LONDON, March 4: ITV reported strong revenue growth for 2014, with pre-tax profit up 23 percent to £712 million ($1.09 billion) and a 6 percent gain in net ad revenue.
BEIJING, March 4: Alibaba Group Holding has invested 2.4 billion yuan ($382.67 million) in Beijing Enlight Media, a TV program producer.
LOS ANGELES, March 4: In a recent survey of media consumption behaviors of viewers 13 to 24, DEFY Media has found that the Internet is the dominant platform of choice for Millennials, who report that digital delivers more relatable and entertaining programming.
TEL AVIV, March 4: NBC has commissioned a first season of I Can Do That!, a prime-time entertainment format from the Armoza Formats catalogue.
STOCKHOLM, March 4: Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, who has been serving as the senior VP of acquisitions and programming at MTG for the last six years, has been elevated to the executive VP post within that segment.
PARIS, March 4: MIPTV has lined up a number of keynotes, sessions and panels dedicated to exploring the latest advancements in 4K/Ultra HD.
SILVER SPRING, March 4: Media industry veteran Marc Graboff is joining Discovery Communications as president of global business and legal affairs, production management and studios.
NEW YORK, March 4: Spike TV has partnered with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's $7 Bucks Productions for a development deal to create and produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.
STOCKHOLM, March 4: Endemol Shine Group has reshaped its Nordic businesses to form Endemol Shine Nordics, with the combined operations representing the largest production group in the region.
UNIVERSAL CITY, March 4: Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has struck up an overall deal with reality TV producer Charlie Ebersol of The Company.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 4: Netflix is slated to release later this year the film Beasts of No Nation, starring Luther’s Idris Elba and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga.
SANTA MONICA, March 4: Hulu has inked a licensing deal with Disney-ABC Television Group to become the exclusive SVOD home for Disney Junior's hit animated series Doc McStuffins, among others.
NEW YORK, March 4: Cédric Hazard, the head of international sales and acquisitions for ARTE France, talks to World Screen Newsflash about ARTE Sales and its goals of distributing short-form programs.
NEW YORK, March 4: U.S. network truTV has greenlit Those Who Can’t, its first scripted comedy.
ARLINGTON, March 4: PBS Kids has given the go-ahead to a second season of the animated preschool series Peg + Cat, due out spring of 2016.
DUNEDIN, March 4: Smithsonian Channel is slated to begin airing a second season of L.A. Frock Stars, a fashion-themed reality series produced by NHNZ.
SINGAPORE, March 4: mm2 Asia has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51 percent holding in Vividthree Production, a leader in Singapore's 3D animation sector.
NEW YORK, March 4: MTV is developing a new cooking show starring Internet stars the Brothers Green, with an international multiplatform rollout planned for this spring.
BURBANK, March 4: Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the voice cast for season two of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, which just wrapped up its first run.
TORONTO, March 4: Peace Point Rights has snapped up the worldwide rights across all platforms for Ice Racer Showdown, a new unscripted driving competition series from Corkscrew Media.
TORONTO, March 4: Tricon Films & Television has sold a slew of factual titles around the world, among them the crime series To Catch a Killer and I Didn’t Do It.
SANTA MONICA, March 4: Ovation TV has kicked off production on Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse, an original documentary that is being co-produced by Ovation Studios and 1895 Films.
MADRID, March 4: Planeta Junior and Famosa have teamed up to co-produce an animated series based on the popular Mutant Busters action figures, which launched in 2013.
PREMIUM, March 3: Kevin Beggs, the chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, tells World Screen Newsflash how remaining creator-driven, flexible and willing to form partnerships has been key to the studio’s success.
PARIS, March 3: MIPTV has lined up a special Focus on the Nordics, to feature more than 20 broadcasters, producers, creatives, distributors and digital media players from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 3: Discovery Digital Networks has launched SEEKER, an exploration-themed online network featuring a dozen original web series as part of its programming slate.
BEIJING, March 3: A Chinese version of the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live is in the works, thanks to the online video platform Sohu.
NEW YORK, March 3: In this video interview, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell stars Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, as well as producer Nick Hirschkorn, talk to World Screen Newsflash about the magical qualities of this new fantasy drama.
HONG KONG, March 3: FOX International Channels (FIC) has acquired Battle Creek, a new show from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House M.D.'s David Shore.
LONDON, March 3: Sky Living in the U.K. has renewed the non-scripted series Desi Rascals, with a second season slated to debut later this year.
LONDON, March 3: CBBC has ordered another two 10x30-minute seasons of the popular game show format Ultimate Brain from Zig Zag Productions.
BEVERLY HILLS, March 3: Production has kicked off in London on The Dresser, a play-based television movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen that is being co-produced by Starz and the BBC.
ATLANTA, March 3: U.S. network Bounce TV has secured the rights for live boxing events from the Premier Boxing Champions series, with the first match broadcast lined up for July.
LONDON, March 3: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and OCS have agreed on a multiyear volume deal giving the French pay-TV operator exclusive access to a wide range of box-office hits and award-winning TV series.
LONDON, March 3: The MTV dating series Ex on the Beach is being remade by SBS Discovery Television in Sweden.
HAMBURG, March 3: Nat Geo WILD has acquired the worldwide license for the wildlife productions The Original Fight Club and Bear Essentials from Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing (SHDM).
BURBANK, March 3: Nickelodeon is due to premiere its latest animated series, Harvey Beaks, later this month, with an international rollout planned for the summer.
LONDON, March 3: TCB Media Rights has signed a handful of presale and licensing agreements with UKTV, including for the hit factual series Bondi Rescue and Border Patrol.
TEL AVIV, March 3: TV Format Fund has now established a representative partnership in Finland, with Profict Partners.
SINGAPORE, March 3: Soon after opening its latest office in Mongolia, Bomanbridge Media has wrapped up a slew of deals throughout Asia.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 3: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced an upcoming slate of mobile game launches based on an assortment of franchises and brands, including a LEGO Batman game.
LOS ANGELES, March 3: Seasoned TV exec Chris Rantamaki has been hired as Discovery Channel's senior VP of production and development, effective April 20.
LOS ANGELES, March 3: RLJ Entertainment (RLJE) has elevated Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer for feature films, while naming Angela Northington as the new senior VP of content acquisitions for Urban Movie Channel (UMC).
LONDON, March 2: Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has unveiled the creation of BBC Studios, a new production division that will operate independently of BBC Television.
NEW YORK, March 2: The third season of House of Cards, which was released by Netflix on Friday, was downloaded illegally 681,889 times within the first 24 hours, with piracy the highest in China, the U.S. and India.