NEW YORK/MUMBAI, July 31: Viacom has acquired a 50 percent interest in Prism TV, which owns a number of regional entertainment channels in India, for 9.4 billion rupees ($153 million).
DENVER, July 31: Liberty Global has purchased an additional 138.7 million shares in ITV, increasing its total stake to approximately 9.9 percent.
LONDON, July 31: ZenithOptimedia is forecasting that the number of people regularly watching linear TV will peak this year and will start to decline for the first time in 2016, as mobile drives an increase in online video consumption.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 31: Relativity Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is planning to sell off its television and film units.
NEW YORK/LONDON, July 31: The drama series Humans, co-produced by AMC and Channel 4 with Kudos, has been renewed for an eight-episode second season.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: At its TCA presentation, Discovery Communications outlined the upcoming programming highlights for its bouquet of channels, including Destination America, which is planning to air the first-ever live televised exorcism.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: HBO has entered into an overall first-look deal for TV projects with Russell Simmons' new media company All Def Digital (ADD).
LOS ANGELES, July 31: UP has acquired all seven seasons of the award-winning family drama series Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham (Parenthood), Alexis Bledel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly).
LOS ANGELES, July 31: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has added to its scripted programming lineup Greenleaf, a new original Lionsgate drama series from writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost).
NEW YORK, July 31: Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network's chief content officer, tells World Screen Newsflash about the evolution of Cartoon Network Studios, sheds light on the new Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls productions and shares what’s coming up next.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, July 31: On September 30, Fuse is slated to launch a rebranded network focused on sexy, edgy and relevant original music, comedy, culture and lifestyle programming.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: Lifetime has teamed with Yahoo TV to premiere the Project Runway casting special, Road to the Runway, online.
LONDON, July 31: ITV has commissioned Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of Twofour Group, to produce the factual series Animal Mums.
TORONTO, July 31: YTV has lined up the original TV movie Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool! for a 2016 premiere.
MIAMI, July 31: NBC Universo and mitú are collaborating on Vive el Verano, a series of short-form videos meant to help Latino Millennials learn how to make the most of summer.
MUMBAI, July 31: India's Videocon d2h has launched a new mobile TV app that provides users with access to more than 70 live channels and 3,000-plus movies and videos.
WARSAW, July 31: Multimedia Polska has inked a deal with AMC Networks International - Zone that will see the Polish telecommunications services supplier begin offering Outdoor Channel HD, a thematic channel focused on hunting and fishing.
TORONTO, July 31: Food Network Canada’s original culinary competition series Chef in Your Ear has scored two series sponsors in Viva Vantage paper towels and the Prince Edward Island’s Food Island Partnership.
LOS ANGELES, July 31: Lawless Entertainment has been appointed to represent the licensing, merchandising and publishing of Eddie is a Yeti, a new property for kids between the ages of 6 and 12, in North America.
TOKYO, July 30: Sony has posted a 39-percent increase in quarterly operating profit, to 96.9 billion yen ($780 million), though sales slipped 0.1 percent to 1.8 trillion yen ($14.8 billion).
MUNICH, July 30: Revenues at ProSiebenSat.1 increased 11.8 percent in the second quarter to 772.5 million euros ($846 million), with the group confirming a positive outlook for 2015.
LONDON, July 30: Discovery Communications is acquiring the CNBC-e channel from Turkey's Doğuş Media Group, as part of a newly formed strategic partnership between the two companies.
LONDON, July 30: Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are reuniting for an all-new motoring series, exclusively for Amazon Prime.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 30: Three new projects are in the works for National Geographic Channel, including the global event series Red Planet, which boasts Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as executive producers.
PARIS, July 30: MIPCOM 2015 will feature the brand-new conference program Into the Stream, which is meant to address the changing global video ecosystem and content distribution strategies across all platforms.
NEW YORK, July 30: Taking place September 6 to 10 this year, Le Rendez-Vous is expecting some 69 exhibiting companies, encompassing French producers and distributors, to convene at the scenic Place Bellevue to meet with more than 270 buyers from across the globe.
MUNICH, July 30: ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Axel Springer have abandoned plans for an attempted merger, with the two instead announcing a new joint project aimed at promoting digital startups.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: John Legend and his Get Lifted production company are on board the new dramatic thriller Underground for WGN America.
BUENOS AIRES, July 30: FOX Sports Latin America has added to its schedule the NFL Thursday Night Football package, to be accompanied by the original production Impacto NFL before and after the live games.
BEVERLY HILLS, July 30: MTV has renewed Scream, a horror series based on the feature-film franchise of the same name, for a second season.
MIAMI/SILVER SPRING, July 30: Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and American Heroes Channel (AHC) have lined up Castro: The World's Most Watched Man, a new documentary focused on the controversial Cuban politician.
LONDON, July 30: BBC Worldwide has secured international sales for Tuesday’s Child’s comedy game-show format You’re Back in the Room.
LONDON, July 30: ITV Studios’ entertainment production label Possessed has been commissioned by ITV Daytime to produce the game show Pick Me and has made appointments to its senior management team.
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30: Globo has licensed the International Emmy-winning telenovela Side by Side to CCTV in China.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: BabyFirst has added to its summer lineup ABC Galaxy, a new 26-episode show that is meant to help little ones learn the letters of the alphabet.
WELLINGTON, July 30: Pukeko Pictures has appointed Clive Spink to replace Andrew Smith as the company’s CEO.
MELBOURNE/LOS ANGELES, July 30: Australian film and TV production company Galaxy Pop, which focuses on kids’, teen and young adult content, has inked a representation deal with The Gotham Group and is set to open new offices in Los Angeles in November.
SINGAPORE, July 30: Bomanbridge Media has entered into an agreement with Malaysia’s Media Prima for two game shows.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: Rich Magallanes has come onboard at Saban Brands as the senior VP of development and production, while Brian Casentini has been promoted.
TORONTO, July 30: Tricon Films & Television has secured sales for titles from its factual and documentary slate, including Rock Icons, Sports Gone Wild and Get Connected.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: Erin Mechanic, a former development exec for Endemol Shine Group's Ardaban, has joined Spike's original series team as development producer.
LOS ANGELES, July 30: An I Heart Pinoy programming block has launched on NBCUniversal International Networks' E! Entertainment Television in the Philippines.
LONDON, July 30: The U.K.-based Boxatricks has been tapped to produce its first major pilot, the prime-time game-show format The Shortest Straw.
BANGALORE/HOLLYWOOD, July 30: Technicolor is strengthening its animation and games division with the appointments of Sean Mullen as creative director and David Kern as games technical director.
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.