AMC Networks shakes up entertainment division

AMC has shaken up its entertainment division with a new management structure that sees BBC America boss Sarah Barnett taking the lead on entertainment. AMC has said the restructure comes after “months of organizational design work” and is to better position its national networks and AMC Studios arm in a competitive landscape. It is believed […]

Piksel appoints media and entertainment MDs

Piksel has upped head of product Kris Brown and head of solutions Kristan Bullett to joint managing directors of its media and entertainment business. Bullett and Brown succeed Ralf Tillmann, who is currently serving as interim CEO, and will take charge of Piksel’s media and entertainment operations on a global basis. “Both Kris and Kristan […]

Liberty Global opens Telenet Innovation Centre

Liberty Global has opened a “knowledge and excellence hub” in Brussels to create and test new products. Liberty said it will use the Telenet Innovation Centre – which is its second innovation hub alongside its Tech Campus near Amsterdam – to test its new technology for “connectivity, entertainment, and value-added services”. It will initially focus […]

Trump election win ‘could spell trouble’ for US entertainment

Donald Trump’s election win will make international sales harder for US media companies, according to analyst house Ovum. In an update to clients, Ovum managing director Aneil Rakity noted that entertainment content has been one of the country’s most significant exports in terms of revenue and soft power. “The ascendancy of President-elect Trump, however, could spell […]

Sky Germany revamps on-demand and entertainment offerings, axes Snap

Sky is revamping its German and Austrian entertainment and on-demand offerings and axing online service Snap as a standalone product. Sky Deutschland said that content previously available on Snap will be available via Sky Online – its pay-monthly online offering – within a newly introduced ‘Entertainment Monatsticket’ package. Priced at €9.99 per-month, the Entertainment Monatsticke […]

BBC Trust: no evidence the BBC ‘crowds out’ competition

There is “no clear evidence” that BBC entertainment, news and online content “crowd out” commercial broadcasters or local newspapers, according to research commissioned by the corporation. The report, conducted by KPMG for the BBC Trust, said that there was no firm evidence linking the BBC’s activity with patterns of increasing or decreasing consumption of entertainment […]

TalkTalk launches cut-price sport and entertainment offer

UK service provider TalkTalk is offering customers three months of half price Sky Sports and Sky Movies in time for Christmas. The Sky Sports Boost offer will give customers access to six Sky Sports channels for £15 (€12) a month, while Sky Movies Boost includes 11 Sky Movies channels and hundreds of on-demand titles for £7.50 […]

UK’s Freeview expands guide to make capacity for new channels

UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview is to expand its TV guide, moving kids and new services to new channel numbers of September 3 to create capacity for up to 99 general entertainment channels.  Channels 70-76 in the Children’s genre will move to 120-126, and News channels 80-85 will move to 130-135 on the Freeview TV guide. […]

Sky claims 2013 sports milestone

UK satellite operator BSkyB said that Sky Sports delivered a record 55,000 hours of sport last year across its six channels and Sky 3D.  Sky said that the sports output represented a 12% year-on-year increase, with its football coverage in particular attracting record viewing figures. Sky added that it reached a record 30 million plus […]