DALLAS, January 23: Parks Associates estimates that 17 percent of U.S. broadband homes are likely to subscribe to HBO's stand-alone OTT service, with the upcoming platform set to "create competitive challenges for all ecosystem players, including Netflix, Amazon and pay-TV providers."
NEW YORK, January 23: Sports networks will continue to drive up costs for pay-TV platforms, an SNL Kagan study indicates, with the average fee per channel haven risen by a compound annual growth rate of 5.1 percent since 2000 and a 7.3 percent CAGR forecast from 2014 to 2018.
LONDON/BERLIN, January 23: FremantleMedia is now the majority shareholder in the European MCN Divimove, upping its stake to 51 percent as it looks to expand its efforts in discovering and developing online talent.
MIAMI, January 23: Rod Perth, the president and CEO of NATPE, tells World Screen Newsflash that the events of the three-day market and conference in Miami were “very gratifying” in that they truly exemplified the theme of “Content Without Borders.”
NEW YORK, January 23: World Screen Newsflash surveys executives from DHX Media, Mediatoon Distribution, Cyber Group Studios, Entertainment One Family and Mondo TV on the latest trends in children's content distribution.
LOS ANGELES, January 23: Endemol Studios' Additional Dialogue has scored the rights to adapt Lauren Beukes' suspense thriller Broken Monsters for television.
GLENDALE, January 23: DreamWorks Animation has announced a new strategy for its feature-film animation business, reducing the number of titles it releases a year from three to two in order to "maximize its creative talent and resources, reduce costs and drive profitability."
MIAMI, January 23: BBC Worldwide has inked a new content deal with TV Cultura that will see such hit series as Doctor Who and Sherlock airing on the Brazilian free-TV broadcaster.
LOS ANGELES, January 23: The online video company Fullscreen has set up a new division to develop and produce feature-length films featuring "influential digital talent."
MUNICH, January 23: Tele München Gruppe (TMG) is working with the team behind the feature film Das unsichtbare Mädchen on a six-part drama inspired by a real-life narcotics agent accused of being involved in trafficking cocaine.
MIAMI, January 23: Intro Pictures (a.k.a. IoIo Filmes) has entered into a deal with Cisneros Media Distribution to adapt the series DeMente Criminal (Criminal MasterMind) in Brazil.
SEOUL, January 23: CJ E&M is planning to invest $15 million to develop animated content this year through a newly established division targeting the global market that launches with the kids' series Robot Trains RT.
LONDON, January 23: Cineflix Rights has picked up a pair of new titles, one from Canada's Yap Films and one from South Africa's Hive Content.
LONDON, January 23: all3media international has signed an exclusive first-look distribution agreement with 2le media, a U.K.-based producer that was co-founded by Michael Livingstone and Tom Thostrup in 2011.
EDMONTON, January 23: Canada's Super Channel has revealed that 34 feature films and docs are being financed through the Super Channel Development Fund.
LOS ANGELES, January 23: NBC has greenlit a second season of the cooking competition Food Fighters, which is repped by Electus International.
NEW YORK, January 23: Indie producer MY Entertainment has signed an exclusive development deal with Zak Bagans, creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s paranormal series Ghost Adventures.
LOS ANGELES, January 23: Rachel Rusch, formerly with Fabrik Entertainment, has joined FOX as VP of event series, reporting to David Madden, the network's president of entertainment.
LONDON, January 23: DRG has upped Noel Hedges, formerly the company’s head of acquisitions, to the newly created role of executive VP of content.
SILVER SPRING/NEW YORK, January 23: Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorensen have been tapped to lead Discovery Channel's new production and development unit in New York.
NEW YORK, January 23: Syfy has appointed Andie Beckerman as VP of alternative development and production as it looks to build its unscripted entertainment portfolio.
NEW YORK, January 23: AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Latin America has named several new executives for its marketing and communications, legal and human resources divisions.
NEW YORK, January 23: Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have teamed up for the release of SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run, an endless runner mobile game based on the upcoming The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which hits theaters February 6.
