News Corp planning sports channel launch

News Corp is eyeing the launch of a national sports network in the United States, a move that would put them in direct competition with international sports broadcaster ESPN. The company is looking to convert its action sports channel Fuel, which is currently in 36 million homes and airs content including mixed martial arts. The […]

A+E names Zidek as European content sales director

A+E Networks has poached former Lionsgate executive Hana Zidek to become director of content sales across Europe and the Middle East. Zidek was previously director of international sales at Lionsgate, which distributes series including Mad Men and Weeds, and she looked after sales in the Nordic regions and other territories across Europe. She will be […]

BBC names Natural History head

British public broadcaster the BBC has promoted Wendy Darke as head of its Natural History Unit. This follows the departure of Andrew Jackson, who has joined international factual broadcaster Discovery in a global production role. Darke has worked at the unit for 20 years and has produced big budget factual series including Big Cat Diary, […]

UKTV in Miramax movie deal

UK broadcaster UKTV will air a number of Miramax movies after the companies signed a licensing deal. UKTV operates channels including Watch, Dave, Gold and Eden. Miramax titles include There Will be Blood, Eagle vs Shark and No Country For Old Men. “UKTV has a proven record of delivering high-quality feature films to its subscribers […]

EBU selects NovelSat for satellite modulation

The European Broadcasting Union has selected satellite technology company NovelSat’s NS3 satellite modulation technology to distribute news and sports content within its global network. The EBU is using NovelSat’s NS3-powered NS1000 and NS2000 satellite modulators and demodulators. NovelSat said the deployment of its satellite modulation technology enables the EBU to reduce costs while increasing bandwidth […]

Disney strikes TVOD deal with Google UK

Hollywood studio Disney has struck transactional video-on-demand deals with online video services YouTube and Google Play in the UK. The deals, the first signed by the company in the region, mean that customers can acquire or rent movies on their computers or smartphones. Movies available via the services include recent hits Real Steel and Fright […]

Viasat Broadcasting appoints programming chief

Viasat Broadcasting has appointed Jakob Mejlhede as senior vice-president of acquisitions and programming. Mejlhede has worked at Viasat Broadcasting for five years and takes on his new role with immediate effect. Based in London, he will be responsible for all of Viasat’s programming acquisition and content development for its free and pay TV channels across 35 […]

HbbTV consortium holds general assembly

The second general assembly of the HbbTV consortium has been held at the EBU’s headquarters in Geneva. Around 30 delegates attended yesterday’s meeting, which included the first elections for the steering group of HbbTV. The agenda included reports on the launches of HbbTV services in France, Germany, Spain, Austria and the Netherlands. These hybrid TV […]

Interview: Olivier Laouchez, CEO, Trace

As French media group Trace prepares to expand the distribution of its new sports channel Trace Sports, founder and CEO Olivier Laouchez spoke to Graham Pomphrey about how the channel fits into the company’s role of music broadcaster. Last year, France-based broadcast group Trace made its first steps into sports, with the launch of Trace […]

ITV “well positioned” to launch pay VOD in Q2

British commercial broadcaster ITV is expected to launch its own pay video-on-demand service in the second half of 2012. The broadcaster is set to launch transactional and subscription style services to its ITV Player later this year and will develop services based around micropayments. This comes after ITV recently inked deals with Netflix, Lovefilm and […]