Saban Brands formed a new internal unit to directly manage global distribution of the company’s properties including Power Rangers, Julius Jr., Emojiville, Popples, the upcoming Cirque du Soleil Media property and Digimon Fusion. The division will be headed by Frederic Soulie, SVP of global distribution, who will work closely with Leila Ouledcheikh, VP of distribution, EMEA. The new unit marks the return of Saban to the television distribution space. MarVista Entertainment had served as the exclusive international television distributor of the company’s properties for the past several years and will continue to manage television distribution for Saban properties throughout Latin America. “The content distribution business is changing and evolving faster than ever before,” says Saban president Elie Dekel. “We are embracing this new dynamic marketplace by growing our content and talent to lead in this space.”
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]