NEW YORK, June 17: Almost half of smartphone owners and tablet owners are using their devices for second-screen interaction while watching television, Nielsen reveals in its latest survey.
BURBANK, June 17: Former Warner Bros. Television Group chief Bruce Rosenblum has been tapped to lead the television and digital media division of Legendary Entertainment, the outfit whose credits include The Hangover franchise and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: This August, FOX International Channels says it will launch FOX Sports in Italy with a portfolio of rights that includes Barclay's Premier League, Spanish La Liga and more.
BEVERLY HILLS, June 17: In its largest first-run original content deal, Netflix has inked a multi-year pact for new original series from DreamWorks Animation, encompassing more than 300 hours of programming.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: The Price is Right, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Dr. Oz Show were among the winners of the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards presented this weekend, honoring lifestyle series, talk shows and soap operas.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: Fullscreen, whose network of YouTube channels generates more than 2.5 billion views a month, has closed a round of Series A funding led by The Chernin Group as well as Comcast Ventures and WPP.
PREMIUM, June 17: Fabrizio Battocchio, the head of the format department at Mediaset’s RTI, talks about recent format acquisitions across the bouquet of its Italian channels.
LONDON, June 17: Disney Movies on Demand on LOVEFiLM delivers instant access to a host of family-friendly feature films, include Wall-E and Lady and the Tramp.
SILVER SPRING/LOS ANGELES, June 17: Discovery Home & Health in Australia will begin airing a block of programming from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this August, including Oprah's Next Chapter and Super Soul Sunday.
LONDON, June 17: FremantleMedia International has licensed more than 220 hours of drama, lifestyle, comedy, factual and entertainment programming to broadcasters in German-speaking Europe.
BUDAPEST, June 17: Following a strong launch at MIPTV, there are high expectations for Armoza Formats’ The Gran Plan to perform well at NATPE Budapest.
BEVERLY HILLS, June 17: An original drama series about a wealthy nightclub owner living a double life, executive produced by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has been given the greenlight by Starz.
NEW YORK, June 17: Beginning this fall, Toys "R" Us in the U.S. is going to stock a variety of products based on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a popular preschool program that airs on PBS KIDS and is sold worldwide by 9 Story Entertainment.
LONDON, June 17: The Royal Television Society's 2013 Cambridge Convention, set to take place September 11 to 13, will feature a speaker lineup that includes ABC's Paul Lee, Microsoft's Nancy Tellem and Channel 5's Richard Desmond.
BUDAPEST, June 17: After having developed its international activities and sales substantially over the last year, Keshet International is now focusing on markets beyond its typical core territories, including Central and Eastern Europe.
TORONTO, June 17: At the Cannes Film Festival, Breakthrough Entertainment finalized sales for Antisocial, Cubicle Warriors and The Resurrection of Tony Gitone in territories around the globe.
MUNICH, June 17: The kids' and teen format Flim Flam School Slam from Global Screen is being adapted in Thailand for Modernine TV.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/TOKYO, June 17: NAMCO BANDAI Games, Arad Productions and 41 Entertainment (41e) have revealed that PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures has been ordered for a second season, due to debut in the spring of 2014.
LOS ANGELES, June 17: Simon Fuller's musical kids' TV project The Meeps, produced by Moonscoop LLC, will be previewed exclusively on Kabillion on June 19.
BUDAPEST, June 17: From filmmaker Kurt Mündl, Cosmos is a brand-new doc series distributed by Tele München International that touches on a variety of wildlife topics, from endangered insects such as the honeybee to surviving the cold.
NEW YORK, June 17: Little Airplane Productions has sold the rights for the Meet the Small Potatoes animated film to Disney Junior in Australia, while the TV series of the same name is headed to Once in Mexico.
TORONTO, June 17: Segal Licensing has been chosen to represent The Next Step, a tween drama series from Temple Street Productions, in Canada.
TAMPERE, June 17: Topi Salo, the former head of development at Shine Group's Metronome Finland, has been hired by Aito Media to lead its Nordic operations.
GENEVA, June 14: Greek satellite subscribers can now watch pubcaster ERT's news channel NET on their television sets, courtesy of the European Broadcasting Union.
LONDON, June 14: NBCUniversal has begun offering its movie VOD service PictureBox Films direct to consumers in the U.K. and Ireland following a redesign and rebrand of the platform.
MONTE CARLO, June 14: Winners of the 2013 Golden Nymph Awards, presented in Monte Carlo last night, included AMC's Breaking Bad as best international drama and DR's Borgen as best European drama.
LAS VEGAS, June 14: Brands with built-in awareness continue to lead the licensing business, which now also includes a hefty digital component.
LOS ANGELES, June 14: HBO has given the go-ahead to a second season of its news magazine series VICE, which is executive produced by Bill Maher.
BUDAPEST, June 14: Set in the 1950s, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, one of the highlights of ITV Studios Global Entertainment's lineup, tells the story of a maverick country-town detective medical officer.
LOS ANGELES, June 14: Saban Brands' Vortexx on The CW block has unveiled the highlights of its 2013-2014 season, with a slate that includes Digimon Fusion and Sendokai Champions.