PREMIUM, September 18: Anke Schäferkordt, co-CEO of RTL Group, outlines the ways the company is serving advertisers and viewers in today’s multichannel, multiscreen world.
PARIS, September 18: The Indian actor/director/producer Aamir Khan is heading to MIPCOM to take part in the first-ever MIP MegaSession, entitled The Future of Factual.
ATLANTA, September 18: TNT has nabbed the network-TV rights for five of Marvel Studios’ upcoming theatrical releases, including next summer’s highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron.
NEW YORK, September 18: Simon Thomas, executive VP of global sports and content sales at FIC, tells World Screen Newsflash about the launch of the new unit and its positioning in the crowded distribution business.
LONDON, September 18: Channel 4 has commissioned a new drama-doc, Cyber Bully (working title), which stars Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame.
MEXICO CITY, September 18: FOX Sports Latin America has signed a five-year agreement to make WWE programming available on various FOX Sports and FOX Premium platforms across the region.
PREMIUM, September 18: Edward Catchpole, the senior VP and general manager of HIT Entertainment, talks digital deals, enduring characters and the importance of toys.
TEL AVIV/QUEBEC/PARIS, September 18: Following the successful first season of The Killer Inside on SVOD platform Videotron and specialty channel Addik-TV, French Canadian broadcaster TVA Group has commissioned a second season of the crime thriller.
LONDON, September 18: France's TF1 has ordered a local version of the prime-time survival competition format Dropped from ALP, a Zodiak Media company.
SINGAPORE, September 18: FOX Sports, a FOX International Channels (FIC) network, has inked a deal with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) to extend its Asian broadcast rights for the Wimbledon championships for another six years.
LONDON, September 18: UKTV has commissioned the scripted comedy Undercover for its channel Dave, due out next year.
LONDON, September 18: The U.K.’s BBC One had ordered the prime-time series Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, a three-parter exploring the hidden world of weather that is co-produced by Oxford Scientific Films (OSF).
LONDON, September 18: Michael Vine is stepping down as director of Objective Productions, the light-entertainment indie he co-founded in 1996 with Andrew O’Connor.
NEW YORK, September 18: Smithsonian Channel has set a late-November premiere for the one-hour special Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink, which is narrated by actor Jeffrey Wright.
NEW YORK, September 18: Alongside unveiling a new visual identity, Cartoon Network Latin America is gearing up to launch the Cartoon Network GO TV Everywhere offering in the region, all part of its plans "to show our audience that we are constantly evolving to deliver the innovative experience they expect,” says VP and channel manager Pablo Zuccarino.
LONDON, September 18: Ted Bookstaver has been appointed to the role of senior VP, head of the Americas at Shine International, joining the company from a sales post at Eyeworks International Distribution.
MONTREAL, September 18: Canadian production outfit Incendo has begun shooting its latest movie, Custody, on location in Montreal.
LONDON, September 18: Danger Mouse, an upcoming remake of the classic animated adventure series, has secured its core voice cast, which includes comedian and TV personality Alexander Armstrong.
LONDON, September 18: Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) has revealed the finalists for this year's License This! creative concepts competition, which is slated to name a winner during the event in London next month.
PREMIUM, September 17: Carlton Cuse, showrunner of the FX series The Strain who was also co-showrunner of Lost, talks to World Screen Newsflash about the various projects he has in the works.
UNTERFÖHRING, September 17: The management board and supervisory board of Sky Deutschland have advised minority shareholders not to accept an offer from BSkyB, saying that the current bid undervalues the pay-TV operator.
LONDON, September 17: The number of TV sets connected to the Internet is forecast to reach 965 million by 2020, which is nearly triple the figure expected this year, according to Digital TV Research.
NEW YORK, September 17: Joel Denton, the managing director of international content sales and partnerships at A+E Networks, discusses the wealth of factual programs in the company's catalogue that feature families at the center of the series.
SÃO PAULO, September 17: Brazilian broadcaster Globo has inked a programming deal with Mexico’s Azteca that will see late-night broadcasts of its telenovelas on the Azteca Trece network.
STOCKHOLM, September 17: In ramping up its focus on digital, Sweden's TV4 Group has tapped Anna Rastner for the role of head of digital programs.
LOS ANGELES, September 17: Electus International has sold the game show format The Moment of Truth into Ukraine, where it's been picked up by the STB channel for 36 prime-time episodes.
NEW YORK, September 17: The producers of Project Runway are launching a new competition series, Project Runway: Threads, which features teen and tween fashion designers.
LONDON, September 17: In the run-up to this year's MIPCOM, TCB Media Rights has presold the docuseries WW2 Air-Crash Detectives in the U.K., Australia and Northern Europe.
LONDON, September 17: Sky Vision has acquired the international distribution rights for Big Fish Man, a factual fishing series from Tern TV.
LOS ANGELES, September 17: Rive Gauche Television has picked up the rights for Fix It & Finish It, a new home renovation show featuring actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. that will be presented by the company at next month's MIPCOM.