Posts Tagged ‘international’

A French Company Is About to Become America’s 4th Largest Cable Provider

September 17, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After 42 years, the Dolan family will no longer control Cablevision. The New York-based cable operator announced this morning it has agreed to sell to Altice Group, a European telecom company controlled by French cable entrepreneur Patrick Drahi. Altice will pay $34.90 a share, making the deal worth $17.7 billion including debt. The acquisition also includes Newsday Media Group, publisher of Newsday and amNewYork, but does not include the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the namesake arena and the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. It's the second U.S. deal for Altice this year. The company announced plans to acquire Suddenlink Communications, which operates in 17 midwestern and southern states, in May. Cablevision, which predominately serves the New York metro area and Long Island, has about 3.1 million subscribers. Altice says that with Suddenlink and Cablevision combined, it will be the fourth largest U.S. cable provider, behind Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable (the latter two of which are attempting to merge). "The deal underscores the increasingly global nature of premium video content and distribution, a trend that is also illustrated by the international growth path that Netflix is on," said Eric Schmitt, evp of TV and media at cross-channel marketing firm Allant. This morning's deal caps a frenzied two years of cable consolidation as subscribers continue to drop cable in favor of going over the top—Cablevision lost 16,000 cable homes in the second quarter while adding 14,000 Internet-only customers. And that's not going to make customers who are increasingly dissatisfied with their cable service any happier, notes Stephen Beck, founder and managing partner of management consultancy cg42. "Cablevision was not as bad from a brand vulnerability perspective as a Comcast or Time Warner, but they had substantial frustrations that customers were experiencing," said Beck, who has found 33 percent of cable customers are not happy with their service. "The frustration rates are higher than any category that we've studied," he said. "Will nontraditional players and OTT providers continue to benefit from the soup of misery that the cable companies seem to want to create for their customers?" Altice has invested heavily in broadband and Internet services for its other global operations. With Cablevision and Suddenlink, it hopes to have the heft to keep what it pays for programming in check. Schmitt said the heat is already high on networks, and this deal could bring it closer to a boiling point; Suddenlink dropped Viacom's channels earlier this year when the two couldn't come to carriage terms.

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Jane Fonda to be Honored by Santa Barbara Film Festival

August 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Jane Fonda as the recipient of its 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a gala dinner at Bacara Resort and Spa on Oct. 3. The 31st Santa Barbara festival will open Feb. 3. “Jane Fonda obviously has the..

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Could House Hunters Be HGTV’s Gateway Drug?

June 22, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Usually by the time a TV franchise hits its 16th year, it has begun running on fumes. But not HGTV's House Hunters, which is going stronger than ever, with the franchise's ratings up 8 percent this year. "House Hunters represents everything that people love about HGTV, all wrapped up in one show, which is buying and loving homes," said the network's president, Kathleen Finch. The show, which follows homeowners-to-be as they tour three properties and settle on one to purchase, "is appealing to both people who have not yet bought a home and people who have bought a home," said Brian Balthazar, vp, original programming, who oversees the series. "It's that voyeuristic, fly-on-the-wall feeling and lets you live vicariously through a set of homeowners." HGTV gets a regular influx of new viewers.

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Star Chinese Movies Strikes Enlight Pictures Deal

June 18, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox International Channels unit Star Chinese Movies has bought TV and digital media rights to a trio of major pictures from mainland China’s Enlight Pictures.

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup (FULL LIST)

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas will be presented along with the international premieres of Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight will unspool 19... Read more

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Canal Plus Acquires FremantleMedia Intl.’s ”Deutschland 83′

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– FremantleMedia International’s Cold War drama “Deutschland 83″ has been acquired by French pay TV giant Canal Plus rolling off MIPTV. The eight-part miniseries, which is helmed by Edward Berger and Samira Radsi, was previously acquired by Sundance TV, becoming the first German-language drama pickup to air on a U.S. network. Created by Anna Winger... Read more

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Mip TV: Studiocanal Introduces ‘Section Zéro” Onto International Market (EXCLUSIVE)

April 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CANNES – Linking three of the Europe’s biggest film-TV companies, Studiocanal, has acquired international sales rights to Olivier Marchal’s “Section Zéro,” one of France’s most-anticipated high-end TV dramas, which is produced by Luc Besson’s France-U.S studio EuropaCorp and France’s Canal Plus, forming part of its Original Programming line-up. Set in 2024, as an elite cop... Read more

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Michelle Phan Plans to Reach Beyond YouTube With Icon Network

April 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Digital superstar Michelle Phan , who's dominated the online beauty space and made her presence known offline with

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Rihanna Most Streamed Female Artist on Spotify, Beyonce Most Popular With Women

March 7, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With International Women’s Day less than 24 hours away, Spotify has compiled a list of the most-streamed female artists on the music site. Rihanna reigns supreme as the favorite female artist among all Spotify listeners worldwide. The most-streamed woman (for the third year in a row) had a smash hit with her Eminem collaboration, “The... Read more

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Les Films du Losange Boards Wrong Men’s “Prejudice”

March 6, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– Les Films du Losange, the Paris-based company behind Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” has boarded “Prejudice,” the feature debut of Belgian filmmaker Antoine Cuypers. “Prejudice” is one of the projects developed and produced by Benoît Roland’s Wrong Men, a Brussels-based, up-and-coming outfit which aims at supporting emerging Belgian talent and producing local movies for the international... Read more

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