PREMIUM, May 17: To paraphrase what the English writer Samuel Johnson purportedly said about marriage, being an indie supplier in today’s international TV market is the triumph of hope over experience. These folks don’t get a lot of love from prospective customers, and even when they do close deals, it’s not generally for the money they might have wished.
STOCKHOLM, May 17: SBS Discovery Media has purchased the Swedish channel TV11 from the TV4 Group, with the takeover scheduled to be complete June 1.
NEW YORK, May 17: The CW's Reign, a period drama about a teenage Mary, Queen of Scots, generated overwhelmingly positive comments in social media, according to research by Networked Insights.
BEVERLY HILLS, May 17: Off the back of Skyfall and The Hobbit, MGM posted first-quarter revenues of $481.7 million, more than double the amount posted in the year-ago period.
NEW YORK, May 17: In this video interview, Bob Higgins, the executive VP of FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, sits down with us to discuss the growth of the company over the last few years.
HONG KONG/HANOI, May 17: A Vietnamese multichannel TV provider has stopped carrying more than 20 international channels, including CNN and BBC World News, as a result of confusion over the country's new pay-TV regulations.
NEW YORK, May 17: After more than 40 years on CBS, coverage of the US Open is moving to ESPN in 2015, with the pay-TV sports behemoth clinching an 11-year deal for the tennis tournament.
LONDON, May 17: The number of digital TV homes in Eastern Europe will almost double between 2012 and 2018, reaching 121 million, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.
STRASBOURG, May 17: The European Audiovisual Observatory has found that there are now 3,087 on-demand content services operating across Europe.
NEW YORK, May 17: The soaps All My Children and One Life to Live, which recently moved online after some 40 years on broadcast television, will stop producing daily episodes, shifting instead to premiering two new episodes every week.
LONDON, May 17: After having served as CEO of Shine International on an interim basis since September 2012, Nadine Nohr has officially been appointed to fill the post permanently.
NEW YORK, May 17: Syfy has placed an order for a six-episode fifth season of Warehouse 13, which will be the final installment for the series.
LOS ANGELES, May 17: Lifetime is scheduled to premiere the scripted movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret and the documentary Jodi Arias: Beyond the Headlines, focused on Jodi Arias' murder trial.
ISTANBUL, May 17: The Global Agency reality cooking format Rivals-in-Law has been licensed by a pair of broadcasters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
MUNICH, May 17: The brand-management and media company m4e quadrupled its EBITDA year on year, to 2.2 million euros ($2.8 million).
BUDAPEST, May 17: The authenticated VOD service HBO GO is now available to customers of blizoo, the largest cable operator in Bulgaria.
STOCKHOLM, May 17: The Swedish feature film production company Sonet Film has launched a new entity focused on producing projects for television, Sonet Television.
NEW YORK, May 17: During its Upfront presentation, the English-language Latino-targeted network NUVOtv announced an expansive programming lineup as well as the appointment of Jennifer Lopez as its new chief creative officer.
ALBUQUERQUE, May 17: In January 2014 ReelzChannel is slated to air the never-before-seen third season of Steven Seagal Lawman, which chronicles the action-movie star's experiences as a law-enforcement professional.
GLENDALE, May 17: Based on Turbo, an upcoming summer movie about a super fast snail, DreamWorks Animation has launched the Turbo Racing League App and a $1 million Shell-Out contest presented by Verizon.
NEW YORK, May 17: Exim Licensing has signed two new licensing partners in Paraguay for AG Properties' Strawberry Shortcake, which has also prompted contract extensions from existing licensees in the region.
LONDON, May 17: Peter Hutton, who previously ran ESPN and STAR Sports' now-defunct Asian joint venture, has been tapped as the COO of MP & Silva Group, which distributes the media rights to a host of sporting events.
SANTA MONICA, May 17: The U.S. arts network Ovation has tapped Jason Black as its new VP of original programming and head of digital media.
NEW YORK, May 17: CBS Studios International (CBSSI) will be presenting international buyers with the new CBS comedies The Millers and We Are Men and the drama Reckless, alongside a pair of shows that made it to The CW.
NEW YORK, May 17: The ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is among the new shows Disney Media Distribution (DMD) will be screening in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK, May 17: Seven new shows picked up by U.S. networks for 2013-14 hail from the NBCUniversal Television Distribution catalogue, among them the comedy About a Boy.
NEW YORK, May 17: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) will be screening a slew of new shows for buyers, including the NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show.
NEW YORK, May 17: Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution’s L.A. Screenings lineup includes 24: Live Another Day, a limited series that reunites showrunner Howard Gordon with Kiefer Sutherland.
NEW YORK, May 17: International buyers can look forward to screening such shows as Almost Human, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, from the Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) catalogue.
NEW YORK, May 16: World Screen's guide to the 2013-14 season is now available, featuring the prime-time grids for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW; pop-up trailers; descriptions and credits for each new and returning show; and a listing of series by studio.