STAMFORD/NEW YORK, May 26: Charter Communications has entered into a deal to merge its assets with Time Warner Cable (TWC), in an agreement that values TWC at $78.7 billion.
CAMPBELL, May 26: Global pay-TV subscribers increased to nearly 800 million in 2014, led by, for the first time ever, the OTT segment.
LONDON, May 26: ITV has commissioned the feature-length film Churchill’s Secret, which will also air on PBS in the U.S., with Michael Gambon tapped for the lead role.
NEW YORK, May 26: In this video interview, Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Olivier Martinez talk about the experience of filming this ambitious project and dealing with all the dust and dirt that went along with it.
LONDON, May 26: Buccaneer Media is working on a spin-off TV series of the sci-fi adventure movie Robot Overlords.
LOS ANGELES, May 26: FX has ordered a ten-episode first season of Kurt Sutter's period drama The Bastard Executioner for its fall schedule.
ANAHEIM, May 26: Canada's Space has ordered a third season of the original supernatural drama series Bitten, with Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) on board to return in the lead role.
TEL AVIV, May 26: Keshet International has licensed the romantic comedy The Baker and the Beauty for a local remake in Greece, where it will air on Ant1 TV.
LONDON, May 26: Passion Distribution has placed the U.S. competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race with broadcasters around the world.
PARIS/LOS ANGELES, May 26: Turner Broadcasting System Europe has acquired Prime Entertainment Group's bio series Hollywood's Best Film Directors for TMC (Turner Movie Classics) in the U.K.
TORONTO, May 26: 9 Story Media Group has licensed the sophomore season of the hit preschool program Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood to Disney Junior Latin America.
SÃO PAULO, May 26: Globo’s International Emmy-winning novela Precious Pearl has been picked up in Canada, premiering on that country’s Omni channel.
SINGAPORE, May 26: Production has commenced on the new HBO Asia original series Halfworlds, an eight-part thriller due out later this year.
SINGAPORE, May 26: The bilingual, multiplatform portal Toggle has introduced a new comedy destination, Toggle Laughs.
TORONTO, May 26: Production has begun on the tentatively titled The Music Room, a musical tween drama from the creator of the hit series The Next Step.
NEW YORK, May 26: A localized version of SPI International/FilmBox's factual channel DocuBox HD has begun airing exclusively on Orange TV in Romania.
DUBLIN, May 26: Monster Entertainment has licensed a handful of non-verbal animated series to broadcasters and VOD platforms in Europe, North America and South America.
ALBUQUERQUE, May 26: Reelz has named Andrea Jomides, who has been with the network since 2013, as VP of distribution.
LOS ANGELES, May 26: Toon Goggles is revamping its HTML5 app for smart TVs and set-top boxes, adding a music feature, a new user interface and a 4K content category.
LOS ANGELES, May 22: Mad Men is no more, so get ready for Mad Dogs—this latter show apparently has bite with international program buyers; further, it's emblematic of the changes sweeping the international TV biz.
NEW YORK, May 22: Wrapping up its analysis of social-media buzz following the network Upfronts, The WIT reveals that the midseason replacements DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment are The CW’s most anticipated new series.
SANTA MONICA/VANCOUVER, May 22: Lionsgate reported net income of $19.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, a decline of nearly 60 percent from the year-ago period.
TORONTO, May 22: CTV has secured a number of new U.S. series for its 2015-16 schedule, among them the conspiracy drama Quantico and Greg Berlanti's mystery thriller Blindspot.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 22: Netflix has picked up A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola, for a December launch in all its territories.
SYDNEY, May 22: Australia’s Seven Network is beefing up its commitment to delivering major live sporting events, launching a "40 Days of Sports" initiative that will include free dedicated apps and an expanded streaming presence.
NEW YORK, May 22: Jean-Philippe Randisi, the CEO of Zodiak Kids, and Michael Carrington, the CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios, sat down with World Screen Newsflash to discuss the newly formed Zodiak Kids Studios venture.
LONDON, May 22: Following the launch this month of BBC First in the Netherlands, BBC Worldwide will roll out the channel in Belgium on June 4.
NEW YORK, May 22: Hans Ulrich Stoef, the CEO of m4e, talks to World Screen Newsflash about how the company has set itself on a path to becoming a European powerhouse in kids' entertainment.
NEW YORK, May 22: Fuse Media, which owns U.S. networks Fuse and NUVOtv, has inked a multiyear production agreement with comedian Gabriel Iglesias for the development of several new original titles.
CANNES, May 22: As part of a push to expand its TV division, Ealing Studios has secured a significant stake in production outfit GreenAcre Films.
TEL AVIV, May 22: Turkish broadcaster ATV has ordered a local version of The People's Choice, a prime-time entertainment show from the Armoza Formats catalogue.
EL SEGUNDO, May 22: DIRECTV is releasing a kids’ app aimed at children 5 to 10 offering family-friendly TV shows and movies from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, Starz, Sprout and more.
LONDON, May 22: BBC One has commissioned a third season of Count Arthur Strong, a comedy series created by and starring Steve Delaney.
PARIS/DUBLIN, May 22: Rebellion, a five-part drama produced by Zodiak Media Ireland and Touchpaper Television in association with Element Pictures, is slated for broadcast on RTÉ One.
HILVERSUM, May 22: Dutch digital channel RTL Telekids, part of the RTL Nederlands bouquet, has launched an e-book platform geared toward three different age ranges.
LONDON, May 22: Boj, a popular CBeebies series from Pesky Productions, has landed licensing agreements that will see the Australian character appear in magazines from Redan Publishing, Immediate Publishing and Kennedy Publishing.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: A single four-letter word has been on the lips of international buyers and Hollywood sellers all week during the L.A. Screenings marathon: SVOD.
NEW YORK, May 21: CBS’s Supergirl reigns supreme as the buzziest new show of the 2015-2016 season, The WIT reports in its latest analysis of social media indicators following last week’s network Upfronts.
NEW YORK, May 21: Anna Carugati, the group editorial director of World Screen, reflects on the legacy of late-night host David Letterman, whose final show aired on CBS last night.
LONDON, May 21: Channel 4 has purchased an equity stake in the production company Voltage TV, which was founded by former heads of Dragonfly Film and TV.
LONDON, May 21: The combined reach of international BBC content, both news and entertainment, for the 2014-15 year is a weekly global audience of 308 million people.
LOS ANGELES, May 21: Canada's CTV has acquired the 13-episode event series Zoo from CBS Studios International to air this summer.
NEW YORK, May 21: Herb Scannell has decided to step down as president of BBC Worldwide North America, with Ann Sarnoff, currently COO, taking over.
WARSAW, May 21: Michal Kozicki has been promoted from sales director to president of HBO Poland.
NEW YORK, May 21: EPIX has added to its roster of original scripted programming with two new series: Graves, from Lionsgate Television, and Berlin Station, from Paramount Television.