- New world order
OTT is entering an era of unprecedented growth and there is much further to go as the second screen becomes the first in many countries, says SeaChange's Jay Samit.
- Freshening up factual
Alison Kirkham, acting controller of factual commissioning at the BBC, says she wants new and exciting ideas for the Beeb's factual programming.
- C21 publishes Festival Daily for iPad
Following three days of news, views and pictures from the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, C21 has packaged the content from each of the Festival Daily magazines into one iPad issue.
- Zodiak takes BBC2 to Versailles
GEITF: BBC2 in the UK has acquired Canal+’s English-language period drama Versailles from distributor Zodiak Rights.
- Antenna extends Argentinian comedy
Greek broadcaster Antenna Group is extending its local adaptation of Argentinian romantic comedy series Graduados with an original Greek script for the second season.
- A+E revisits OJ Simpson trial
A+E Networks will air two new documentaries about OJ Simpson around the world this year to mark the 20th anniversary of his infamous murder trial.
- Comedy Central UK eyes local sitcoms
GEITF: Comedy Central UK is looking to commission more original British sitcoms for the international market as it begins to shift away from acquiring US content.
- BBC 'slowly strangling itself'
GEITF: The BBC was said to be “slowly strangling itself” during a heated debate about the corporation’s future here in Edinburgh yesterday.
- NRJ12 preps The Fall season
French DTT channel NRJ12 will launch a dozen new shows this fall, including drama series The Fall and a local adaptation of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
- Core's US TV chief exits
Core Media Group's head of US television has left the American Idol producer as part of a reshuffle of its management team as the company attempts to refinance its estimated US$300m debt.
- US has ‘work to do’ on diversity
GEITF: Bosses from ABC, Showtime and HBO in the US have weighed in on the diversity debate, with some saying they must do more to be representative.
- Amazon follows Netflix into Japan
Amazon is launching its video streaming service in Japan just days after Netflix partnered with a telecoms company in the country.
- DNI lines up Sherpa special
Discovery Channel in the US and Discovery Networks International are preparing to roll out a doc about the Sherpa community following the avalanche that hit Mount Everest last year.
- Sundance gets back Behind the Story
AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV has extended Behind the Story with The Paley Center, its show about the people who make television drama.
- Rutherford moves into Temple
LA- and Toronto-based prodco Temple Street Productions has launched a distribution division and has taken on a senior Tricon Films & Television executive to run it.
- Fincham admits ITV failings
GEITF: ITV's director of television Peter Fincham was forced to face up to the broadcaster's recent ratings struggles here in Edinburgh yesterday.
- HBO calls for sci-fi, musicals
GEITF: Michael Ellenberg, executive VP of programming at HBO, has outlined the Game of Thrones broadcaster's ambitious content strategy at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.
- BBC1 wins Channel of The Year
GEITF: BBC1 was named C21Media Channel of the Year at the annual Edinburgh TV Awards this evening as part of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.
- Sturgeon seeks BBC Scotland reform
GEITF: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for BBC Scotland to have more power and said the nation should expect something “truly radical” from the upcoming review of the pubcaster's charter.
- Vertue’s reward
Renowned producer Beryl Vertue OBE receives the GEITF’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrew Dickens reflects on her career.