TOKYO, July 31: First-quarter financials at Sony Corporation show a 5.8 percent revenue boost to 1.8 trillion yen ($17.9 billion), with profit soaring from 3.1 billion yen ($30 million) in the year-ago period to 26.8 billion yen ($265 million), lifted by PS4 sales and stronger theatrical revenues at its U.S. studio operation.
PREMIUM, July 31: Cathy Payne, the CEO of Endemol Worldwide Distribution (EWD), talks to World Screen Newsflash about EWD’s new slate of shows, managing rights effectively, and the much anticipated return of Mr. Bean.
MUNICH, July 31: Net profit for ProSiebenSat.1 Group in Q2 was 108.1 million euros ($144.6 million), 3.6 percent higher than the year-ago period, on revenues that rose 10.6 percent to 691.1 million ($924.6 million).
SILVER SPRING, July 31: While revenues at its U.S. networks dipped slightly in the second quarter to $777 million, Discovery Communications' international networks were up by 23 percent to $802 million.
PARIS, July 31: David Stapf, the president of CBS Television Studios, and Armando Nuñez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, are on board to deliver a joint keynote address as part of MIPCOM's Media Mastermind Keynote series.
NEW YORK, July 31: Robert Halmi Sr., the prolific TV producer who founded RHI Entertainment, passed away yesterday at the age of 90.
LUXEMBOURG/DENVER, July 31: RTL Group has entered into an agreement with the current shareholders of SpotXchange to purchase a 65-percent majority stake in the U.S. video advertising monetization company for 107 million euros ($144 million).
ENGLEWOOD, July 31: Second-quarter net income at Starz rose to $69 million on revenues of $410.1 million, with the premium channel operator reporting a gain of 100,000 subs since Q1.
LONDON, July 31: The reality competition series King of the Nerds, which airs in the U.S. on TBS, is set for a local version on Sky 1 in the U.K.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) and Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect) are executive producing a new original comedy series, Resident Advisors, for Paramount Digital Entertainment.
ATLANTA, July 31: TNT has ordered a third season of the real-life crime series Cold Justice, produced by Wolf Reality and Magical Elves.
ISTANBUL, July 31: Global Agency has taken on the international format rights for the Constantin Entertainment dating show Flirt or Fiasco.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: DISCOP Africa is to honor Ivory Coast at the upcoming Johannesburg-set event, taking place November 5 to 7.
LONDON, July 31: Hopster, a U.K.-based OTT service for kids, has secured an exclusive deal to stream The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, two films based on the popular children's books by Julia Donaldson.
MIAMI, July 31: Telemundo Internacional has secured a deal with Chilevision that sees the Chilean broadcaster acquiring formats and other Telemundo productions to air on the channel.
LONDON, July 31: Scripps Networks International has lined up three new original commissions for Food Network in the U.K. and EMEA, featuring the popular chefs Reza Mahammad and Siba Mtongana.
VICTORIA, July 31: The Irish channel TG4 has licensed the format rights for the children's wildlife series World Animal Championships (WAC) from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).
NEW YORK, July 31: The children's comedy 1001 Nights, produced by Canada's Big Bad Boo Studios, has secured a slot on TV Jamaica, where it is set for a weekly run on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
VANCOUVER, July 31: The Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted Tara Kemes from director of talent development to the newly created post of VP of culture and talent.
LONDON, July 30: Driven in part by its broadcast of this year's World Cup, British commercial broadcaster ITV saw its revenues for the first half of the year rise by 7 percent to £1.2 billion ($2 billion), with pre-tax adjusted profit up 16 percent to £312 million ($527 million).
PARIS, July 30: Media mogul Simon Cowell is being honored as the Personality of the Year at MIPCOM, where he will give a keynote interview in the Grand Auditorium on Monday, October 13.
LONDON, July 30: Over-the-top TV revenues across Asia Pacific are expected to rise to $10.2 billion in 2020, up from $2.7 billion last year, with ad-supported platforms leading the charge, according to Digital TV Research.
DALLAS, July 30: Netflix has agreed to pay AT&T for a direct connection to its network, a move that is meant to ensure the smooth delivery of streaming video.
PARIS, July 30: The French media regulator Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has rejected requests from TF1, M6 and CANAL+ to switch three channels from pay TV to free-to-air.
NEW YORK, July 30: Roberto Irineu Marinho, the chairman and CEO of Globo Group of Companies, is to receive the 2014 International Emmy Directorate Award.
NEW YORK, July 30: Nick Thorogood, the senior VP of content and marketing for the U.K. and EMEA at Scripps Networks International, talks about the “great performers, passionate travelers and talented chefs” he’s looking for to front Scripps’ EMEA commissions, and offers up some tips for producers aiming to land a commission on the channels he oversees.
GLENDALE, July 30: DreamWorks Animation reported a loss of $15.4 million for the second quarter, compared to a prior-year profit of $22.3 million.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: IM Global has established a TV production and distribution operation, IM Global Television, which is led by former Syfy president Mark Stern.
SINGAPORE, July 30: Universal Networks International's female-skewing DIVA channel in Asia is set to launch a weekday two-hour programming block featuring telenovelas from Telemundo.
SANTA MONICA, July 30: Nickelodeon has greenlit the new live-action comedy 100 Things to Do Before High School, which comes from Big Time Rush creator and executive producer Scott Fellows.