January 19, 2018

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MTG Sells TRACE Shares

MTG has signed an agreement to sell its 75 percent shareholding in TRACE Partners—which controls 21 pay-TV channels, among other assets—to TPG Growth.

***Inter Medya***

Starz Petitions FCC to Intervene in Altice Dispute

TVUSA Starz has filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to restore its channels to Altice customers.


Sony Pictures Television Sets Up Unscripted Banner

TVREAL Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has revealed its new non-scripted label Human, to be led by producer/director Alan Brown.


BBC Worldwide Chief Content Officer Helen Jackson to Depart

TVEUROPE The newly merged BBC Studios has put in place the rest of its new leadership team, while BBC Worldwide’s chief content officer, Helen Jackson, is leaving the company after 31 years.


Turner & Warner Bros. to Take FilmStruck SVOD Service International

Turner International’s digital ventures and innovation (DV&I) group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks are taking the movie streaming service FilmStruck out to the wider global marketplace.

***Real Screen***

Ian Hogg to Depart FremantleMedia

TVASIA Ian Hogg is stepping down from his role as CEO of FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific.

Joel McHale to Front Weekly Topical Series on Netflix

TVREAL Comedian Joel McHale is going to be hosting a brand-new weekly half-hour topical series on Netflix that promises an absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe.

***Top OTT Platforms 2018***

Party of Five Reboot Set for Freeform with Original Creators Attached

TVDRAMA Freeform has given a put pilot commitment for a reboot of the '90s hit Party of Five with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman.

Jada Pinkett Smith to Host Talk Show on Facebook Watch

TVREAL Facebook Watch has added another new series to its roster with the Jada Pinkett Smith talk show Red Table Talks.

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Video Interview with Jetpack Distribution’s Dominic Gardiner

TVKIDS Dominic Gardiner, the CEO of Jetpack Distribution, talks to World Screen Newsflash's Kristin Brzoznowski about the types of series that the company wants to add more of to its catalog.

Twitch & Disney Digital Network Tie Up

TVUSA Twitch has entered into a partnership with Disney Digital Network that will bring exclusive content from four Disney-managed digital creators to the social video service.

***World Screen March/Pre-MIPTV Edition***

AXN, Sony Channel & Animax Launch on Amazon Channels

TVEUROPE AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are being made available on the Amazon Channels service in Germany and Austria.

PBS Lines Up New NOVA Science Docuseries

TVREAL PBS and WGBH have revealed details for NOVA Wonders, a new documentary series presented by scientists Talithia Williams, Rana el Kaliouby and André Fenton.

***World Screen March/Pre-MIPTV Edition***

New Chairman for Mediacorp

TVASIA Mediacorp has appointed Niam Chiang Meng as chairman, taking over from Ernest Wong as of April 21.

Freeform Renews grown-ish

TVUSA Freeform has given the green light to a second season of grown-ish, a spin-off of the hit ABC comedy black-ish.

***World Screen Guide 2018***

m4e Gains Full Control of Mia and me Brand

TVKIDS Germany's m4e, part of the Studio 100 Group, has acquired 100 percent of the rights to the international hit Mia and me from co-pro partner Gerhard Hahn and his company Hahn Film.

Flemish Treatment for Around the World with 80-Year-Olds

TVFORMATS Medialaan in Flanders, Belgium, has commissioned a local version of the reality format Around the World with 80-Year-Olds from Talpa.

Animals Take Center Stage in New Nick Show

TVKIDS Nickelodeon is due to debut Zoofari, a clip-based series featuring live-action footage of animals from around the globe, early next month.

Will Packer Media Snaps Up Female-Focused Lifestyle Website

TVREAL Will Packer Media (WPM) has expanded its footprint into the digital media ownership space by acquiring xoNecole, a lifestyle site for urban women that was founded by blogger Necole Kane.

Shooting Starts on El Fútbol no es así Book-to-Screen Adaptation

TVDRAMA The series El Fútbol no es así, which is being developed and produced by Mediapro and DIRECTV Latin America, has begun shooting in Madrid.

DHX Brands Launches Early Preschool Initiative

TVKIDS DHX Brands is introducing First Steppers, a new subcategory for the younger end of preschool that will support the socio-development and entertainment needs of youngsters aged 6 months to 2-and-a-half years.

SPI Channels Roll Out on WhereverTV in U.S.

TVUSA SPI International/FILMBOX has launched ten channels from its portfolio on WhereverTV, which delivers OTT subscription TV services to a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, streaming media players, computers and connected TVs.

Globo Novela Edge of Desire Heads to Ecuador

TVNOVELAS The Globo telenovela Edge of Desire has been slated for a February 27 premiere on Ecuavisa in Ecuador, scoring a 10 p.m. slot.

Original Stand-Up Comedy Show Debuts on iflix in Indonesia

TVASIA iflix is premiering today Oi! Jaga Lambe, the service's first original stand-up comedy series in Indonesia.

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MarVista Entertainment - Autumn Stables

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Gusto Worldwide Media - The Urban Vegetarian

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GRB Entertainment - Untold Stories of the E.R.

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Ledafilms - Replicas

***Video***(Sci-fi/thriller) After a car accident kills his family, a daring synthetic biologist will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.
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