LONDON, June 30: The BBC Trust has given its provisional approval to moving BBC Three to an online-only service, but is not backing the launch of a +1 channel for BBC One.
LONDON, June 30: A new report from SNL Kagan, which has expanded its coverage to include key markets in Europe, finds that with the slowing U.S. ad market and rising programming costs, major media conglomerates are increasingly eyeing the European pay-TV channels business.
PARIS, June 30: Vivendi has acquired an 80 percent stake in the online video platform Dailymotion from Orange, for 217 million euros ($243 million).
HOLLYWOOD, June 30: Lee Daniels, co-creator and executive producer of Empire, has inked a multiyear overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, under which he will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio.
UNIVERSAL CITY/MEXICO CITY, June 30: Backlash over Donald Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants continues to grow, with both NBC and Mexico’s Televisa dumping the beauty pageants the business magnate produces.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 30: The Southeast Asian internet TV service iflix is building up its catalogue through new content deals signed with Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), in addition to scoring titles from Starz Digital.
SEATTLE, June 30: Amazon has scored new Masterpiece programming to make exclusive for Prime members, including the dramas Grantchester, Poldark and Wolf Hall.
LOS ANGELES/LONDON, June 30: CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has licensed the first-window broadcast rights for the event series ZOO, based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson, into the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and a host of other markets.
LONDON, June 30: David Bouchier, a veteran of the European pay-TV industry, has been tapped as Virgin Media's first chief digital entertainment officer.
TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, June 30: Syfy has given a third-season greenlight to the werewolf drama Bitten.
MIAMI, June 30: NBC Universo is set to air the original USA Network series Suits in Spanish starting next month.
BALTIMORE/LOS ANGELES, June 30: Sinclair Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) are working together to jointly create, develop, distribute and air a science-fiction multi-channel network, set to launch this fall.
BURBANK, June 30: The Walt Disney Company is combining its consumer products and interactive units to form Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI).
NEW YORK, June 30: Carmi Zlotnik, the managing director of Starz, tells World Screen Newsflash about the strategy behind the channel's increasing slate of original drama fare.
TORONTO, June 30: Corus Entertainment has rolled out TreehouseGO, the first in a series of TV Everywhere apps for its children’s brands.
AUSTIN, June 30: Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has created a new digital platform, The People's Network, to allow creators, makers and fans to showcase their creative talents.
TORONTO, June 30: Mission: 4Count, a music reality series from Tricon Kids & Family, is slated to begin airing on TeenNick this summer.
SILVER SPRING, June 30: Discovery Family has snapped up the U.S. rights for Dream Defenders, a 26x22-minute animated series made by Tiny Island Productions.
LONDON, June 30: Sky has ordered Prison: First and Last 24 Hours, an 8x44-minute documentary series, from STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment.
SILVER SPRING, June 30: Discovery Channel will soon begin airing Cuban Chrome, a new documentary series from Pilgrim Studios that marks the first U.S. TV show to be filmed entirely on location in Cuba.
SUNNYVALE, June 30: The educational app-based service PlayKids has launched in Japan, right on the heels of a $15 million investment from mobile commerce platform Movile.
STOCKHOLM, June 30: Eccho Rights has signed four new European agreements for the entertainment format Eei Eei Oh!, focused on people and their pets.
NEW YORK, June 30: Iconix Entertainment's Pororo the Little Penguin, Chiro and Ta yo the Little Bus are now available in multiple languages on Oznoz, an ad-free online channel for bilingual children in the U.S. and Canada.
LAUSANNE, June 29: All TV and multiplatform broadcast rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2018–2024 period have been awarded to Discovery Communications, the parent company of Eurosport, in a deal valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.45 billion).
LONDON, June 29: The total number of paying subscribers for Netflix is expected to reach 69.9 million by the end of this year, with a 57 percent increase in international subs.
SYDNEY, June 29: Foxtel has made a series of changes within its senior management, including Ross Crowley being promoted to a new role in content strategy, rights and negotiations.
BALTIMORE/LOS ANGELES, June 29: The Tornante Company has formed a joint venture with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire, create, develop, produce and distribute first-run syndicated programming for the U.S. TV market.
HONG KONG, June 29: Celestial Tiger Entertainment is planning to launch an OTT channel for its action entertainment brand KIX.
NEW YORK, June 29: World Screen Newsflash looks at the game-show format BOOM!, based on an Israeli concept from Ido Rosenblum, July August Productions and Keshet Broadcasting, and sold around the world by Keshet International.
ATLANTA, June 29: Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. have signed a multi-series deal that will see nearly 450 half-hours of new original content air on the rebranded Boomerang network.
LONDON, June 29: FOX Sports Latin America has extended its agreement with Formula E for the exclusive media rights for the Formula E Championship live in Latin America, including Brazil, through the 2019–2020 season.
LONDON, June 29: Sky is bolstering its family-friendly entertainment offering with a new dedicated mobile app for children that is scheduled to launch in 2016, and is also soon to appoint its first-ever head of kids' content.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29: A new three-year partnership between National Geographic, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand will see the work of the men and women stationed at Scott Base in Antarctica documented across multiple platforms.
ATLANTA, June 29: Cartoon Network has named Playmates Toys as the global master toy partner for the new version of the hit animated franchise Ben 10.
TORONTO, June 29: 9 Story Media Group has signed a number of sales agreements for nearly 350 half-hours of kids' and family programming with broadcasters in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.
LONDON, June 29: Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has secured carriage with UPC Poland for Polsat Food Network HD.
LONDON, June 29: CAKE has picked up the international distribution rights outside the U.S. for Ready Jet Go!, a new animated PBS Kids show produced by Wind Dancer Films.
SINGAPORE, June 29: MediaCorp has set up a dedicated digital group to focus on online products and services, to be led by Shane Mitchell.
BURBANK, June 29: Disney Junior has released more than 100 episodes of the series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on WATCH Disney Junior and the WATCH Disney Junior app.
LOS ANGELES, June 29: VOD service Kabillion has partnered with advertising technology outfit Canoe to implement dynamic ad insertion (DAI) into its programming.
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26: As part of the events of the 2015 International Academy Day in Rio de Janeiro, World Screen's Anna Carugati moderated a debate between Silvio de Abreu, the head of drama at Globo, and Cláudio Torres, founding partner and director of Conspiração Filmes.
NEW YORK, June 26: AMC Networks has restructured its AMC Studios operation to function as a stand-alone unit, which will be led by Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt.
LOS ANGELES, June 26: Brian Sullivan, who for the past five years served as the CEO of Sky Deutschland, has been tapped for a newly created post at Fox Networks Group as president of digital.
LOS ANGELES, June 26: Cinedigm Corp. has made a minority investment in Shout! Factory, coming as part of a wide-ranging partnership that will see the relaunch of the OTT digital channel Shout! Factory TV.
UNIVERSAL CITY, June 26: NBC is giving the 1960s-set drama Aquarius, which stars David Duchovny, a second season.