New-look Viacom takes TV to film and film to TV

New Viacom CEO, Bob Bakish, has fleshed out his turnaround plan for the media giant and pledged to bring its TV brands to film and vice versa. Announcing a slate of Nickelodeon movies for the Paramount studio, Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded movies to the slate of Viacom movie studio […]

Sony lowers forecasts but keeping studio

Sony has lowered full-year forecasts for its Pictures business after reporting a double-digit decline in revenue at the division, which includes the feature film, TV and channels operations. The Japanese company recorded a massive write down at its Pictures division earlier this year, but said yesterday the division can return to growth by producing premium […]

UK television, film eye £1.3bn opportunity

A £1.3 billion opportunity is set to present itself to the UK’s television and film industries despite uncertainty over Brexit, according to a market briefing. Ampere Analysis said that economic growth meant despite uncertainly consumers meant consumers still had “room to spend on entertainment”, despite a declining home entertainment market. Ampere agreed SVOD viewing was […]

BBC iPlayer orders first original film

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered The Rack Pack, a comedy film for its iPlayer streaming and catch up service. The feature will be made by EndemolShine-owned prodco Zeppotron and launch on iPlayer in December. The comedy drama will be set in the 70s and 80s snooker scene and detail the rivalry between Alex ‘Hurricane’ […]

AMC Networks acquires Film+ from IKO Media Group

AMC Networks International – Central Europe has acquired Czech and Slovak film channel Film+ from IKO Media Group. Film+, which airs a mix of family entertainment, dramas, classic favourites and contemporary movies, is available via operators including  UPC, FreeSat, Digi TV, SkyLink, Slovak Telekom and O2 as well as smaller providers. With Film+, AMCNI-CE’s film […]

RTL to operate Hungarian channels under Luxembourg licence

RTL Group confirmed that it plans to operate its cable channels in Hungary under a Luxembourg license in the future. The move will not see RTL close down any channels in Hungary and will also not apply to its main channel RTL Klub. However, Luxembourg licenses for cable channels including RTL+, Film+, and Cool TV […]

Freesat launches first pay VoD offering

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat is launching its first pay on-demand service today. Freesat has teamed up with Curzon Home Cinema, the on-demand arm of the Curzon cinema chain, to launch its on-demand player on the Freetime connected TV platform. The agreement will allow Freetime viewers to watch some films on the same day they […]

EU Parliament calls for TV, film to be left out of US trade talks

The European Parliament has called for TV and film services to be left out of upcoming trade negotiations between the EU and the US.  In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament said it was essential for the EU and its member states to “maintain the possibility of preserving and developing their cultural and audiovisual policies, […]

EBU points to trade talks threat to TV and film businesses

The European Broadcasting Union says that including TV and film services in upcoming trade negotiations between the EU and the US would damage the industry in Europe. The EU is about to set the parameters for trade negotiations with the US and the EBU, an association of over 50 public broadcasters, says that the TV […]