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Simon Cowell’s production company Syco Entertainment has raised US$125m to create an acquisition fund intended to expand its global reach.
Finnish production company Intervisio has invested in the year-old indie Take Two Studios and a soon-to-launch podcast company from former Banijay and Warner Television execs.
Casta Diva Entertainment, the television production arm of Italian media organisation Casta Diva Group, has reorganised its team.
BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions has named Nicholas Oakley as senior VP, unscripted development.
Mads Lindemann is returning to Scandinavia-based Viaplay Group as executive producer and development executive for non-scripted.
BBC Studios has partnered with satellite TV platform Openview to launch BBC UKTV, its first free-to-air channel in South Africa.
Format veteran Siobhan Crawford and Belgian prodco Free Kings are launching a distribution company called Glow Media.
Banijay’s German prodco Brainpool TV has appointed Nico Rossmann from RTL Television as co-managing director.
TF1 in France and Banijay-owned Endemol France are bringing back entertainment competition format Star Academy after nine years.
Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) president and CEO David Zaslav has addressed recent speculation that the company is an acquisition target, stating that WBD is “not for sale.”
NBCUniversal’s president of content distribution Mac Budill is stepping down from the role and will be replaced by Matt Schnaars, who currently serves as senior VP of content distribution.
Warner Bros Discovery has continued to shape its global leadership teams following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, with execs now confirmed in France, Benelux and Africa.
UK-based Rollercoaster Television, the ITV Studios label led by James Fox and Dom Waugh, has appointed Sarah Boyce as its head of production.
A show about mums fixing their sons’ love lives and a fitness challenge show set on a tropical island headline Warner Bros International Television Production’s Mipcom formats slate.
Amazon streamer Prime Video is set to adapt Banijay’s reality competition format The Bridge in four Nordic territories.
Welsh pubcaster S4C is restructuring its commissioning team with a series of promotions and appointments, including the creation of three new roles.
RTS: Michael Grade, chairman of UK media regulator Ofcom, says big tech and social media platforms need to “shift their mindset” around online harms, and has called for “a new era of accountability.”
RTS: Tim Davie, director general of the BBC, has restated the case for the UK pubcaster’s licence fee, defended its policy on impartiality and passed comment on the number of senior journalists and talent leaving the corporation.
German broadcaster RTL2 has ordered a local production of Wheels of Glory, a celebrity roller-skating competition format created by MGM Television’s UK Unscripted Group, it was announced today.
RTS: Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon today said the UK pubcaster is facing a wait and see game with regards to the government’s controversial privatisation plans, following a change of culture secretary and economic strife in the country.
RTS: Gerhard Zeiler, president of international at Warner Bros Discovery, today said his company is committed to producing local content in individual markets despite recent cuts, and also revealed it wants to launch a new streamer in the UK.
EQ Media Group Australia & New Zealand has expanded its development division with the appointment of Amy Schaeffer as head of unscripted development in New Zealand.
Beach House Pictures in Singapore has partnered with former Netflix exec Raghav Khanna to launch a non-fiction and documentary prodco in India as part of its continued expansion in Asia.
All3Media-backed LA production company Maverick TV USA has named Helga Eike as its new head of development.
European TV companies Backbone Media and Palatin Media have teamed up to launch a 50/50 joint-venture to publish and distribute free ad-supported streaming TV channels in Europe.
Red Arrow Studios International has revealed its slate of reality, social experiments and factual entertainment shows ahead of Mipcom in Cannes next month, including Kinetic Content’s relationship format Love for the Ages and Sky’s factual entertainment show Hold The Front Page.
Mongolian broadcaster Central Television is making a local version of NBCUniversal Formats business reality series The Profit.
NBCUniversal’s former boss in Germany, Katharina Behrends, has re-emerged in a new role at Italian media company Media for Europa.
French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to appoint former Canal+ exec Rodolphe Belmer as its new CEO.
Digital content studio Portal A and Steve Nash's CTRL Media have teamed up to adapt the podcast Charges with Rex Chapman for television.

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