Presto closure costs Foxtel $21m

Folding SVOD service Presto into Foxtel’s existing subscription on-demand service has cost the Australian pay TV operator US$21 million, numbers released this week reveal. Foxtel’s net income for the three months to September 31 fell from US$42 million last year to US$16 million, primarily due to the decision to close Presto in January 2017. “Equity […]

NBC cancels ITV Studios’ Aquarius

ITV Studios’ US drama Aquarius has been cancelled by NBC. The show ran for two seasons on the broadcast net, with the second finishing its run last month. Loosely based on the Charles Manson cult and killings, the series starred David Duchovny. NBC had shifted its slot several times amid falling ratings, and has now […]

Texas Rising, Aquarius deals for ITV Studios

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has shopped big-ticket dramas Texas Rising and Aquarius to a host of broadcasters. Texas Ranger drama Texas Rising was ITV Studio’s big launch at MIPTV. It went out on History in the US and Asia and has now been acquired by Sky Italia, SPI for the CEE region, OTE in Greece […]

Sky buys NBC’s Aquarius for Europe

Sky has bought NBC drama series Aquarius for its European services. The pan-Sky deal means the cop series, set in the 1960s and revolving around the Charles Manson killings, will be on Sky in the UK and Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The 13x60mins series is produced and distributed by ITV Studios, which struck the […]

ITVS America eyes rejig as president exits

ITV Studios America president Orly Adelson has resigned, as ITV Studios US Group prepares to restructure. Adelson joined ITVS America in January 2014 after leaving her role as president of Dick Clark Productions. No official reason was given for her departure after 18 months in the post, but it is understood ITV Studios will not […]

NBC tries out Netflix binge model

NBC is making an unprecedented move for a US broadcast network by launching the entire series of upcoming drama Aquarius just two hours after its linear TV debut. Releasing all 13 episodes of the show, which stars David Duchovny as an LA detective in 1967 investigating mass murderer Charles Manson, hours after it debuts is […]

Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios hires Weinberg

Tomorrow Studios has recruited Matthew Weinberg as executive VP and will oversee the US prodco’s development slate. The drama producer, which is a joint venture between ITV Studios and Endeavor Talent Agency cofounder Marty Adelstein, is currently producing NBC’s period cop drama Aquarius. Weinberg will oversee development of new projects and manage those that go […]

ITV Studios on track for £100m 2014 revenue boost

The content arm of ITV is on course to grow revenues by £100 million (US$157.5 million) in 2014, the UK broadcaster said this morning. The commercial channel operator reported results for the first nine months of the year, with ITV Studios revenues up 10% in the period. ITV Studios reported revenue of £207 million in […]

Seven signs Aquarius, gets away with Murder

Seven Network has acquired several international series including David Duchovny’s Charles Manson-era drama Aquarius and Shonda Rhimes’ new series How to Get Away With Murder. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster unveiled a new slate at its annual upfront for media buyers yesterday. ITV Studios Global Entertainment-distributed Aquarius (pictured) and Disney-distributed How to Get Away With Murder […]

ITV Studios teams with Adelstein for straight-to-series push

The US division of ITV Studios has teamed with Marty Adelstein (pictured) to launch Tomorrow ITV Studios, a new production unit that will develop and package drama projects with a view to securing straight-to-series orders from broadcasters. The LA-based studio will focus on one-hour dramas as well as comedies and will be supported by the […]