NEW YORK, April 24: Comcast Corporation is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable following intense regulatory scrutiny of the proposed mega merger.
NEW YORK, April 24: World Screen Newsflash takes a look at the activities in the children’s programming sector from the recent MIPTV.
BETHPAGE, April 24: Cablevision Systems Corporation has unveiled a new internet-focused Optimum product targeting the ‘cord cutter’ and ‘cord never’ generation of consumers.
BALI, April 24: FOX International Channels (FIC) is set to make its flagship FOX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Channel brands available via OTT SVOD, linear streaming and catch-up with select partners in Japan, China, Malaysia and the Philippines.
UNIVERSAL CITY, April 24: Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Benderspink have teamed up with writer/director David Robert Mitchell to develop the crime series Mr. Postman for TV.
NEW YORK, April 24: Showtime Networks and IFC Films have reached a new exclusive theatrical output agreement, delivering a host of movies, including Oscar nominee Boyhood, in the premium television window across all platforms.
LONDON, April 24: Colette Foster, joint managing director of Remarkable Television, has decided to leave the company after eight years.
LONDON, April 24: Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.K. has added a range of new exclusive TV shows and movies to its streaming service, including all five seasons of Downton Abbey.
NEW YORK, April 24: BET has unveiled its roster of new programming highlights, which includes a reality series centered on singer Kelly Rowland as well as a romantic sitcom featuring Brandy Norwood.
SINGAPORE, April 24: The Singaporean media conglomerate MediaCorp has picked up a 52-percent stake in KapanLagi Network (KLN), a company that owns a number of Indonesia's most popular web portals.
SYDNEY, April 24: Seven Productions, the production arm of Australia's Seven Network, has received a commission from Travel Channel in the U.S. for the 12x1-hour series Boy to Man.
BALI, April 24: FOX Sports in Asia has extended its deal with UFC for the broadcast rights to the mixed martial arts (MMA) organization's content.
BURBANK, April 24: Nickelodeon has given the go-ahead to 20 episodes of Welcome to the Wayne, an animated comedy that marks the first time the network is greenlighting a digital short-form series for television.
TORONTO, April 24: The SVOD service shomi is presenting the exclusive Canadian premiere of the hit British comedy Catastrophe.
NEW YORK, April 24: The new original web comedy Empty Spaces has debuted on Flama, Univision Communications' bicultural OTT video network for 15- to 30-year-olds.
BEVERLY HILLS, April 24: Production has kicked off in New Zealand on the Starz original series Ash vs Evil Dead, which follows up on the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead.
MADRID, April 24: On the heels of last week's MIPTV, RTVE is talking to buyers from around the globe about the series El Ministerio del Tiempo and Acacias 38.
NEW YORK, April 24: Ben McLean has been appointed by NBCUniversal as senior VP of digital enterprises, joining the company from Xbox Entertainment Studios.
MADRID, April 24: The Time in Between, a Boomerang TV scripted production, is slated to begin airing in a trio of Asian territories.
PARIS, April 24: Terranoa has sold GRIP: Das Motormagazin, a ready-made motoring program from the catalogue of Germany's Autentic Distribution, to L'Équipe 21 in France.
TORONTO, April 24: Proper Rights has secured a number of international sales for the hit car series Strip N' Rip (Vegas Rat Rods), including with broadcasters in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
ARLINGTON, April 24: PBS KIDS Super Vision, an application that allows parents to control their children's digital media usage, has launched on the Apple Watch.
NEW YORK, April 23: Modern Family’s co-creator Steven Levitan took part in a keynote interview with World Screen’s Anna Carugati at MIPTV, in which he talked about the hit comedy’s enduring success.
ATHENS, April 23: Among the documentary, education and public service winners of the 74th annual Peabody Awards were HBO's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, as well as Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.
ATLANTA, April 23: A new multiyear licensing pact grants Hulu the exclusive SVOD rights for previous seasons of programming from Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, as well as select current and upcoming series from TNT and TBS.
NEW YORK, April 23: World Screen Newsflash recaps some of the big stories that came out of MIPTV last week.
LONDON, April 23: The plans to transition BBC Three from a linear channel to an online-only service have been delayed, awaiting a final decision from the BBC Trust.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 23: The Southeast Asian internet TV service iflix has completed a $30 million financing round led by investment firm Catcha Group and Filipino telco PLDT.
NEW YORK, April 23: Leftfield Entertainment has set up a brand-new production company, Riot Creative, which will be led by veteran TV executive and producer Stephanie Angelides.
HONG KONG, April 23: Chinese media mogul Li Ruigang has made an investment in Young Lion Holdings, the consortium that controls leading Hong Kong-based broadcaster TVB.
LOS ANGELES, April 23: FX Productions has entered into an overall production deal with Simon Rich, the creator and executive producer of FXX's Man Seeking Woman.
SINGAPORE/BALI, April 23: Coverage of the UEFA Champions League in Singapore is moving to Eurosport after the pan-regional broadcaster inked a three-year deal for exclusive media rights to the football tournament.
NEW YORK, April 23: A slew of series, TV movies and music videos featuring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are headed to Nickelodeon as part of a newly acquired package of library titles.
NEW YORK, April 23: Spike TV has picked up another 20 episodes of Lip Sync Battle, which is currently ranked as the most-watched original series in the network's history.
LOS ANGELES, April 23: Nancy Tellem, a former top exec at CBS and Microsoft, has been hired as executive chairman and chief media officer of Interlude, a media and tech company specializing in interactive online video storytelling.
BURBANK, April 23: Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Mattel have teamed up for the launch of DC Super Hero Girls, a new superhero universe for females between the ages of 6 and 12.
HONG KONG, April 23: FOX International Channels (FIC) in Asia has expanded the roles of Rohit D’Silva and David Shin and tapped Prakash Ramchandani to oversee nonlinear initiatives.
WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK, April 23: The new digital video network XiveTV has premiered The Age of Hubble, an original documentary programming event that marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch.
BURBANK, April 23: Disney XD has ordered a second season of Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, which will see Adam DeVine, Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore returning to the voice cast.
TORONTO, April 23: OLN in Canada has renewed Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, a wildlife adventure series from Cream Productions and Wildfire, for a third season.
ISTANBUL, April 23: Turkey's ATV has inked a number of new international agreements, including for the hit drama series Sila.
MADRID, April 23: Mediaset España has closed several new agreements for its catalogue of Spanish fiction series, including Mediaset's RTI optioning La que se avecina and Chiringuito de Pepe for the Italian market.
SAÕ PAULO, April 23: Globo's telenovela The Life We Lead, starring Fernanda Vasconcellos and Marjorie Estiano, has been picked up by Abu Dhabi TV for broadcast in the Middle East.
NEW YORK, April 23: Discovery Italy's free-to-air kids' channel K2 has licensed the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the latest installment of the hit Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, from Cattleya.
NEW YORK, April 22: World Screen Newsflash analyzes the deals and trends in the world of factual at MIPTV and MIPDoc.