Lionsgate signs deal with Dexter’s Goldwyn

Lionsgate is set to partner with John Goldwyn, the well-known producer of Dexter and Manhunt: Unabomber, on a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted programming for television and streaming platforms. Goldwyn will work with Lionsgate through his John Goldwyn Productions banner. Lionsgate will have exclusive first-look rights to all television projects developed and produced […]

Fighting the pirates

Illegal downloads and streams are directly impacting the TV business, but how far are they changing the distribution models of tomorrow, and what can be done to stop the flow? Robert Shepherd reports The global TV industry has always faced major challenges. Whether it was uncertainty surrounding digital switchover, the ongoing lack of diversity on […]

Jason Simms joining Sky Vision from Fox

Jason Simms is swapping his role as senior VP of global acquisitions at Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa to become Sky Vision’s drama and comedy chief. A familiar face at international markets, Simms has been with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster for more than twelve years, during which time he bought first-run rights to […]

NBCU Intn’l, RTL, TF1 order first procedural

The international production arm of NBCUniversal and European powerhouse broadcasters RTL Deutschland and TF1 have greenlit Gone, the first international procedural resulting from the trio’s drama deal. The series will be based on the Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick and run to twelve one-hour episodes. Chris Noth, star of juggernaut US procedural Law & Order, […]

Showtime cable net cuts landmark Spanish deal

Movistar will be the exclusive Spanish home of Showtime series after the pay TV platform inked an exclusive deal with the US cable net. Showtime, which is owned by CBS, has similar agreements in place with Sky in the UK, Bell Media in Canada and Stan in Australia. The Spanish deal means shows including Billions […]

Netflix reveals global bingeing habits

Netflix users tend to burn through The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, but take their time on House of Cards and Bloodline, according to new data from the SVOD service. Netflix has revealed ‘The Binge Scale’, which it claims shows how customers in more than 190 countries consume more than 100 serialised […]

Universal Television names president

Pearlena Igbokwe has taken the reins at Universal Television, NBC’s cable and broadcast production arm. Igbokwe moves across from NBC Entertainment where she was executive VP, drama programming, to take the chairman role at Universal Television. She replaces Bela Bajaria who left Universal last week after under a year in the job. Prior to NBC […]

Sky inks landmark European Showtime deal

Sky and CBS have agreed a European deal that sees the pay TV operator take exclusive rights to Showtime programming across its regional footprint. The programming pact, hailed as one of the most important ever for Sky and the most significant international deal ever for CBS’ Showtime, gives Sky all of premium cable net’s original […]

Netflix: viewers never hooked by shows’ pilots

Pilot episodes do not immediately hook viewers to a TV show, but taking away ad breaks and linear scheduling fosters repeat viewing, according to Netflix. In new research that analyses its own global streaming data, Netflix said that when consumers can watch an “entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge.” By looking […]

HBO, Showtime deals for Presto as Stan taps ABC

Australian on-demand services Presto and Stan have both scored new programming deals. The deals come as Australia’s on-demand market adapts to a number of new services launching in the territory in recent months, and ahead of the upcoming launch of Netflix. Presto’s deals hand the Foxtel-owned SVOD service HBO programming including The Sopranos, Entourage, The […]

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