Banijay hires Twitter’s former French chief to lead digital expansion

Banijay has appointed the former MD of Twitter in France to a newly created role tasked with overseeing its digital expansion. Damien Viel becomes chief digital & marketing officer for the French production and distribution firm, taking charge of the group’s “digital diversification strategies” and tasked with pushing innovation globally. He reports into Banijay CEO […]

ABC in Oz overhauls content & news teams, with job losses expected

The ABC in Australia has unveiled more details about the overhaul of its news and content operations, with job cuts expected. The content division will be led by former Netflix and BBC exec Chris Oliver-Taylor, while the pubcaster will ditch its regional bureaus and move staff into a single, central news unit led by Justin […]

Stampede Ventures & Redbird team launch kids’ prodco Hidden Pigeon with author Mo Willems

US media company Stampede Ventures and private investment firm Redbird Capital Partners have teamed with American author Mo Willems to launch children’s entertainment outfit, Hidden Pigeon Company. Kathy Franklin, former president of franchise development at Lightstorm Entertainment, has been appointed as CEO to lead the New York & LA-based company, which will adapt Willems’ catalogue […]

WildBrain promotes Josh Scherba to president and CEO, as Eric Ellenbogen steps down

Canadian kids and family firm WildBrain has promoted Josh Scherba to president and CEO, taking over the helm from Eric Ellenbogen, who has stepped down as CEO and vice chair. Scherba has also been appointed to the company’s board of directors, while Jim Fielding, chief marketing and brand officer, has been named as strategic advisor […]

Amazon Studios moves into distribution with new Chris Ottinger-led sales division

Amazon Studios will sell its originals including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hunters to buyers around the world, after setting up a new sales arm. Amazon MGM Studios Distribution will sell both films and TV from the Amazon originals slate, as well as current and library titles from MGM. Its first outing will be the […]

Round-up: More4 visits Fred’s ‘Emergency Ward’; Netflix yanks out ‘Sweet Tooth’; 5Star lands ‘Love Gone Wrong’; BBC picks up Zinc duo

More4 visits Fred’s Emergency Ward UK channel More4 has struck a deal with Australia’s Fred Media that will see the UK broadcaster acquiring three seasons (30 x 60-minutes) of its obs-doc, The Emergency Ward (originally titled Emergency). The show, which premieres 7 May, is produced by Fred Media’s parent company WTFN Entertainment and was originally […]

Nelvana strikes development deal with Polygon Pictures on Japanese animation

Nelvana, the Canadian distributor and producer behind Max & Ruby and Franklin, has struck a development deal with Japanese Knights Of Sidonia studio Polygon Pictures. The deal will see the two companies partner on the creation of original Japanese animated children’s programming, which draws inspiration from existing legacy content as well as new IP. The […]

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