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Cartoon Network to launch Imagination Studios site in EMEA

Children’s broadcaster Cartoon Network is due to launch a new online site where kids can create their own cartoon characters and animations.  Cartoon Network Imagination Studios will launch across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the coming months and is designed to “inspire and celebrate the imagination and creativity ‎of kids.” Visitors will be […]

Turner lines up US$590m Ten offer

Time Warner is set to make an offer worth A$680 million (€409 million) through its channels arm, Turner Broadcasting System, to acquire troubled Australian broadcaster Network Ten. Time Warner’s senior VP James Burtson has contacted Ten’s investment bank advisor Citi to express interest over a possible acquisition of the free-to-air network, according to the Australian […]

Viacom appoints international comedy channels VP

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Turner Broadcasting executive Jemma Yates as vice-president content, Comedy Central International. Yates will take up the newly created, London-based role in January, reporting to Jill Offman, VIMN’s managing director of Comedy Central UK and senior vice-president, comedy for VIMN. She will work across VIMN’s portfolio of 17 international […]

Turner to launch UK free-to-air channel

Turner Broadcasting UK is launching a new general entertainment free-to-air channel, truTV – it’s first venture into the UK free-to-air market. The 24-hour channel will be available on the UK digital-terrestrial platform from early August, airing a range of unscripted shows including Fear Factor, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, Killer Karaoke, Container Wars, South Beach Tow, Redneck […]

Turner names new distribution chief

Turner Broadcasting has named Humphrey Black as its new vice-president, media distribution, EMEA. Black was previously director of channel distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for the licensing of Disney’s channels and branded VoD services as well as providing strategy and developing best practice for local and regional sales teams […]

Turner names new marketing chief

Turner Broadcasting has named Lesley Bailey to the new role of vice-president of channel marketing and brand management for its EMEA business. Bailey will be responsible for leading Turner Broadcasting’s kids channel marketing and brand management strategy and will report to Patricia Hidalgo, senior vice-president, content and creative officer. Bailey previously held senior marketing and […]

Channel 5 reportedly up for sale

Richard Desmond, the owner of UK terrestrial network Channel 5, is reportedly weighing up selling the channel in a deal that could be worth more than £700 million (€846 million). According to a Financial Times report, which cites two people familiar with the situation, Desmond has tasked Barclays with advising on possible options for Channel […]

Turner turns to Arqiva for satellite distribution and playout

Turner Broadcasting has turned to media services provider Arqiva to provide satellite distribution and playout for its services across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The deal makes Arqiva Turner Broadcasting’s largest partner for play-out responsibility for its EMEA and APAC markets. Arqiva will be responsible for 24 channels in EMEA and a 17-channel […]

Turner appoints UK kids TV boss

Turner Broadcasting has handed the director of UK kids channels role to Sean Gorman. Gorman has been at Turner for eleven years, previously as senior programming manager for its UK kids channels. In his new role he will oversee acquisition, commissioning and on-air creative for a trio of channels: Cartoon Network, its preschool sibling Cartoonito […]

Turner names Friend to new strategy post

Turner Broadcasting has appointed Jamie Friend to the newly created role of vice-president, corporate strategy and insights within its EMEA business.  Friend will be charged with identifying internal and external growth opportunities as well as providing support for the resulting investment, and will report to senior vice-president and chief operating officer EMEA Peter Flamman. He […]