SILVER SPRING, January 23: The Enfagrow Toddler Bowl, which sees little ones participate in a variety of activities, is slated for broadcast on TLC, Discovery Life Channel and Discovery Family Channel on the same day as the Super Bowl.
MIAMI, January 22: FOX International Channels' Hernan Lopez, Viacom's Bob Bakish and Sony Pictures Television's Andy Kaplan said that the global pay-TV channels business is as healthy as ever in a NATPE session today moderated by World Screen's Anna Carugati.
MIAMI, January 22: In conversation with World Screen's Anna Carugati at a NATPE session this morning, José Antonio Bastón, president of television and content at Televisa, listed Univision, co-productions, formats and digital platforms among the greatest growth opportunities for the Mexican media powerhouse.
LOS ANGELES, January 22: The CBS procedural NCIS: New Orleans currently ranks as the most-watched new drama series since the 2004-05 season, according to Nielsen figures.
LOS ANGELES, January 22: NBC has given a pilot order for Game of Silence, based on the Turkish drama Suskunlar.
NEW YORK, January 22: In this video interview, which is available with subtitles in Spanish, Mandarin and French, Armando Nuñez, the president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group, and David Stapf, the president of CBS Television Studios, talk to World Screen Newsflash about the enduring popularity of procedurals, extending hit franchises and producing shows with long-lasting appeal.
LOS ANGELES, January 22: The latest original series to join Hulu’s roster is a half-hour comedy from Freddie Wong and RocketJump, the team behind the YouTube series Video Game High School.
LONDON/NEW YORK, January 22: A new seven-year pact has been signed that expands the range of ESPN content available on BT Sport.
MIAMI, January 22: Keshet International has clinched another Latin American slot for its game show BOOM!, with Argentina's Telefe picking up the rights to produce its own version for premiere this fall.
SEATTLE, January 22: All ten episodes of Amazon's Golden Globe-winning original series Transparent will be made available for non-subscribers to watch this Saturday.
MIAMI, January 22: Uruguay’s Teledoce has nabbed Globo’s Precious Pearl, which last year won the International Emmy for best telenovela.
SHERMAN OAKS, January 22: TV, commercial and digital producer/director Brian Neal has signed a first-look agreement with ITV Studios America to create, develop and produce projects through his company Thought Pirates.
MANHATTAN BEACH, January 22: Indie producer Eyeworks USA, which was originally founded as 3 Ball Productions, is rebranding as 3 Ball Entertainment, putting in place a new corporate structure.
BURBANK, January 22: Disney XD has greenlit Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, a new live-action comedy series that features the popular Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce.
NEW YORK, January 22: Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to film expeditions to the ocean floor, kicking off with a special looking into the recently discovered wreckage of German U-boat-576.
TEL AVIV, January 22: By Invitation Only, a celebrity entertainment show from the Armoza Formats catalogue, is getting a second season on TVA in French-speaking Canada.
TORONTO, January 22: Takahiro Hamano, a senior producer in the programming department for Japan’s NHK, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Doc Mogul Award for this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
SILVER SPRING, January 22: This Sunday, Discovery Family Channel is set to premiere the two-hour special Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, which imagines what the world would be like if dragons existed.
LONDON, January 22: Travel Channel has ordered the tentatively titled documentary Rob Bell’s Mega Marathon Challenge, due out in April across all U.K. and EMEA feeds.
LONDON, January 22: Really, UKTV's free-to-air entertainment channel, has lined up 10x60-minute second and third seasons of the popular ghost-hunting series Most Haunted.
PARIS, January 22: Gedeon Programmes has named Virginie Guibbaud as producer of documentaries and docudrama, and Marie Thiry as producer of new media, while Sarah Verdier joins the company to assist Thiry.
HÖHENKIRCHEN/MUNICH, January 22: Simba Dickie Group has signed on as the master toy partner for the new CGI series Wissper in Europe, CIS, the Middle East and North Africa.