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STX president Sophie Watts steps down

STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts is set to step down from the company “to focus on new business opportunities”, according to the company. All divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath. Watts directly oversaw STX’s digital, VR and unscripted TV studios and was instrumental […]

Virgin buys ‘Flemish noir’ brothel drama

UK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium. The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand. The series, produced in Dutch with English […]

Starz vehicle

Chris Albrecht tells Jesse Whittock about the new look Starz business following its merger with North American studio Lionsgate, about his relationship with cable king John Malone and how OTT is making international business more viable. Chris Albrecht is a proponent of entertainment media consolidation in today’s market, which is why he was a driving […]

Liberty Global appoints Nair as CEO of LatAm

Liberty Global’s chief technology and innovation officer, Balan Nair, is set to become president and CEO of the cable giant’s Latin American and Caribbean arm once it is spun off. Liberty Global said Nair will remain in his current role until its Lat Am operation is split off into a separate public company, which is […]

Who to meet in Cannes: Katie O’Connell Marsh, Platform One Media

Name: Katie O’Connell Marsh; Company: Platform One Media Liberty Global’s push into original content has been one of the more notable narratives in international scripted circles in the past year. Having first entered the original content market through a 50% stake in All3Media, it has now partnered with Texas-based TPG Growth to launch LA-based studio […]

A+E nabs Liberty exec for Americas role

A+E Networks has appointed Liberty Global exec Francisco Guijon as senior VP for the Americas. Guijon will report to Edward Sabin, executive managing director of international for A+E Networks. Based in Miami, Guijon will be responsible for managing the profitability and expansion of A+E’s high-growth channels and media assets in Latin America and Canada, including […]

Iflix closes $133m funding round led by Hearst

Emerging market SVOD service Iflix has completed a US$133 million funding round led by US media giant Hearst. Existing shareholders Sky, Liberty Global, Evolution Media and Jungle Ventures also increased their investments in the firm, and were joined by new backers Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank. Iflix has now raised in excess […]

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 […]

Lionsgate & Liberty Global partner on thriller for Starz

Lionsgate and Liberty Global have partnered up to produce new spy thriller The Rook for the premium pay platform Starz. The series will air on the Lionsgate-owned Starz platform in the US next year. At the same time, Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on-demand across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lionsgate will […]

Ex-Gaumont chief to lead Liberty-backed producer

Former Gaumont Television CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh is to lead to lead a production and distribution company with backing from Liberty Global and Texan TV financier TPG Growth. LA-based Platform One Media will aim to develop, produce and distribute high-end scripted programming for the US and international markets, with Narcos producer O’Connell Marsh (pictured) leading […]

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