Posts Tagged ‘international’

NBCUniversal Strikes Gold With Megawatt Olympics Deal

May 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a surprise development, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced that NBCUniversal has secured the media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The agreement, which covers broadcast rights across all media platforms, runs from 2021 to 2032 and is valued at $7.65 billion, plus an additional $100 million signing bonus “to be used for the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020,” an IOC spokesperson said. NBCU now has the rights to the next nine Olympics nailed down, winter and summer. The deal came as a major surprise on the week before the broadcast upfront presentations, as rival media outlets appeared to have been unaware that negotiations were in the works.

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Marjorie Kaplan Is Juggling 2 Discovery Networks Through the Upfront and Beyond

April 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Marjorie Kaplan New gig Group president, TLC and Animal Planet Old gig Group president, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity Age 52 So TLC is a huge business. What’s it like handling that network and Animal Planet? I’m like a crazy person now. We’re heading into the upfront, so I’m doing two upfronts, and I’m really trying to put a stamp on what we’re doing on TLC with no time to spare. One of the things that recharges your creative cells is exposure to new things and new people. I was describing it to somebody as like being in love: You have that unbelievable amount of energy, and you suddenly don’t need any sleep. Is it possible to sustain that for long? Well, I’ve got to make sure my husband still knows he’s married to me. I don’t think it’s appropriate to expect to maintain this level of engagement on both businesses, but you do have to dive into the deep end at first. I’ve been on Animal Planet a long time, and I can trust that team to move the ball forward. What do you want to accomplish at TLC? We need to remind the TLC audience of who we are. What we see happening right now with The Little Couple is a great moment for TLC. It gives us everything everyone loves about the brand. [Jen Arnold’s battle with cancer] has a happy ending—we’re not raking the audience over the coals with the experience. It’s about seeing the love and the humor. These are not painful emotional experiences, they’re life-affirming, playful shows. How is that different from the rest of the cable landscape?

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Disney Crosses $1 Billion Overseas in Record Time

April 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fueled by whammo performances from “Frozen” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Disney has crossed the $1 billion mark this weekend at the international box office, marking the fastest time the studio has ever done so. So far, “Captain America” has grossed a whopping $586 million-plus globally, of which $385.1 million comes from overseas markets... Read more

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Nicole Garcia To Head Cannes’ Camera d’Or Jury

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS — France’s Nicole Garcia, a well-regarded actress-turned-director who has worked with many of French cinema’s greats, will serve as president of the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’Or Award jury. Created in 1978, the Camera d’Or prizes the best feature debut at the Festival.

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Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process. Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid... Read more

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Participant Media’s Pivot, Sky Vision Ink U.S. Co-production Deal for ‘Fortitude’ (EXCLUSIVE)

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of BSkyB, has inked an exclusive U.S. co-production alliance with Pivot, Participant Media’s television network, with the debut of the Sky Atlantic drama “Fortitude.” Pivot will be the exclusive U.S. television home for the series, scheduled to transmit next year. The series will star Stanley Tucci (“The... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Soul Food Stories’

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A warm, witty exploration of gender, tradition and togetherness in the Bulgarian village of Satovcha.

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‘Frozen’ Outlasts ‘Eternal’ at Japan Box Office

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney cartoon becomes 2014 top title, but challengers are queuing up.

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Apocalyptic ‘Yellowstone Falls’ Movie Set With QED

April 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

QED International has acquired sci-fi project “Yellowstone Falls” and set up the project with Kevin Misher. The script by Dan Kunka centers on an isolated mother wolf and her cubs under attack from mutated humans. The script has virtually no dialogue. QED’s Bill Block will produce with Misher. QED recently wrapped Brad Pitt’s World War... Read more

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Bollywood Stars, Cricketers Buy In To Indian Soccer League

April 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Star power hopes for repeat of Indian Premier League cricket success

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