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LONDON, March 3: Endemol has licensed the entertainment format Your Face Sounds Familiar into the Middle East for the first time.
HONG KONG/SYDNEY, March 3: FOX International Channels (FIC) Asia is bringing on Jacqui Feeney as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, as of May 1.
LONDON, March 3: CBBC has ordered a third season of Wizards vs. Aliens, a sci-fi adventure series created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford.
LONDON, March 3: The U.K.’s Channel 4 has commissioned Pioneer Productions to produce The Floods that Foiled New Year: Caught On Camera, the outfit's second fast-turnaround documentary chronicling the severe storms battering Britain.
LONDON, March 3: The UKTV channel Dave has commissioned a second season of Crackanory, a "story time" show for adults.
SILVER SPRING, March 3: Discovery Networks International has secured carriage for TLC HD in the Middle East and North Africa through OSN.
EL SEGUNDO/MONTREAL, March 3: Mattel has purchased MEGA Brands, which sells construction building and arts and crafts sets, for a total enterprise value of approximately $460 million.
LONDON, March 3: A number of new crime documentaries are headed to Channel 5's schedule later this year, among them Killing Spree from producer Twofour.
TORONTO, March 3: 9 Story Entertainment has picked up the global distribution rights, excluding Australia and New Zealand, for Get Ace, a new animated comedy produced by Galaxy Pop.
LONDON, March 3: Next month in Cannes, ITV Studios is slated to showcase a slew of new scripted and unscripted formats, including The Guest List, a comedy entertainment show.
SEOUL, March 3: K-pop star Kim Hee-chul (Super Junior) has signed on to lead the cast of Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team, a tentatively titled comedy drama slated to air on CJ E&M's tvN later this year.
NEW YORK, March 3: AMC/Sundance Channel Global has elevated Gail Gendler to VP of acquisitions and Patrick Connolly to VP of programming and scheduling.
LONDON, March 3: BBC Worldwide has named Joel Churcher as the VP and general manager for Africa.
MALIBU, March 3: Saban Brands has renewed its licensing agreement with JAKKS Pacific, allowing the American toymaker to continue producing Halloween costumes and accessories based on its Power Rangers franchise through 2017.
SYDNEY, March 3: Essential Media and Entertainment has brought on Chris Irvine as commercial director and Leo Faber as development executive for factual.
SINGAPORE, March 3: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced Paras Sharma as the new VP of MTV Brand, Comedy Central and Digital Media Asia.
LONDON, February 28: ITV has purchased the Danish TV production outfit United, which is behind a number of factual and entertainment series.
LOS ANGELES/TOKYO, February 28: After less than three years in the Japanese market, Hulu is selling its business to Nippon Television Network Corporation.
LONDON, February 28: In time for Agatha Christie’s 125th celebration year in 2015, BBC One has commissioned two new adaptations of the prolific author’s work.
ARLINGTON, February 28: The latest study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) finds that while the vast majority (79 percent) of online U.S. adults obtain the video content they watch from traditional TV programming providers, a significant number of viewers are turning to digital sources as well.
LONDON, February 28: Three scripted series from the Warner Bros. portfolio, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and ER, are getting local treatments in Asia, with commissions and options secured in the Philippines, Thailand and India.
PARIS, February 28: MIPTV is hosting a Focus on Israel at the upcoming market, which takes place April 7 to 10.
NEW YORK, February 28: Elie Dekel, the president of Saban Brands, talks with World Screen Newsflash about the importance of working with brands that create lasting connections with passionate fans.
NEW YORK, February 28: Henry Winkler, best known for his time on the classic sitcom Happy Days as The Fonz, talks with World Screen Newsflash about bringing the children's book series he wrote to CBBC as a TV series.
BURBANK, February 28: In the exclusive documentary special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, which is set to air on ABC on March 18, audiences will be taken into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has yielded such hits as Iron Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
LONDON, February 28: Mapp and Lucia, a book series penned by E.F. Benson, is slated to air as a comedic drama on BBC One.
TOKYO, February 28: Two seasons of the hit animated franchise Pokémon, as well as two of its movie spin-offs, are becoming available to stream on Netflix starting tomorrow.
CANNES, February 28: TANDEM Communciations is highlighting Sex, Lies and Handwriting (working title) in the run-up to MIPTV, along with the first two seasons of Crossing Lines, another crime show, and Pirate’s Passage, a book-based animated movie.
LONDON, February 28: Channel 4 has placed an order for Ultimate Dealer, a tentatively titled daytime show that watches as dealers compete to earn the most money.
LOS ANGELES, February 28: U.S. network mun2 has begun production on a third season of the reality series Larrymania, starring regional Mexican singer Larry Hernandez.