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Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global

Liberty Global to sell Austria unit to T-Mobile Austria

Cable group Liberty Global Plc confirmed that it would sell its UPC Austria unit to Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile Austria for an enterprise value of 1.9 billion euros ($2.25 billion).

The Will to Fly

TVF sales The Will to Fly across the globe

Ahead of February 2018’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, leading independent distributor TVF International has shopped Binding Films’ award- winning special The Will to Fly (52’ & 95’) to broadcasters across the globe.

Andy Wilman, Executive Producer of The Grand Tour, and Jay Marine, Head of Amazon Video Europe

Amazon Prime Video presented The Grand Tour in UK

Amazon Prime Video hosted last Friday 8th December in London an exclusive event to launch the second season of the series The Grand Tour.

John Hesling

All3Media appoints John Hesling as president of Maverick TV

All3Media-owned Maverick TV has appointed John Hesling as president of its U.S. division. The executive will be tasked with developing and launching programs for American audiences and driving value from formats created by Maverick’s UK office.

HBO Asia celebrates its 25th Anniversary announcing six new original series to be produced accros the region: Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia, and Kazuf

ATF 2017: groundbreaking businesses

ATF 2017 has shown full attendance during the first and second days of the market with busy corridors and an important number of announcements taking place at Marina Bay Sand. Finishing today, December 1, this edition has received more exhibitors and buyers compared to 2016 with digital and technology calling the attention of the participants.

Kanal D: BluTV celebrates its new Turkish series in Berlin

Kanal D: BluTV celebrates its new Turkish series in Berlin

BluTV, Kanal D’s OTT platform and Turkey’s leading video-on-demand platform, celebrates its new originals at the film festival Du Bist Kino, to be held in Berlin on December 1st and 2nd.

America in Color

USA: Smithsonian Channel renews America in Color

Smithsonian Channel (USA), a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, has renewed its hit series America in Color, recommissioning UK based Arrow Media to produce six new hour-long episodes to air in 2018.

Ahmet Ziyalar

Inter Medya Around the World

This year’s Discop Africa, which took place in Johannesburg from October 25 to 27, 2017, was very fertile for Turkish distribution company Inter Medya.

Simon Andreae

UK: Channel 5 commissions Naked Entertainment’s 100% Hotter 2

Naked Entertainment (UK) announced that its format 100% Hotter has been commissioned by Channel 5 for a second celebrity spin-off series. Following the success of the first series, which almost doubled the broadcaster’s primetime average among 16-34 year olds, the 4x60’ episodes will air in January 2018.

The Sony PlayStation Video acquisitions team, in Cannes: Jamila Bowden, content partnerships & promotions; Suyin Lim, senior director, content acquisi

Mipcom 2017: driving the undetermined future

Mipcom 2017 comes to an end today with good outcome: business firmly up, twists fever. There are quite the same attendees as last year: less people per company, but more companies. Anything fresh to stress? There is a model battle for feature films between digital titans.

ATF 2017: key executives for the inaugural ATF Animation Pitch

ATF 2017: key executives for the inaugural ATF Animation Pitch

Following the first announcement about the inaugural Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) Animation Pitch, Reed Exhibitions and Green Gold Animation announced that the competition has received industry endorsement, with representatives from key international and Asian children’s entertainment brands forming the on-stage jury.

Miura Kite

USA: Participant Media appoints Miura Kite as SVP of Narrative TV

Participant Media (USA) appointed Miura Kite at its newly created position of SVP of Narrative Television. In her role, Kite will help build out Participant’s television slate by identifying, developing, and packaging high-end properties for premium cable, basic cable, and broadcast networks, as well as digital and emerging platforms.

Philippines’ ABS-CBN and Africa’s StarTimes form strategic Alliance

ABS-CBN MIPCOM 2017

ABS-CBN Corporation, the leading media and entertainment company in The Philippines, has secured a volume deal with StarTimes, a leading digital TV operator across Sub-Saharan Africa. With this partnership, more Filipino content is set to air in the region, in response to African viewers’ demand for more the dramas of this origin.

ITV Studios acquires stake in Italian independent producer Cattleya

Gomorrah, drama series produced by Cattleya

ITV Studios has acquired a majority stake in Italian independent producer Cattleya, the company behind international hit TV dramas Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale, and Netflix’s first Italian original series Suburra.

ATF 2017: "Big Data" takes centre stage at the ATF Leaders’ Summit

ATF 16 D1 Yeow Hui Leng Reed Exhibitions

Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) announced a major focus on Big Data at its ATF Leaders’ Summit (28 November 2017), a gathering of decision makers that will mark the start of the four-day event taking place from 28 November to 1 December 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore.

ELO Company inks exclusive agreement with BRIO

Breno Costa, co-founder, BRIO

Focusing on the production of premium content in Brazil and abroad, Elo Company has recently inked an exclusive agreement with BRIO network of journalists for the production of original content.

ATF launches Animation Pitch 2017

Green Gold Animation

Reed Exhibitions, producer of Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), announced the new ATF Animation Pitch 2017, which has opened its call for entries. The competition is aimed at creators and producers of innovative concepts for new and original animation targeting kids.

Gaumont signs first-look TV deal with Christopher and Heather McQuarrie

Heather and Christopher McQuarrie

Gaumont has finalized a first-look agreement with screenwriter, producer, and director Christopher McQuarrie and producing partner Heather McQuarrie to develop multiple scripted drama projects for the studio.