NEW YORK, March 8: President Barack Obama is to introduce the highly anticipated premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which launches tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
LONDON, March 7: Total TV advertising revenue in the U.K. rose 3.5 percent in 2013 to reach a new record high of £4.63 billion ($7.75 billion), according to full-year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox by the U.K.'s commercial broadcasters.
PREMIUM, March 7: Noura Al Kaabi, the CEO of twofour54, met with World Screen Newsflash to discuss the company’s progress in developing a vibrant media sector in Abu Dhabi.
BURBANK, March 7: The Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have entered into a multiyear agreement aimed at co-developing Disney-branded movies for U.S.-China co-productions.
UNIVERSAL CITY, March 7: Universal Cable Productions (UCP) had added two new pod deals to its roster, inking exclusive development agreements with Steve Carell’s Carousel Television and Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Productions.
LOS ANGELES, March 7: FOX has picked up New Girl, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Following for the 2014-15 season.
NEW YORK, March 7: Stuart Snyder is stepping down from his role as the president and COO of Turner Broadcasting’s animation, young adults and kids media division. World Screen Newsflash sat down with Snyder last month; read his interview here.
LONDON, March 7: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Dark Knight, Secretary) and Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) are to make their MIPTV debut next month to attend BBC Worldwide’s global launch of The Honourable Woman.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 7: Starz and BBC have committed to The Missing, an original limited drama series that is being co-produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground.
NEW YORK, March 7: Frank Dietz, the head of acquisitions and co-productions at Super RTL, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the strategy for acquiring new content, the types of shows he’s looking for and how the channel is staying competitive in the German marketplace.
LONDON, March 7: The U.K.’s ITV has given the go-ahead to a second season of its hit comedy revival Birds of a Feather, scheduled to start filming later this year.
LOS ANGELES, March 7: E! is moving forward on its first-ever original scripted series, The Royals, a drama that will star Elizabeth Hurley.
SEATTLE, March 7: Amazon and BBC Worldwide North America have signed a licensing agreement that makes Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming of the dramatic thriller Orphan Black.
SINGAPORE, March 7: Production is getting under way on HBO Asia's new original Grace, which is a four-part horror miniseries in English and Mandarin.
SEOUL, March 7: A fifth season of Saturday Night Live Korea (SNL Korea) recently debuted on CJ E&M's general entertainment channel tvN.
TOKYO, March 7: The NHK dramas Carnation and Princess Atsu are premiering in Myanmar, while Ama-chan has begun airing in Indonesia.
SYDNEY, March 7: Industry veteran John Stephens has joined Australia's Network Ten as its director of scheduling and acquisitions.
TORONTO, March 7: The 17th edition of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, which will include 112 films from 31 countries, is slated to take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from April 8 to 21.
ATLANTA, March 7: Cartoon Network and LEGO have released Calling All Mixels, a new iOS application based on the entertainment franchise Mixels, which is a collaboration between the two companies.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7: National Geographic Channels has promoted some key executives, upping two sales execs and one member of its research team.
NEW YORK, March 7: Bravo Media has bumped up three development and production execs while expanding the roles of two others to gain oversight of Oxygen Media.
PREMIUM, March 6: Alberto Pecegueiro, the CEO of Globosat, discusses how business has been booming thanks to packages tailored to lower income demos, a strong national economy and a growing middle class.
LUXEMBOURG, March 6: RTL Group has posted a profit gain of 45.7 percent to 870 million euros ($1.2 billion) for 2013, as the TV ad market improved in most of the firm's European territories.
LONDON, March 6: The BBC is planning to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel as of fall 2015, instead reinventing the brand as an online service.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 6: Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn series is being made available as an exclusive for Netflix members in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nordics, the U.K. and Latin America.
NEW YORK, March 6: Carmi Zlotnik, the managing director of Starz, has been getting the message out to the international content community that the U.S. pay service can be the perfect home for smart, compelling programming.
NEW YORK, March 6: World Screen Newsflash speaks with Bob Bakish, the president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), about how Nickelodeon stays competitive in crowded markets.
LONDON, March 6: ITV has ordered ten new episodes of the period drama Mr Selfridge, giving the show a third season.
PARIS, March 6: Avi Nir, the CEO of Keshet Media Group, is set to deliver a keynote address at MIPTV on Monday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m.
LOS ANGELES, March 6: Dori Media has aligned itself with Charlie Ebersol and Mike Lanigan’s The Company to form a new joint production and financing venture aimed at developing, producing and distributing unscripted and scripted programming.