LONDON, December 9: ZenithOptimedia is forecasting that global ad spending will see the strongest sustained period of growth in ten years, with mobile technology leading the way and TV as the second largest contributor.
NEW YORK/ROME, December 9: A+E Networks has set up a Rome-based company to launch and operate branded channels and service in Italy: A+E Networks Italy.
UNTERFÖHRING, December 9: Sky Deutschland has secured the extension of broadcasting rights for the UEFA Champions League in Germany through 2018, and will show 146 matches live per season, 128 of them exclusively.
LONDON, December 9: The BBC is planning to launch five new subscription-free HD channels tomorrow, with BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.
NEW YORK, December 9: Jane Root, the founder and chief executive of Nutopia, talks about how America The Story of Us spurred a format that has now been sold into several markets.
LONDON, December 9: Sky Vision Productions is working on a one-hour documentary about Typhoon Haiyan for Sky 1 HD in the U.K., and will co-produce a U.S. version with the producers of the PBS science series NOVA.
HONG KONG, December 9: Celestial Tiger Entertainment has sold more than 700 hours of series and films from Lionsgate to MediaCorp's OTT platform Toggle.
BEVERLY HILLS, December 9: Netflix members in the U.K. and Ireland are gaining access to a wide range of Cartoon Network and Cartoonito series, including Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show and LazyTown.
BURBANK, December 9: Legendary Television and Digital has worked out a multi-year multiplatform deal with Red Hour Films, which was founded by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, to develop and produce exclusive content for TV and digital.
TORONTO, December 9: 9 Story Entertainment has licensed Teenage Fairytale Dropouts, an animated pre-teen show, to broadcasters around the globe.
BURBANK, December 9: The ABC Television Network has inked a deal with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions that sees the iconic Charlie Brown holiday specials continuing to air on the channel until 2020.
PALISADES PARK, December 9: Broadcasters in 160-plus territories around the world have signed up to air the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, which will be shown live on NBC in the U.S. on January 12.
LOS ANGELES, December 9: Rich Frank, a veteran entertainment executive, has become an investor and shareholder for BabyFirst's board of directors.
LOS ANGELES, December 9: Endemol Studios has signed its first pod deal with Christina Wayne and her Assembly Entertainment outfit to develop and produce scripted projects.
NEW YORK, December 6: Broadcasters around the world have planned special programming to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, including Discovery, which has prepared the hour-long documentary The Making of Mandela to air in 224 countries.
NEW YORK, December 6: The statistics portal Statista has found that among Americans between the ages of 18 and 36, 46 percent of paid subscribers choose cable, while 43 percent are Netflix users.
LONDON, December 6: NBCUniversal has decided to shut down The Style Network in the U.K., where it has been operating since 2008.
UNTERFÖHRING, December 6: Sky Deutschland has purchased Constantin Sport's production company Plazamedia, along with acquiring a minority stake in Sport1 and Constantin Sport Marketing.
UNTERFÖHRING, December 6: Seasoned television execs Taco Ketelaar and Kaspar Pflueger are on board to join the Sat.1 programming team in early 2014.
MONTREAL, December 6: Bell Media has devised the programming roster for its upcoming Canal D/Investigation channel, a French-language service specializing in factual programming about the world of crime.
LONDON, December 6: BBC Two has signed up for Tubby and Enid, an upcoming television drama based on Victoria Wood's stage play That Day We Sang.
VIENNA, December 6: ORF-Enterprise scored a slew of sales at the 38th German Screenings, which wrapped up this week at Hotel Le Meridien in Vienna.
LONDON, December 6: Early next year, Channel 5 is set to premiere a number of documentaries, such as Baby Faced Brides, that share the underlying theme of love.
NEW YORK, December 6: Based on analysis from Panjiva of the shipment trends of various buzzed-about toys, Sofia the First has emerged as the top new toy U.S. retailers are betting will sell this holiday season.
LONDON, December 6: Channel 4 has ordered another two seasons of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, a lifestyle show led by British architect George Clarke.
SÃO PAULO, December 6: Starting this month, Globo’s popular telenovela The Life We Lead will begin airing in the U.S. on MundoFOX.
TORONTO, December 6: This January, Corus Entertainment's YTV is slated to begin airing Numb Chucks, from the 9 Story Entertainment catalogue.
LONDON, December 6: Scripps Networks International has unveiled that Travel Channel is now being offered on nc+, making it available on all major platforms in Poland.
LOS ANGELES, December 6: E! has a new series headed to its schedule, Botched, which features two plastic surgeons as they work to undo ill-fated cosmetic procedures.
NEW YORK, December 6: Nickelodeon has come out with Team Umizoomi: Math Racer, an educational preschool application that promotes early mathematical skills.