NEW YORK, December 5: A new report from Needham & Co. media analyst Laura Martin outlines the economic consequences of unbundling pay TV and assesses that a la carte pricing could result in up to $113 million in lost value and cost 1.4 million jobs.
LONDON, December 5: FremantleMedia has set up a production operation in Oslo, Norway, tapping the Norwegian producer Petter Testmann-Koch to serve as managing director.
LONG ISLAND CITY, December 5: Aereo is gearing up to enter its tenth market, Baltimore, where it will launch on December 16 to more than 2.7 million consumers in central Maryland.
PARIS/LONDON, December 5: Bolstering its position in the TV space, STUDIOCANAL has picked up a majority interest in British outfit RED, whose credits include the BAFTA-winning Last Tango in Halifax on BBC One.
LONDON, December 5: BBC Two has planned a follow-up to the BAFTA-winning comedy Twenty Twelve with the newly commissioned W1A.
NEW YORK, December 5: In this video interview, Jeremy Fox, the founder and CEO of DRG, speaks with World Screen Newsflash about the advantages of the MTG Studios acquisition, while emphasizing that the company is still a "small distributor looking after independent producers."
SINGAPORE/BEIJING, December 5: Nickelodeon programming will be streamed on the online video platform Sohu in China beginning this month, with more than 200 hours to be made available, including episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
LONDON, December 5: Sally Woodward Gentle, formerly the creative director at Carnival Films, has set up her own indie production company, Sid Gentle Films.
MUNICH, December 5: Irina Ignatiew has become the deputy managing director of global scripted distribution for Red Arrow International, while Henrik Pabst has been named deputy managing director for global format and factual distribution.
NEW YORK, December 5: Syfy has given the go-ahead to the scripted drama Dominion (working title), which is based on characters from the 2010 theatrical film Legion.
LONDON, December 5: The International Emmy-winning French drama The Returned (aka Rebound) has notched up several deals across Asia courtesy of Zodiak Rights.
LONDON, December 5: A+E Networks continues to build up the presence of HISTORY in Norway, scoring a pay DTT deal with RiksTV.
SINGAPORE/QATAR, December 5: The animated preschool series Ella Bella Bingo is set to air in the Middle East and North Africa via Jeem TV, formerly known as Al Jazeera Children's Channel.
SINGAPORE, December 5: Vietnamese pay-TV operator HTVC Cable TV System will launch Scripps Networks Interactive's Asian Food Channel to its 700,000-plus subscribers on December 8.
SCHELLE, December 5: Studio 100 and mixtvision Digital have internationally launched Maya the Bee: Flower Party, a Maya the Bee application that can be accessed in ten different languages.
TEL AVIV, December 5: Keshet International has secured yet another sale for the interactive talent format Rising Star, which is now getting a local treatment on TVI in Portugal.
NEW YORK, December 5: AG Properties and Sanrio are collaborating on a multi-category licensing campaign in Japan featuring merchandise inspired by Care Bears and Little Twin Stars.
LOS ANGELES, December 4: Heading into 2014, there is a high level of confidence from the media and entertainment industry about the global economy, according to an EY survey, expecting to see growth and an improving mergers and acquisitions deal environment.
LONDON, December 4: Sky Store, an on-demand movie rental service that was previously only available for Sky customers, has been opened up to everyone in the U.K. and Ireland.
SINGAPORE, December 4: Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, delivered the opening address as Asia TV Forum and Screen Singapore officially kicked off today, with some 4,000 delegates from more than 60 markets expected to be on site at the Marina Bay Sands.
BEVERLY HILLS, December 4: The second season of the Netflix original series House of Cards is scheduled to premiere on February 14, 2014, with all 13 episodes available for members to watch instantly in all territories where the service is available.
UNIVERSAL CITY, December 4: NBC has ordered a 22-episode second season of The Blacklist, which is currently U.S. broadcast television's number one drama in the 18-to-49 demo.
SINGAPORE, December 4: Zodiak Rights has landed format adaptation deals in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand for the extreme singing competition Killer Karaoke.
STOCKHOLM, December 4: Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its content licensing agreements with Disney for first-run and library movie rights for pay TV in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
NEW YORK, December 4: The TV producer and host David Rocco talks to World Screen Newsflash about his new series David Rocco's Dolce India.
LONDON, December 4: Shine International has acquired the distribution rights for On the Road with will.i.am, a documentary spotlighting the first solo world tour of the Black Eyed Peas musician.
SINGAPORE, December 4: China's Sohu has licensed 100 hours of factual programming from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, among a slate of new deals for the company with Asian digital platforms.
OTTAWA/PARIS, December 4: Gaumont Animation has signed up to co-produce and co-develop the animated comedy Atomic Puppet, which is set to air on a host of Disney XD channels around the world as well as on TELETOON Canada.
BEVERLY HILLS, December 4: An expanded licensing agreement between Netflix and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) sees the service being able to stream Murdoch Mysteries for the first time in Canada as well as new seasons of Republic of Doyle and others.
TEL AVIV, December 4: Dori Media Group has sold the prime-time comedy format Little Mom to 1+1 Media's TET TV channel for a local version to broadcast in Russia and the Ukraine.