The Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide have joined forces in order to reward programs which deliver the highest ratings worldwide.
The 58th Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide have joined forces for the 13th time in order to reward scripted programs who deliver the highest ratings worldwide.
Almost two years after AT&T struck a deal to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion dollars, a federal judge has ruled that AT&T can acquire Time Warner, rejecting the U.S. Justice Department’s request to block the merger.
The Justice Department filed the antitrust suit late last year, on the grounds the merger would hurt consumers because it could limit competition and raise prices. AT&T and Time Warner countered that deals such as this are necessary to keep pace with streaming rivals like Netflix.
The British government has cleared Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky while making the 21st Century Fox offer for the European pay-TV giant contingent on the sale of Sky News. The proposed Comcast-Sky merger does not raise public interest concerns and will not be issuing an intervention notice. An intervention notice had been issued for 21st Century Fox’s attempt to take full control of Sky last year due to concerns about media plurality.
In April, Comcast Corporation made a formal offer to acquire Sky, valuing the platform at $31 billion. 21st Century Fox has been trying to take full control of the company since December 2016, when it reached a deal to shell out $14.2 billion for the remaining 61-percent stake.
UK digital prodco Little Dot Studios and Discovery- and Liberty Global-owned All3Media are teaming up to launch a German production business.
Little Dot Studios in Germany, a joint venture from Little Dot and All3Media Deutschland, will develop digital video content and has already produced material for brands including Volkswagen, Lamborghini, Bentley and Suzuki.
The unit will be managed by Nils Franck, director of content, and James Loveridge, senior partnership manager, and will operate with new teams in Munich and Berlin.
The venture will be overseen by Wayne Davison, MD of content acquisition and distribution at Little Dot, and Mark Stehli, director of production and corporate development at All3Media Deutschland.
Source: C21 Media
Netflix has confirmed the agreement with former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce potentially scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features.
The Obamas have established Higher Ground Productions as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix. The programming will focus on inspirational stories rather than being used for political purposes or attacking the Trump regime.
In the face of increasing competition from global competitors and SVoD platforms, France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have partnered to launch "The Alliance", which is described as a European production pool that will combine their resources to create TV series for international audiences.
Other public broadcasters such as RTVE in Spain, RTBF and VRT in Belgium and RTS in Switzerland will also join The Alliance on a project-by-project basis. The door is also open for other pubcaster to sign up.
Partners will collaborate within a flexible structure, meaning some or all of the member pubcasters can coproduce any project as they wish, or bring in partners from outside the group.
Members will keep each other informed of potential coproduction opportunities, while ensuring that linear and non-linear TV rights remain with European pubcasters.
On the heels of the series’ Season 2 premiere, HBO has renewed Emmy-winning Westworld for a third season.
Created for television by Nolan and Joy, based on the film written by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. The show debuted on HBO in October 2016 to become the network’s most-watched freshman series ever. It returned for its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 22. In Season 2, the androids have revolted against their human creators.
Westworld has been a big success for HBO. Its second season premiered with 2.1 million viewers in its 9 PM timeslot — up 5% from the series’ linear debut in fall 2016. Compared with the Season 1 average, the Season 2 debut was up 13%. In its first season, the series garnered 22 Emmy nominations and won five.
The second season is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
CBS All Access, CBS Corp’s direct-to-consumer digital SVoD service, has launched in Canada, marking its first expansion into an international market.
CBS All Access will offer Canadian viewers more than 7,500 commercial-free episodes on demand, spanning full current seasons of select CBS series, entire previous seasons and classic shows for C$5.99 (US$4.66).
Current seasons of primetime shows include NCIS, Bull, Seal Team, MacGyver and Instinct, with new episodes available on the platform seven days after they are broadcast on CBS.
All past seasons of 15 primetime series, including NCIS, Survivor, Elementary, Madam Secretary and more are also available.
Fox is known for producing big-budget drama series in the U.S. that travel the world. For the first time, Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa is deploying its own team of secret agents.
Created by Simon Maxwell and Matthew Parkhill, Deep State stars the British actor Mark Strong as Max Easton, a retired Secret Service operative who tries to shut down an Irian missile program.
The series is produced by the British production companies Endor Productions, 6 Degree Media, Little Island Productions. A second season has already been confirmed ahead of the launch of the series.
Source : Drama Quarterly
The Japanese actor Kazuki Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2) and Malaysian actor Bront Palarae (Halfworlds, Satan’s Slave) will be starring in HBO Asia’s new horror anthology series Folklore.
The six-part series is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms. Developed by HBO Asia and created by Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, all six episodes will take place across multiple Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Each will be based on the respective country’s deeply rooted superstitions and myths.
Folklore is produced in partnership with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) as part of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration to develop the drama production capabilities of Singapore’s media industry and talent.
US broadcast network NBC has renewed its gameshow "The Wall" for a 20-episode third season.
The format, which sees pairs of teammates playing trivia question rounds for a cash prize, is a collaboration from US outfits Universal Television Alternative Studio, Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment, based on an original developed by Glassman in conjunction with Core Media Group.
It is produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, and exec produced by SpringHill’s LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Andrew Glassman and Chris Hardwick, who also hosts. It is distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International.
The format has been sold into several territories including Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, France, Germany and Spain.
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