December 5, 2019
In this week's edition:
• THEMA America’s Patrick Rivet
In the news
The 20th edition of the Asia TV Forum & Market has kicked off in Singapore, where the Infocomm Media Development Authority announced a slew of initiatives to support local talent and bolster Singapore’s positioning as a gateway to the region's media business. In the U.K., GroupM is forecasting that advertising will grow 7.8 percent in 2019 to £22 billion, and Sky is establishing a new studio at Elstree, with over 2,000 new jobs and a £3 billion production investment in the local creative sector expected in the first five years. Recent sports broadcasting news includes Canal+ and beIN SPORTS scoring French UEFA Champions League rights, while the UEFA European Football Championship 2020 is set to be televised in the U.S. on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
THEMA America’s Patrick Rivet
The Kanal D Drama channel was launched in 2018 in a partnership between THEMA and Kanal D. The channel, which brings together the best in Turkish dramas presented in Spanish and HD, has been rolling out across Latin America, with launches in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. As of last month, a brand-new deal with Comcast brought Kanal D Drama to the U.S. market. Its success is now expanding beyond the Americas with plans to launch in Europe, Africa and Asia in the near future.
Patrick Rivet, CEO of THEMA America, sat down with World Screen Weekly’s Mansha Daswani to discuss the momentum of Kanal D Drama and the priorities for the year ahead. Rivet speaks to the opportunities he sees for rolling out niche channels catering to specific communities in today’s competitive—and crowded—landscape.
Watch the interview here.
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