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LA-based production company Ample Entertainment has appointed former ITV America executive Kathryn Vaughan as head of current and alternative development.
US broadcast network CBS has unveiled its primetime fall schedule with new commissions anchoring Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
Entertainment commissioning chief Kate Phillips will take on the newly created role of director of unscripted at the BBC following a restructure of the UK pubcaster’s senior leadership team.
UK commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a competitive format in which contestants compete to be voted into office as the next ‘prime minister.’
Disney-owned US broadcast network ABC has unveiled its fall schedule, with Hilary Swank-fronted drama Alaska airing on Tuesday nights and its spin-off from The Rookie slotting in on Thursdays.
Montreal-based producer and distributor KOTV has hired CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution executive Mia Desroches as its VP of international distribution.
Warren Buffet's investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway has acquired a stake in Paramount Global worth US$2.6bn.
Banijay has picked up exclusive format distribution rights to French-Canadian culinary format Wild Cooks.
US network Fox has revealed its programming slate for the 2022/23 TV season, including a newly announced competition series from Studio Ramsay Global and Fox Entertainment and a missing-persons drama from executive producers Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath.
NBC today became the first US broadcast network to show its fall schedule hand, with drama series Quantum Leap getting a primetime slot on Mondays and freshman comedy Lopez vs Lopez added to Friday nights.
US-based studio group Paramount Global has promoted two streaming-focused execs as it ramps up its international expansion plans for Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
USA Network has further expanded its entertainment and sports programming offer with a forthcoming slate that includes new unscripted series and exclusive live sporting events.
Belgian-Flemish commercial network Play4 is gearing up to launch a local version of Danish factual reality format Big Love, in which couples seek to lose weight together.
Banijay’s Dutch production label SimpelZodiak has strengthened its creative team with several senior hires.
Global SVoD subscriptions are set to soar by 485 million to reach 1.69 billion between 2021 and 2027, according to UK firm Digital TV Research.
LA- and Sydney-based Eureka Productions, backed by Fremantle, is promoting Wes Dening to head of global formats.
Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, and Luis Duran, general manager for the streamer in Latin America, are among the latest top execs to be culled following the merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia.
Discovery-owned Food Network in the UK has commissioned two new series with celebrity chefs John Torode and Tom Kerridge.
Banijay Asia is producing an Indian adaptation of Canadian psychological thriller Vertige, which is distributed internationally by ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats.
BBC Studios in India and local streaming platform ZEE5 have entered a partnership, with a Hindi adaptation of BBC drama Press becoming the first project to emerge from the deal.
South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM and its production arm Studio Dragon have teamed up with Naver Webtoon's affiliated company Line Digital Frontier to launch a production hub in Japan.
Veteran children’s TV exec Tom Ascheim, TNT, TBS and truTV general manager Brett Weitz and UK and Ireland chief Polly Cochrane have become the latest high-profile departures following the merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia.
Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ added 7.9 million subscribers in the second quarter to reach roughly 137.7 million globally, beating analyst estimates and indicating that it is not yet experiencing the same subscriber acquisition challenges as rival Netflix.
The BBC has revealed plans to invest an additional £10m (US$12.3m) in “high impact” British comedy programming over the next two years and to double the number of half-hour pilots it produces.
The Ukraine Content Club, an initiative designed to promote collaboration between the Ukrainian content business and the international market, has launched today and is calling for partners.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV experienced growth in total revenue of 17% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, thanks to revenue increases at its ITV Studios and Media & Entertainment divisions.
UK commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4 has signed a content and commercial partnership with YouTube as it presses ahead with plans to become a digital-first broadcaster for young audiences.
US cablenet E! Has commissioned a dating series hosted and executive produced by real estate tycoon and reality TV star Todd Chrisley and has greenlit new seasons of other Chrisley-related shows.
UK production accelerator programme Indielab has chosen 15 independent production companies to participate in its 2022 initiative.
Banijay is set to go public in a deal that values the European production and distribution giant, as well as founder Stéphane Courbit’s online sports gambling group Betclic, at US$7.5bn.

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