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New UK and scripted chiefs for Studio71

Multichannel operator Studio71 has expanded its UK business by hiring a local managing director and had added a US-based scripted chief. Former StyleHaul executive James Stafford will lead a new UK-based studio as MD, while Broken Road Productions’ Jeremy Stein is joining as senior VP of scripted content. Part of Stafford’s duties will be working […]

Story Lab parent buys into Gleam Futures

The Story Lab parent Dentsu Aegis Network has bought into UK-based digital talent management firm Gleam Futures. Dentsu plans to use its entertainment content unit, Story Lab, to open new avenues for Gleam in new markets and expands its global offering. Story Lab has made an impact on international distribution in the past year, acquiring […]

Verizon, Awesomeness drop premium plans

Verizon and AwesomenessTV have shelved plans to develop a premium content service. The pair were working up a mobile on-demand service after telco Verizon bought a minority stake in streaming service Awesomeness for US$650 million (€612 million). These plans have,however, now been ditched, and the exec charged with overseeing the launch, Samie Kim Falvey, has […]

TF1, Mediaset, ProSieben partner on MCN investments

France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates. In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN […]

AT&T launches mobile-skewed OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

Barcroft Media launches animal channel

Multichannel Network provider Barcroft Media has launched a new YouTube channel dedicated to the world of animals. The MCN’s latest channel features animal stories from around the world. Barcroft Animals will focus on the genre that parent company Barcroft TV says has consistently been the most successful with its 2.3 million subscribers. Barcroft is, for […]

Discovery buys into Chinese MCN

Discovery has acquired a stake in VS Media, a Chinese multichannel network business. The MCN offers Chinese consumers locally made entertainment content from a roster of 500 creators. It works with the content creators, giving them studio space, funding, marketing and commercial assistance, and VS Media content now registers about 320 million views a month. […]

AMC creates eSports SVOD network

AMC Networks International Iberia and gamer culture MCN Machinima have created an SVOD network dedicated to eSports and gaming. The platform, billed as a “many2many service”, will be available on pay TV platforms, smart TVs and as iOS and Android apps in Spain and Portugal. Programming will include Machinima original productions such as Street Fighter: […]

RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]

Rightster rebrands as Brave Bison in content creation push

UK-based digital company Rightster is rebranding as Brave Bison as it prepares to reposition as a content-creating, social video broadcaster. The company previously provided various digital services to entertainment and advertising firms and had MCN assets through its £50 million (€63 million) acquisition of Base79 in 2014, but is now creating an in-house production studio […]

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