GroupM Entertainment

GroupM: young will ‘erode TV viewing’ as they age

Growing older no longer increases television viewing time, according to GroupM’s ‘The State of Video’ report. The WPP-owned advertising media giant calculated that Generation Y (those born between the early 1980s and mid-90s) and Generation Z (birthdates roughly between 1995-2014) will “erode viewing” to the equivalent of about one percentage point a year over the […]

Bell & Motion pact for int’l originals slate

Canada’s Bell Media Studios has created a strategic production pact with Motion Content Group to create original shows for international markets. The pair will develop, fund and produce scripted and unscripted programming across a range of genres, with Bell Media Studios VP and head Nanci MacLean and Motion director of programming Tony Moulsdale leading the […]

GroupM creates new premium content group

Advertising agency group GroupM is pushing further into premium TV production and financing by creating a new globally-focused content company. The WPP-owned GroupM has created Motion Content Group, which is being billed as an investment and rights management firm. Motion’s creation is part of a push “to meet the ever-growing market demand for new economic […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

Spain’s Mediapro hires Johnstone from GroupM

Fast-growing Spanish production and distribution group Mediapro has recruited Stephen Johnstone to run its UK operation. Johnstone joins from GroupM, the media agency and now producer, where he was director of entertainment for EMEA. He will be based in London in his new role. “This is a really competitive market, but we think we still […]

W begins Dancing, heads for Dressing Room

UKTV-owned W has commissioned new doc series from STV Productions and Electric Ray. From Scottish network STV’s production wing comes The Dressing Room, a fly-on-the-wall 6x60mins series for 2017. GroupM Entertainment is coproducer. The fixed rig series takes viewers into dressing rooms around the UK. Sports featured include football, roller derby and water polo, and […]

Twofour scores first Slovenian format deal

Twofour has sold ski-jumping format The Jump to a Slovenia network, with plans to build a production hub in country for other east Europe remakes. Antenna Group’s Planet TV has acquired local rights to the format, which UK-based Twofour and GroupM Entertainment own. A 30x60mins series is set to air later this year, with Twofour […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

STV, GroupM form strategic partnership

Scotland’s STV Productions and WPP-owned GroupM Entertainment have formed a strategic alliance that will see them co-develop, co-invest and coproduce programmes across a “broad range of genres”. STV said the “innovative deal involves substantial development investment from both companies and has been shaped to capitalise on the strengths of each business”. The pair will focus […]

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