CME


New Bake Off format deals

Czech pubcaster CT has ordered a local version of the popular Bake Off format. The new version of the baking competition format will run to ten episodes and the green light means the format has been licensed to 25 countries in all. In the UK, the series is switching from the BBC to Channel 4, […]

CME growing Farm format in five territories

Warner Bros.-backed CEE broadcaster CME has agreed a new three-year, five-territory deal for the evergreen reality format The Farm. The show will be on the Markiza channel in Slovakia, BTV in Bulgaria, Nova in the Czech Republic, Pro TV in Romania and Nova in Croatia. The show, which runs in either 60 or 90 minute […]

CME ‘positioned for growth’, says CEO

CME co-CEO Christoph Mainusch has claimedthe CEE broadcast group is now leaner, fitter and more efficient after a tough period. Time Warner-backed CME has channels across the CEE region and Mainusch and his co-CEO Michael Del Nin were tasked with turning the business around after a period in which it had suffered as region-wide ad […]

Endemol Shine names int’l ops COO

Marina Williams has been named COO of international operations at Endemol Shine Group. Williams (pictured) was formerly Endemol Shine’s regional CEO of central and eastern Europe and Middle East and North Africa, but has added India and Africa to her duties with the promotion. She will work closely with management at local companies such as […]

Analysts bullish on CME after Time Warner bailout

Analysts have said the outlook is positive for central and eastern Europe-focused broadcast group CME in the wake of its recent refinancing by Time Warner. Citing “further support” from 49% shareholder Time Warner, credit analyst Moody’s said: “The stable outlook reflects early signs of turnaround in CME’s operating performance with a return to adequate advertising […]

CME reports loss, but bullish on 2015

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) reported an upturn in revenues and operating income in Q3, the company’s strongest quarter of the year so far. Announcing its third quarter results, CME reported net revenues of US$140.1 million, up 7% compared to last year, while operating income before depreciation and amortisation was US$2.9 million compared to a […]

BBCWW cuts first Tumble deals

Romania has become the first country to buy the Tumble gymnastics format. BBC Worldwide launched the show at MIPCOM and CME Programming has now acquired the show for its free-to-air Romanian channel Pro TV. The UK version of Tumble, the shiny-floor show in which celebrities are trained in gymnastic disciplines, counts Romanian star gymnast Nadia […]

Antena tuned to Romanian TV

The Romanian TV market is ultra-competitive with numerous channels vying for ratings and a slice of the modest ad revenues available. Antena Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu tells Stewart Clarke about his plan for the locally-owned broadcaster to overtake US-backed CME in the battle for eyeballs and about the challenges facing the country’s television sector. Seated […]

Time Warner taking control at CME

US media giant Time Warner is exerting greater control at Central and Eastern Europe-focussed broadcast group CME, and is set to increase its ownership stake further this month as a series of complex financial transactions play out. Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes has talked about the “interesting long-term opportunities” at CME and a rights offering […]

Lauder leaves CME after two decades

Ronald Lauder, the founder of Central European Media Enterprises, has resigned from the company’s board. Lauder (left) started CME in 1994 with the launch of TV Nova in the Czech Republic. He has been non-executive chairman of the company for the ensuing twenty years. His departure from the Time-Warner backed Central and Eastern European broadcast […]

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