LONDON, July 29: Sky has reported an 18-percent increase in annual operating profit to £1.4 billion ($2.2 billion), and added nearly 1 million customers during the 12 months that ended June 30.
SEATTLE, July 29: Amazon is debuting two new dramatic pilots on August 7: Casanova, about the controversial 18th century playboy, and Sneaky Pete, which comes from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House creator David Shore.
LAUSANNE, July 29: Dentsu has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights, covering 22 countries in Asia, for the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024.
NEW YORK, July 29: Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have greenlit the new series Blood Drive, produced in the classic grindhouse movie tradition.
NEW YORK, July 29: David Lyle, the president of PactUS, discusses the plans for the recently established American organization dedicated to supporting the local production community.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, July 29: DramaFever has secured a multiyear licensing deal for TV series and movies from the CJ E&M catalogue.
NEW YORK, July 29: Simone Nardi, the CFO of Scripps' international business, met with World Screen Newsflash to discuss the company's recent global gains, as well as new opportunities popping up in various markets.
NEW YORK, July 29: The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) first annual Global Licensing Industry Survey reveals that the market for products bearing the trademarked names and likenesses of cartoon characters, corporate logos and brands, major sports teams and more generated an estimated $13.4 billion in royalty revenues on $241.5 billion in retail sales in 2014.
LONDON, July 29: MP & Silva has secured the media rights for LaLiga football in Scandinavia and Finland, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Japan.
MIAMI, July 29: Sesame Amigos, Sesame Street's first-ever Spanish-language show specifically made for U.S. viewers, has been produced by Sesame Workshop exclusively for Univision, where it is slated to begin airing later this summer.
TORONTO, July 29: The 23rd annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) will be held in Vienna this December, with Austria's ORF on board as host broadcaster.
LONDON, July 29: 7 Wonder has been commissioned by Channel 4 Features to produce Over My Dead Body, a tentatively titled health show led by English TV personality Davina McCall.
BONN, July 29: Thanks to an expanded partnership with Vietnamese telecommunications provider FPT, the new English channel from Deutsche Welle (DW) has joined FPT's OTT television service.
TORONTO, July 29: Shaftesbury, Super Channel and Chiller have teamed up and started production on the psychological thriller series Slasher.
LONDON, July 29: The Endemol Shine-backed digital distribution and VOD content marketing company MoMedia has inked a deal with Hasbro Studios to distribute the studio’s titles.
SILVER SPRING, July 29: Animal Planet has elevated Andy Weissberg to senior VP of programming, while Erin Wanner moves up to VP of production.
WARSAW, July 29: Two flagship movie channels from SPI International’s FilmBox portfolio in Poland and Romania are set to be rebranded on September 29.
SYDNEY, July 29: The creators of Play School Art Maker, Play School Play Time and ABC Kids iview have developed the new ABC Kids play app, designed for preschoolers.
LONDON, July 28: ITV has reported a 25-percent hike in adjusted pre-tax profit to £391 million ($609 million) in the six months to June 30, with ITV Studios delivering a solid first half.
PARIS, July 28: Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have agreed to combine the companies into a single outfit, led by Stéphane Courbit as chairman and Marco Bassetti as CEO.
PARIS, July 28: Mark Gordon, whose TV and film production credits include Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds, is slated to deliver a MIPCOM keynote on Tuesday, October 6.
SINGAPORE, July 28: FOX International Channels (FIC) and the Korean broadcasting outfit JTBC have collaborated on the launch of a new channel, JTBC3 FOX Sports, in Korea.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 28: Netflix is bringing back its animated adult comedy BoJack Horseman for a third season, and has also unveiled a new original documentary for its slate, Keith Richards: Under the Influence.
TORONTO, July 28: Fairfax Financial Holdings has secured a majority stake in Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, which plans to use the capital to expand content production and distribution operations as well as to explore acquisitions.
LONDON/NEW YORK/PARIS, July 28: Along with Academy Award nominee Jude Law, Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will star in the drama series The Young Pope, directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty).
MIAMI, July 28: The cult hit Battlestar Galactica, which remains one of the highest rated series ever on Syfy, is to air on NBC Universo in Spanish for the first time on U.S. television.
BEIJING/LONDON, July 28: Global Agency and IPCN have secured an agreement that will see the talent-show format The Remix remade in China.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 28: This MIPCOM, Starz plans to introduce The Girlfriend Experience, an original anthology series starring Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), who has signed on to attend the market.
NEW YORK, July 28: Roxanne Barcelona, the VP of GMA Worldwide—the distribution arm of the Philippines' GMA Network—talks to World Screen Newsflash about how the company has become a leading source of Filipino fantasy drama in the international market.
VANCOUVER, July 28: The multichannel network operator BroadbandTV and BMG, Bertelsmann's music publishing and rights subsidiary, have teamed up to launch Windfall, which will help to promote up-and-coming musical artists on YouTube.
NORWOOD, July 28: Toy State and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have entered into a global licensing agreement to produce licensed products featuring the DC Super Friends brand.
LOS ANGELES, July 28: ScreenBid is set to auction off over 1,500 items from the Lionsgate-produced drama series Mad Men.
TORONTO, July 28: Picture Box Distribution has acquired four new kids’ programs, including The Dancing Pumpkin and Moochie Kalala Detectives Club.
MADRID, July 28: Imagina International Sales has picked up the international distribution rights for Isla Bonita, the latest movie from Spanish filmmaker Fernando Colomo.
SYDNEY, July 28: Escapade Media has snapped up the global distribution rights, excluding the U.K., for the CBBC-commissioned documentary Teenage Ice Trekker.
TOKYO, July 28: Froebel-Kan, TMS Entertainment and Nippon Television Network have teamed up for the launch of Anpanman Official Shop Taipei, a flagship store for the hit Japanese animated property Anpanman.
MELBOURNE, July 27: Hamish McLennan, the executive chairman and CEO of Australia's Ten, has stepped down, with the role now being split.
PHILADELPHIA/SILVER SPRING, July 27: Comcast Corporation and Discovery Communications have agreed to a new distribution deal that sees Discovery’s 12 U.S. networks continuing to be available to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers.
LAUSANNE, July 27: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the beIN Media Group the exclusive broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for the Games from 2018 to 2024.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cleared the way for AT&T to acquire DIRECTV and merge the two companies into one combined entity.
LONDON, July 27: The hit motoring format Top Gear has been licensed by BBC Worldwide to Sky Italia, which is planning to launch a local version on Sky Uno in 2016.
NEW YORK, July 27: Berk Uziyel, the executive director of Filmbox International and director of new media for SPI International, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the first worldwide native 4K/Ultra HD TV channel, FunBox 4K UHD.
LONDON, July 27: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has closed deals worldwide for the U.S. scripted drama series Aquarius, Texas Rising and Good Witch.
NEW YORK, July 27: Smithsonian Channel has lined up The Day the Bomb Dropped, a one-hour special that marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. releasing an atomic bomb on Japan.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 27: Netflix is preparing to launch the original live-action tween series Project Mc² worldwide on August 7.