Broadcasters


Fox hires Gail Berman for ‘content development accelerator’ Sidecar

Fox Entertainment, the TV and programming arm of the new post-Disney sale Fox Corporation, is launching Sidecar, a new ‘content development accelerator’ that will be headed by Gail Berman. Sidecar, as its name is intended to convey, will sit side-by-side with Fox Entertainment and will be tasked with identifying and incubating programming both for the […]

DTG names Simon Fell as chair

The UK’s Digital TV Group, which serves as a collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has named Simon Fell as its new independent chair. Fell will take over from David Docherty, who has spent 10 years in the post. Fell was most recently director of technology and innovation at the European Broadcasting Union […]

Bakish: Pluto TV acquisition will be OTT ‘game changer’ for Viacom

Viacom’s acquisition of ad-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV will be a “game changer” for the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy, according to the studio’s CEO Bob Bakish, and will play a key role in the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy both domestically and internationally, with the launch of a Spanish-language service planned in the near term. Speaking to […]

Ukrainian 4K channel broadcasting on Amos 7

What is claimed to be Ukraine’s first 4K TV channel, Nashe Media Group’s #Nashe HDR channel, is now being broadcast across the country by Ukrainian operator UKrKosmos on Spacecom’s Amos 7 satellite. Nashe Media Group plans to follow up the launch of the UHD service, which highlights Ukraine’s natural beauty and nature and cultural heritage, […]

TF1 brings digital activities together under Abecassis

French broadcaster TF1 is bringing its digital activities together in a new division, Unify, under digital and innovation chief and Auféminin CEO Olivier Abecassis. Unify will comprise all of TF1’s new digital activities except its OTT and Replay TV services, bringing together the Auféminin group of websites – including Auféminin, Marmiton and MyLittleParis – e-health […]

Turner expands Branco’s role to MENAT

Turner EMEA has named Pierre Branco as senior vice-president and general manager, northern Europe and MENAT – the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The appointment expands his current sphere of responsibility to include Turner’s Middle East, Northern Africa, Turkey and Cyprus businesses. Branco has been Turner’s Northern Europe chief since July 2017, overseeing the […]

Eurosport celebrates 30 years with new brand IT and Spotify initiative

Discovery-owned sports channel Eurosport has launched a new brand identity to mark its 30th anniversary. The brand identity is designed to mark the spirit and sports stars of 1989 across Eurosport linear, digital and social platforms in the form of idents, pre-title sequences and promos. Eurosport has also commissioned several 1989-inspired short-format series, to air […]

MTV launches mobile SVOD service in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MTV’s first-ever direct-to-consumer SVOD mobile streaming app MTV Play in the UK. MTV Play is targeted at younger, mobile-first audiences who want to watch MTV’s youth-focused reality content. The app will include a broad array of catch-up and box set content and a live feed of the MTV […]

Médiamétrie: catch-up and multiscreen growing, fiction programming benefiting

French audiences are increasingly turning to catch-up and multiscreen viewing, with fiction programming benefiting more than other genres, according to audience research group Médiamétrie. Each day in 2018, over 7.2 million French people viewed catch-up TV for over an hour, with an average catch-up viewing time of one hour and three minutes. Catch-up viewing has grown by 26% in two years, […]

Lagardère in exclusive talks with M6 over sale of channels

Lagardère has entered into exclusive negotiations with commercial broadcaster M6 Group for the sale of its TV channels. Lagardère, which has decided to focus on the development of its publishing and travel retail activities and to exit broadcasting, is in exlcusive talks with RTL-owned M56 for the sale of all of its TV channels with […]