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Turner taps TiVo as EMEA metadata partner

Turner has selected TiVo as its metadata distribution partner for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Under the terms of the deal, Turner will use TiVo’s new Studio, Broadcast and Network Metadata Packages to manage electronic programme guide data and distribution for its 44 EMEA channels. “Today’s consumers demand a fully connected entertainment experience […]

Turner taps Nick for Boomerang SVOD chief

Turner has poached Sundance Feniger from Nickelodeon to run its new Boomerang subscription VOD service. He has been named VP and general manager of the service, which is a joint venture between Turner and stablemate Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group. The role will see him lead the overall Boomerang streaming business and partner with Korean […]

Boomerang OTT service goes live

Turner and Warner Bros’ animation subscription video-on-demand service, Boomerang, has gone live in the US. The service, which was announced last month, is aimed at “cartoon lovers of all ages” with titles taken from Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library. The service has gone live with 1,000 episodes of cartoons featuring characters like Scooby-Doo, […]

Turner’s Northern Europe boss exiting

Ian McDonough, Turner’s boss in Northern Europe, is leaving the channels business. He joined Turner in 2014 from BBC Worldwide where he had been EVP, covering the Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions for the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. At Turner he oversaw the Northern Europe operations, including the UK, where […]

TV Connect 2017: Consumer power and cloud opening up ‘new model’ for broadcasters

Changes in content creation and distribution are being driven by “consumer pull” factors rather than technology-driven “push” initiatives, with low-cost cloud-based technology enabling broadcasters to launch new services and channels that could be tested out without a huge investment, according to a panel of speakers at TV Connect this morning. Jamie Friend, CFO, turner Europe/EMEA, […]

Sony buys Turner’s UK truTV

Turner rolled out the general entertainment channel in amid much fanfare in May 2014, but it struggled to gain a foothold with centerpiece launch series Conan removed from the schedule and an audience share of under 1%. The launch marked the pay TV group’s move into free-to-air in the UK, with truTV on digital terrestrial […]

Turner appoints LatAm president

Turner Latin America has named Joel Whitten ‘Whit’ Richardson III as its president, in effect replacing Juan Carlos Urdaneta. Richardson is a 23-year Turner veteran, and in his new role has taken charge of the company’s regional general entertainment, kids, sports and free-to-air channel brands; distribution of the CNN news services; and L&M activity. He […]

Turner buys Bigballs stake

The international arm of Turner has bought into Bigballs Media marking the first investment for the company’s new Digital Ventures & Innovation group. Bigballs owns the Copa90 video platform and online channel, which specialises in football-based fan content. It does not own rights to games, but has wraparound programming and claims 12 million subs and […]

Turner to distribute Cartoon Network on Telekom Austria DTH platform

Turner has teamed up with Telekom Austria Group to distribute Cartoon Network on the latter’s white label DTH platform for central and eastern Europe on the Eutelsat 16A satellite. Telekom Austria will will act as a full technical contributor for the Cartoon Network CEE and Balkans feeds. The pair said that the deal would allow […]

Turner and AzamTV take Boing into East Africa

Turner has expanded children’s channel Boing into new markets in East Africa after agreeing a deal with satellite TV provider AzamTV. Turner-owned Boing Africa is now available for the first time in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania via Azam’s basic TV package. “This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality […]