Advanced Television


FilmRise hires Gazoul as Director, Film Acquisitions

FilmRise, the New York-based studio and streaming network, has announced the appointment of Gabriel Gazoul as Director of Film Acquisitions. Gazoul spent 12 years acquiring content for Showtime Networks. In this role, Gazoul will oversee the acquisition of new release feature films and documentaries, as well as collaborate on release strategies with FilmRise’s Sales and […]

January 21, 2022

ViacomCBS, Comcast distribution agreements

ViacomCBS and Comcast Cable have reached comprehensive distribution agreements to deliver ViacomCBS’s full portfolio of broadcast, entertainment, news, and sports programming to Xfinity customers. The multi-year deal features renewed carriage of ViacomCBS’s networks – including CBS Television Network, BET, CBS Sports Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, SHOWTIME, and others […]

January 14, 2022

ViacomCBS, CommScope IP content distribution migration

Comms technology specialist CommScope and media & entertainment group ViacomCBS have confirmed that ViacomCBS launched FAVE and migrated its DABL and select SHOWTIME linear channels from satellite to Content Delivery Network (CDN) IP distribution using the CommScope DigiCipher Streaming system. The migration represents the first ViacomCBS services to be fully transitioned from satellite to CDN […]

January 13, 2022

Sarhan named SkyShowtime CEO

Comcast and ViacomCBS have appointed Monty Sarhan as CEO of SkyShowtime – their SVoD joint venture scheduled to launch in more than 20 European territories later this year. Sarhan most recently served as senior VP of content acquisition at Comcast Cable, and is set to take up his new London-based role later this month, pending […]

January 12, 2022

Report: Trends that defined the video market in 2021

Streaming video has exploded and more companies are fighting for a piece of the pie; in an end of year report, Interpret examined the most significant developments impacting the video industry. 2021 brought several welcome changes after a 2020 that was great for subscription streaming services but a challenge for much of the rest of […]

December 22, 2021

Report: Top 10 US SVoD services of 2021

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US paid subscription OTT video services, based on estimated numbers of subscribers through September 2021 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. The research firm reports that based on quarterly surveys of 10,000 US broadband households, more than 80 per cent of broadband households […]

December 21, 2021

Dexter: New Blood coming to Sky Atlantic, NOW on November 8

The highly anticipated return of Dexter: New Blood has been confirmed for November 8th with episodes available 10.00pm every Monday on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW. Michael C. Hall returns as America’s favourite serial killer Dexter Morgan. Alongside Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Julia Jones (The Mandalorian), Jack Alcott (The Good Lord Bird), Alano Miller (Sylvie’s […]

October 8, 2021

ViacomCBS launches BET Studios

BET, a unit of ViacomCBS has launched BET Studios, a studio venture that offers equity ownership for Black content creators. Propelled by the infrastructure and financing of BET and ViacomCBS, BET Studios will create premium television series and films for an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+ and BET, in addition […]

September 17, 2021

Desai named OSN interim CEO

Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN has seen CEO Patrick Tillieux depart for “personal reasons”, and a new interim CEO appointed in Sangeeta Desai. Faisal Al Ayyar, Chairman of OSN, commented: “The Board is delighted that Sangeeta has accepted the position of Interim CEO, which will increase her involvement with OSN as she works towards the Board’s […]

August 31, 2021By Chris Forrester

Veteran AMC CEO steps down

AMC Networks reveals that Josh Sapan, president and CEO of the company for 26 years, is to step down and become executive vice chairman. The company has brought in former Showtime lead Matthew Blank as interim CEO. “Over his long career, Josh’s leadership ensured AMC Networks became a force in entertainment, with far-reaching influence throughout […]

August 24, 2021