Dan Walker Smith

Netflix Signs MGM Streaming Deal

2012 launch for U.K. and Ireland

Netflix has signed a licensing deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, giving the online video company exclusive rights to stream MGM movies in the U.K. and Ireland. The service will be available from…

Time Warner Bids $1.4 Billion for Endemol

‘Big Brother’ maker is 'an attractive asset'

Time Warner has made an unsolicited offer of €1 billion ($1.4 billion) for the Dutch TV company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal. The Financial Times reports that the…

U.K. Agrees First Product Placement for Prime-Time TV

‘Coronation Street’ will feature a Nationwide ATM

U.K. soap opera Coronation Street will be the first prime-time show on British TV to feature product placement. ITV’s deal with Nationwide Building Society means that the soap will feature…

Mattel Buys HIT Entertainment for $680M

Takes control of Thomas the Tank Engine IP

U.S. toy company Mattel is buying the British children’s TV producer HIT Entertainment, maker of Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney, and Bob the Builder. The $680 million deal gives Mattel…

ITV Buys Channel Television

Also nets soccer broadcasting rights

It’s been a big week of deals for British broadcaster ITV. It is to buy the Channel Islands’ commercial TV broadcaster, Channel Television, and has secured the rights to broadcast…

U.K. Analog TV Signals to End October 2012

Digital switchover for the whole of the U.K. and Ireland

The British government has announced that analog TV broadcasting will officially end on October 24, 2012. The U.K. has been phasing out analog broadcasting since 2007, when the northern English town…

ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr. Song for Obama-Hitler Remark

Singer defends comments

Sports broadcaster ESPN pulled its signature song from Monday night’s NFL broadcast after country singer Hank Williams Jr. seemingly compared Barack Obama to Hitler during an interview earlier in the…