Chris Forrester