LONDON, June 18: ZenithOptimedia has slightly increased its ad-growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015 while downgrading its expectations for 2013 to a rate of 3.5 percent.
ATHENS, June 18: Greece's ERT has been given a temporary reprieve, with a court ruling that the pubcaster's signal can be restored pending a restructure.
LOS ANGELES, June 18: MGM has signed BermanBraun to a multi-year production deal that will encompass scripted and unscripted programming across broadcast and cable television.
JAKARTA, June 18: Marking its expansion into Asia, beIN SPORT is partnering with MP & Silva to roll out three new HD sports channels in Indonesia delivering Barclays Premier League coverage as well as other events.
NEW YORK, June 18: David Suchet, the star of ITV's long-running crime drama franchise Agatha Christie's Poirot, talks about the series' enduring global appeal.
BURBANK, June 18: Disney Channel has given the go-ahead to Girl Meets World, a spin-off of the hit family sitcom Boy Meets World, which aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000.
NEW YORK, June 18: Scripps Networks Interactive has begun offering authenticated online access to Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, DIY Network and Cooking Channel for Time Warner Cable subscribers.
UNIVERSAL CITY, June 18: Quinn Taylor is joining NBC as executive VP of movies, mini-series and international co-productions as the network looks to engage in more shows with innovative financing models such as Hannibal with Gaumont International Television and Dracula with Sky in the U.K.
AUCKLAND, June 18: Debt-laden MediaWorks, which operates the TV3 and FOUR networks in New Zealand, has been placed in receivership but its proposed new owners have expressed confidence in the "opportunities ahead for the business."
LOS ANGELES, June 18: Saban Brands has created a new global consumer products division to encompass its domestic and international L&M teams, led by Kirk Bloomgarden as senior VP.
LAS VEGAS, June 18: As Licensing Expo kicked off in Las Vegas, HIT Entertainment's senior VP and general manager, Edward Catchpole, unveiled details of the company's plans to further build its key brands, noting, "We are sharpening our focus, making key investments and introducing several game changers for HIT Entertainment."
BUDAPEST, June 18: There are a number of Azteca telenovelas and dramas that Comarex is highlighting for NATPE Budapest, including Timeless Love.
LONDON, June 18: Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) has inked a deal that will bring a range of new merchandise based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Russia, while assorted Bubble Guppies toys will be launching in the U.K.
BUDAPEST, June 18: Jo, a lead offering from Red Arrow International, has already proven successful in several territories, including Poland, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria.
WELLINGTON, June 18: BesTV, an IPTV service in China, has snapped up season two of The WotWots, an educational preschool series from Pukeko Pictures.
LONDON, June 18: TRACE Group has signed an agreement with Orange Romania's new Orange TV platform, marking its first launch in Romania.
LONDON, June 18: Silvergate Media has selected Vivid as its toy partner in the U.K., Europe and Australia for the new Peter Rabbit animated show, which is co-owned with Penguin UK.
LAS VEGAS/LONDON, June 18: Olly the Little White Van, an animated preschool program, is slated to begin airing on Channel 5 in the U.K. this fall.
TORONTO, June 18: Peace Point Rights' slate for this year's NATPE Budapest is comprised of a host of lifestyle, factual and sports series, as well as more than 40 films.
MUMBAI, June 18: Sunil Joshi has been upped to head of distribution for BBC Global News in South Asia, while Stanley Fernandes has joined the team to handle BBC Worldwide program sales in the region.
NEW YORK, June 17: Almost half of smartphone owners and tablet owners are using their devices for second-screen interaction while watching television, Nielsen reveals in its latest survey.
BURBANK, June 17: Former Warner Bros. Television Group chief Bruce Rosenblum has been tapped to lead the television and digital media division of Legendary Entertainment, the outfit whose credits include The Hangover franchise and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: This August, FOX International Channels says it will launch FOX Sports in Italy with a portfolio of rights that includes Barclay's Premier League, Spanish La Liga and more.
BEVERLY HILLS, June 17: In its largest first-run original content deal, Netflix has inked a multi-year pact for new original series from DreamWorks Animation, encompassing more than 300 hours of programming.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: The Price is Right, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Dr. Oz Show were among the winners of the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards presented this weekend, honoring lifestyle series, talk shows and soap operas.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: Fullscreen, whose network of YouTube channels generates more than 2.5 billion views a month, has closed a round of Series A funding led by The Chernin Group as well as Comcast Ventures and WPP.
LONDON, June 17: Disney Movies on Demand on LOVEFiLM delivers instant access to a host of family-friendly feature films, include Wall-E and Lady and the Tramp.
PREMIUM, June 17: Fabrizio Battocchio, the head of the format department at Mediaset’s RTI, talks about recent format acquisitions across the bouquet of its Italian channels.
SILVER SPRING/LOS ANGELES, June 17: Discovery Home & Health in Australia will begin airing a block of programming from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this August, including Oprah's Next Chapter and Super Soul Sunday.
LONDON, June 17: FremantleMedia International has licensed more than 220 hours of drama, lifestyle, comedy, factual and entertainment programming to broadcasters in German-speaking Europe.