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LONDON, October 21: BSkyB has said that it will own at least 69 percent of Sky Deutschland once the takeover period closes, after more minority investors than originally expected signed up for the offer.
CULVER CITY/ZURICH, October 21: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks is acquiring 50 percent of Dori Media Group's VIVA and VIVA Plus channels and VOD service VIVA Walla in Israel, and 50 percent of its Baby TV operations in Indonesia.
NEW YORK/CHICAGO, October 21: The CBS Television Stations group has teamed up with Weigel Broadcasting to launch Decades, a new U.S. entertainment service featuring classic content for distribution across local TV stations' digital subchannels.
MONTREAL/NEW YORK, October 21: Corus Media and A+E Networks have reached a pact to bring content and branding from HISTORY to the Historia channel in Quebec.
LONDON, October 21: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has secured a U.S. slot for the comedy Schitt’s Creek with the cable network POP, which is rebranding from TVGN.
LONDON, October 21: The drama specialist Red Planet Pictures has entered into an exclusive development deal with BBC Worldwide, which now gets a first look at content from the U.K. indie producer.
LONDON, October 21: Foxtel’s Crime & Investigation channel has secured the rights for a documentary on Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprint runner sentenced today to five years in prison for the death of Reeva Steenkamp.
LONDON, October 21: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has unveiled the nominations for its annual British Academy Children's Awards, led by Katie Morag with three nods.
NEW YORK, October 21: USA Network has greenlit a third season of 12 episodes of the hit original reality series Chrisley Knows Best.
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 21: Next month, National Geographic Channel is slated to begin airing Eric Greenspan Is Hungry, which sees the titular chef travel the U.S. in search of meat-filled recipes.
ATLANTA, October 21: Turner Broadcasting System has nabbed the network TV rights to the upcoming films Cinderella and The Jungle Book, both from The Walt Disney Studios, to air on the company’s bouquet of channels approximately two years after their theatrical releases.
SINGAPORE, October 21: New details have been announced regarding the lineup for the upcoming Asia Television Forum & Market (ATF), which takes place December 9 to 12 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
MIAMI, October 21: Univision Network and Warner Music are teaming up for the singing competition Va Por Ti, with the show’s winner nabbing a recording deal with Warner.
LONDON, October 21: Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, in partnership with FilmBuff, have inked distribution agreements with more than 50 partners for the simultaneous release of the new film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss.
MONTREAL, October 21: Principal photography has kicked off in Montreal on Incendo's First Response, an action-packed thriller that is being directed by Philippe Gagnon (Trigger Point, The Good Sister).
STAMFORD, October 21: Nickelodeon has picked up the WWE kids' property WWE Slam City for Nicktoons, where it’s set to air on the NickSports programming block starting tomorrow.
LONDON, October 21: SPI International's VOD service FilmBox Live is now available on PlayStation 4 (PS4) platforms in Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
UNTERFÖHRING, October 21: ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland has tapped Koby Gal-Raday as its senior VP of international co-productions and documentaries, a newly created post.
NEW YORK, October 21: Sesame Workshop and ToyTalk have entered into a two-year research partnership to develop speech recognition for early learning and increase literacy among preschoolers.
BEVERLY HILLS, October 21: Genius Brands International has kicked off the fourth annual Grow Your Own Business Challenge, an extension of Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club that is meant to teach kids how to be entrepreneurial and financially savvy.
NEW YORK, October 20: Last week’s MIPCOM market saw quite a lot of business generated within the formats industry.
At a MIPCOM session last week, leading programmers share valuable insight into their content wish lists, windowing and more.
LOS ANGELES, October 20: FOX has given a straight-to-series order for the comedy/horror anthology series Scream Queens, which comes from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, executive producers of Glee and American Horror Story.
TORONTO, October 20: City, Netflix and the Canadian SVOD service shomi have entered into a landmark partnership for the creation of the new drama series Between.
CANNES, October 20: Leading format programmers representing CTV, TV 2 Danmark, Modern Times Group and Keshet Broadcasting took part in a lively debate at MIPCOM about trends in the business, including their views on a lack of innovation in the sector, the need for flexibility in adaptations and the role of interactivity.
PARIS/WARSAW, October 20: CANAL+ Group and ITI Group have said they are considering offloading their 51-percent stake in Poland's TVN Group.
EL SEGUNDO, October 20: Following the recent premiere of Kingdom on Audience Network, DIRECTV has ordered an additional 20 episodes of the drama series, which comes from creator Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7) and Endemol Studios (Hell on Wheels, Low Winter Sun, Red Widow).
BEVERLY HILLS, October 20: Netflix is teaming up with actor, producer and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio as well as the production company Appian Way Productions for the original documentary Virunga.
NEW YORK, October 20: BBC America is teaming up with BBC Two and Working Title Television for the co-production of London Spy, an emotional thriller miniseries created by best-selling author Tom Rob Smith.
PAWTUCKET, October 20: Hasbro reported gains in all of its major operating segments in the third quarter, with revenues rising 7 percent to $1.47 billion and net earnings increasing by 43 percent to $180.5 million.