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Freeform Summit: Sony reboots Party of Five

During the first-ever Freeform Summit, from Disney’s young adult television network, Sony Pictures Television has announced that it will reboot fan-favourite Party of Five with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents […]

TBI’s top ten stories of 2017

In many ways, 2017 was a landmark year for television and the wider world, with significant changes, good and bad, in both spheres. Here, TBI runs down ten stories that defined the past twelve months. 10. Movers and shakers The big trend last year was the exodus of television executives to lead commissioning teams for […]

Pixar founder on leave after ‘unwanted hugs’ accusation

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer for Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will take a six-month break from work after misconduct allegations. Pixar staff told The Hollywood Reporter that Lasseter often gave “unwanted hugs” and invaded the personal space of his colleagues. Staffers have also accused the man behind films such as Toy Story, […]

TBI Weekly: the Mouse chases the Fox

It was revealed this week that Fox has been in talks with Disney about selling some of its content assets to the Mouse House. Fox would put most of its entertainment business on the table, including the Hollywood studio, FX and National Geographic, its stake in European satcaster Sky and Indian pay TV business Star. But, why […]

Mercury Filmworks expands management team

Canadian animation studio Mercury Filmworks is expanding its management team, promoting several key executives and hiring new staff as its content library grows. Mercury claims high demand for its content from buyers such as Disney, Netflix and Amazon means expansion is needed. The firm has over ten projects in the delivery pipeline along with the […]

Freeform orders Pretty Little Liars spin-off

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, has ordered drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series is based on the book The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard, who also penned the New York Times bestselling book series Pretty Little Liars. The book is set in the seemingly […]

TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

Disney to launch branded channel on Netflix rival

Disney, fresh from pulling out of its distribution agreement with Netflix, has signed up to provide a branded channel on the streaming video outfit’s Asian rival Iflix. Disney has struck a wide-ranging deal with the Malaysia-based subscription video-on-demand company that will see it provide a branded channel on Iflix’s platform featuring Marvel and Pixar movies […]

Fremantle hires Neylon as global content head

FremantleMedia International (FMI) has appointed Katrina Neylon to the role of executive vice president of global content. TBI revealed this past Monday that Neylon had departed her former role as EVP of international sales and marketing at Studiocanal at the end of July. Neylon begins her new role in September, where she will manage the […]

Lionsgate poaches Disney veteran Goetz

Lionsgate has appointed Jared Goetz, a 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, to the newly created role of president of North American television distribution. Goetz will report to Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution. The appointment comes as Lionsgate “continues to ramp up its domestic and international sales and distribution […]

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