SEATTLE, April 23: A new licensing agreement between Amazon and HBO makes Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for a range of HBO programming, including True Blood.
NEW YORK, April 23: According to Experian Marketing Services, an estimated 7.6 million U.S. homes are considered cord-cutters, an increase of 44 percent in the past four years.
NEW YORK/MIAMI, April 23: A+E Networks Latin America and Sony Pictures Television are bringing the Lifetime network to countries across Latin America, including Brazil, as of July.
BALI, April 23: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia is teaming up with SMIT to bring the edutainment service My Nick Jr. to China, where it will be delivered as an OTT offering.
BALI, April 23: FOX has a 94-percent brand awareness amongst pay-TV subs across Europe, Asia and Latin America, outscoring the likes of Discovery, Disney and others in a recent survey, Hernan Lopez, president and CEO of FOX International Channels (FIC), announced in an address at the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Bali.
LOS ANGELES, April 23: Maker Studios is teaming up with the lifestyle brand NYLON to collaborate on original programming, the first of which will be the drama Oh, You Pretty Things!, starring Francesca Eastwood.
TORONTO, April 23: Next month, Corus Entertainment's YTV is slated to begin airing Cook'd, a new cooking competition from Temple Street Productions.
NEW YORK, April 22: Borgia’s Tom Fontana and The Mentalist’s Chris Long took part in a Media Mastermind Keynote: Creatives Talk session at MIPTV, moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati.
BALI, April 22: As Asia's multichannel industry convenes in Bali this week for the Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS), a key topic will be how the business can move beyond the region's 52-percent pay-TV penetration rate against a backdrop of slowing subscriber gains, with just 26 million net new additions in 2013, the lowest annual growth rate since 2007.
PHILADELPHIA, April 22: NBCUniversal saw a 29-percent increase in revenue in the first quarter and a 38-percent gain in operating cash flow, thanks to the Sochi Olympics, which generated $1.1 billion in revenue.
DALLAS/LOS ANGELES, April 22: The Chernin Group is partnering with AT&T to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services, with more than $500 million committed in financing for the new joint venture.
LOS GATOS, April 22: Netflix, which reported first-quarter earnings and revenue that were up from a year ago, is planning to increase prices for new subscribers by $1 to $2 per month, depending on the country.
NEW YORK, April 22: Travel Channel has unveiled its new development slate, which features pilots for eight original series, including MY Tupelo Entertainment's Breaking Borders (working title).
SINGAPORE, April 22: As part of its ongoing efforts to combat piracy, HBO Asia will start premiering all HBO and Cinemax original content in the region less than 24 hours after the U.S. broadcast.
LOS ANGELES, April 22: The recently premiered HBO comedy Silicon Valley has been renewed for a second season, while the network’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle Veep got the go-ahead for a fourth season.
TEL AVIV, April 22: A German version of the factual entertainment format The Package is in production, thanks to a deal between ProSiebenSat.1 and Armoza Formats.
WEST PALM BEACH, April 22: ION Television has acquired the off-network rights for the police drama Rookie Blue from Disney/ABC Television Group.
LOS ANGELES, April 22: BET Networks and Telepictures are partnering on a new daily talk show, The Keke Palmer Project (working title), which is slated for a July launch on the channel.
TORONTO, April 22: Next month, W Network is due to debut Shannon & Sophie, a reality show centered on Gene Simmons Family Jewels' Shannon and Sophie Tweed-Simmons, the respective wife and daughter of KISS rocker Gene Simmons.
ULTIMO, April 22: Nowhere Boys, an action-packed sci-fi teen series, has been picked up for a sophomore run on ABC3 in Australia.
NEW YORK, April 22: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on to produce next year's Academy Awards, marking the third consecutive time the seasoned pair is producing the star-studded show.
PHILADELPHIA, April 22: Wicked Cool Toys has picked up the worldwide rights to produce and market a line of toys based on the comics character Garfield.
ARLINGTON, April 22: PBS Kids has launched an original, science-themed web property called Plum Landing, along with an accompanying mobile app called Plum’s Photo Hunt.
HONG KONG, April 22: Ex-Universal Networks International programming director Marianne Lee is joining Turner International Asia Pacific in May to serve as the pan-regional broadcast group's VP of general entertainment content.
NEW YORK, April 22: Viacom vet Matt Califano has been named Spike TV’s new VP of program scheduling.
STOCKHOLM, April 22: SVT veteran Stefan Baron has become the new head of international co-productions at MTG's Nice Entertainment Group and executive producer for Nice Drama.
STOCKHOLM, April 22: Michael Fleischer, the managing director at SF Film in Denmark, and Guttorm Petterson, the managing director at SF Norge in Norway, are leaving their positions within Svensk Filmindustri.
NEW YORK, April 21: World Screen’s Anna Carugati moderated a panel in Cannes about the wealth of scripted formats coming out of Israel.
BURBANK, April 21: Former Sony Pictures Television international chief Michael Grindon has been tapped to lead the new worldwide distribution division at Legendary Television, reporting to Bruce Rosenblum.
SILVER SPRING, April 21: Discovery Channel has canceled its Everest Jump Live special, following a deadly avalanche that claimed the lives of 13 people.