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Antenna appoints former NBC Universal, Cineflix Studios boss

Pete Smith, the former NBC Universal and Cineflix Studios boss, has been recruited as managing director of Greek broadcast group Antenna. The Greek TV company said it had brought in Smith as part of a wider plan to extend its international presence. Antenna CEO Theodore Kyriakou said that Smith will play a key role in […]

European pay TV channel revenues to hit US$5.5bn by 2018

Revenues for Europe’s top pay TV channels is expected to grow by 31% to US$5.52 billion by 2018, with Viacom holding onto its slot as the leading international channel provider, according to Digital TV Research. According to Digital TV Research’s TV Channel Revenues in Europe report, Viacom will turn in revenues of US$749 million in […]

Kevin MacLellan replaces Jeff Shell at NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal has confirmed that Kevin MacLellan has been elevated to chairman of its international operations. The move, which sees MacLellan (pictured) become chairman, NBCUniversal International, from his previous position of president, international television, follows yesterday’s news that Jeff Shell is moving back to LA from London to run the Studio’s film division. MacLellan will remain […]

NBCU hires FremantleMedia exec

NBCUniversal has recruited Jacqueline Moreton from FremantleMedia and she will join the studio’s International TV Production division in London as senior VP, business affairs. NBCU said Moreton will be “instrumental in implementing NBCU International TV Production’s strategy as it enters its next phase of growth”. At FremantleMedia she was head of legal and business affairs […]

Rastamouse makes tracks for Lovefilm

Amazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has acquired a children’s programming package including Rastamouse from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution’s library. The deal gives Lovefilm UK rights to series such as Curious George, Barbie: Princess Charm School, The Land Before Time and Maisy. Rastmouse’s international distributor DHX Media appointed NBCU subsidiary Universal Pictures UK as its local home […]

Intel moving forward to secure content for pay TV service

Intel is reportedly offering a premium of up to 75% over standard cable rates to secure content for its planned pay TV service, but has yet to close a deal with any major content provider. According to a Reuters report, citing unnamed sources familiar with the talks, Intel is offering considerably more than standard US […]

Universal Channel to go live in Germany

NBC Universal International Television’s channels division is set to launch its flagship pay-TV brand Universal Channel in Germany for the first time on September 5. The channel will be available on Sky Deutschland in HD and on Deutsche Telecom, in both HD and SD, with the rollout following a recent look, logo and tagline overhaul […]

Virgin Media adds 21 channels to TV Anywhere line-up

UK cable operator Virgin Media has added 21 new channels to its TV Anywhere multiscreen service taking the total number of channels available on the service to 66. Virgin Media is adding new channels from BSkyB, Channel 4, Discovery Networks, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom International Media Networks to its multiscreen line-up. The complete […]

MSN reportedly looking to revive Heroes for Xbox

MSN could be planning to make a new season of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes for its Xbox games console platform, according to a US report. US website TVLine reported that MSN was interested in relaunching the series, without naming sources. MSN created Xbox Entertainment Studios in February under former CBS executive Nancy Tellem and hired […]

Syfy Kids heads for CEE

KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013. The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed. The partnership, which was […]