Discovery completes deal to buy New Zealand’s Mediaworks

Discovery has completed its deal to acquire a raft of free-to-air channels from New Zealand operator MediaWorks, including NBCUniversal-joint venture network Bravo. The US-based factual giant, which first revealed the deal in September, now owns MediaWorks former networks including Three, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub. It has also bought entertainment-focused […]

NBCUniversal teams up with Google for VR

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

Bravo goes free-to-air for the first time

Cable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four. A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being […]

BuzzFeed launches social TV initiative

BuzzFeed has partnered with Bravo and IFC to launch its BuzzFeed Social Tune In Program, which it says will create a “full-circle TV, social and digital program for advertisers.” The social news site said the partnership programme will allow advertisers to cross-promote their content on BuzzFeed and their own web properties. As part of the scheme, […]

NBCU revenues up but Comcast ‘underweight’ internationally

NBCUniversal saw fourth quarter revenues rise 7.5% to reach US$6.5 billion (€4.8 billion) but parent company Comcast says it is “underweight” internationally and will look at acquisitions opportunities. Both NBCU’s US cable networks – such as market leader USA Network and Bravo – and broadcast channel NBC posted year-on-year growth, bringing in revenues of US$2.3 […]

Spotify teams up with Bravo

London-headquartered music service Spotify is partnering with US network Bravo to build playlists of songs relating to a number of the latter’s shows. The partnership, designed to coincide with Bravo’s November TV premieres will see Spotify build evolving playlists for programmes including The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules […]

Fox Intn’l poaches programming boss from Bravo

Fox International Channels has hired Christian Barcellos as its executive VP, lifestyle and reality programming. In the newly-created role Barcellos will oversee all original development, production and acquisitions in the unscripted space and develop a long term strategy for FIC in the reality and lifestyle category. He joins from NBCU-owned cable net Bravo where he […]