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.
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.