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Sullivan lands Fox president post after Freer’s Hulu exit

Brian Sullivan has been named president and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), with former incumbent Randy Freer now bedded in at Hulu. Former Sky Deutschland chief Sullivan takes on a broad operational role that will see him in charge of revenue and distribution at Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners. […]

Deutsche Telekom has funds for scripted originals

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom is planning to invest in original scripted content from next year and has set funds aside for the project, according to Niek Jan van Damme, managing director of the telco’s domestic arm, Telekom Deutschland. Speaking on the opening panel yesterday at the ANGA COM broadband-meets-content confab in Cologne, Germany, Van Damme (pictured) […]

Sky Deutschland heads to Der Pass for original

Sky Deutschland’s latest original drama will come from 4 Blocks producer Wiedemann & Berg Television. Der Pass will run to eight episodes, based on thriller novels from Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert and set in the Alps. Sky noted its story is “inspired by the motifs of the Danish-Swedish success story The Bridge [Bron]”, which […]

Sky Deutschland locks up prison drama deal

Sky’s German operation has acquired five seasons of Wentworth, the modern-day reboot of cult classic prison drama Prisoner Cell Block H. The deal sees Wentworth enter the German market for the first time, with the Australian series playing on Sky’s flagship Sky 1 service. It launches next Wednesday (December 7). The series is distributed by […]

Sky Germany agrees multi-year deal with WWE

Sky in Germany has agreed a new multi-year with World Wrestling Entertainment to distribute pay-per-view WWE events. The deal starts from this week and also covers the broadcast of flagship WWE events including Raw and SmackDown, which will be available live on Sky Sports. “We are looking forward to the renewed partnership with Sky to […]

Sky ups profit, adds subs

Sky has reported strong full year results, with revenue climbing by 7% and adjusted operating profit increasing by 12%. Its subs base across the UK, Germany and Italy was 21.8 million, an 808,000 uptick year-on-year. Most of the subs growth – 445,000 – at the European satcaster came from the UK. Announcing its results for […]

MasterChef to front new German Sky 1

A local remake of MasterChef will run on a German version of UK general entertainment network Sky 1. MasterChef Germany will comprise 24 episodes and come from Endemol Shine Germany, which is part of the format’s owner, Endemol Shine Group. It will play on Sky 1, which will be Sky Deutschland’s take on Sky UK’s […]

Germany tipped for pay TV growth

Pay TV and paid video-on-demand revenues in Europe’s German-speaking countries is forecast to pass the €3 billion (US$3.3 billion) threshold this year, according to German commercial broadcasters’ association the VPRT. According to the organisation, pay TV and paid VOD revenues grew by 12% in Germany last year to reach €2.5 billion, while revenues across Germany, […]

Fox now streaming primetime to subs

Fox Broadcasting has begun simulcasting its primetime programming via the Fox.com and Fox Now platforms. This makes Fox the first American broadcast network to offer its key programmes as a live-streamed service for its pay TV customers around the US, and stamps former Sky Deutschland chief Brian Sullivan’s mark on Fox’s digital strategy. The streams, […]

Sky, Bavaria prepare €25m Das Boot drama

Sky’s German arm is working on an €25 million (US$28.4 million) 8x60mins TV version of the influential movie Das Boot. The project, Das Boot – the Series, is being billed as a sequel to the 1981 movie, picking up on events that occur in the film, and has German producer Bavaria Film attached to produce. […]

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