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Scripps Inks Channels Deal with Liberty across Europe

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LONDON — Scripps Networks has inked a multi-territory, multi-year distribution deal with international cable operator Liberty Global for Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living across Europe. The deal, which will start in 2015, sees the renewal of existing Scripps Networks channels across Liberty Global’s territories, as well as providing the option for Liberty Global… Read more »

‘Transformers,’ Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ Drive Hasbro 3rd Qtr Earnings

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Hasbro reported a 7% jump in third quarter revenue, Monday, with sales of “Transformers,” Marvel and “Star Wars”-related toys boosting earnings. Overall, Hasbro generated $1.47 billion in revenue, and net income of $180.5 million, compared with $126.6 million, in the quarter that wrapped in September. In its boys category, Hasbro saw sales surge 22% to… Read more »

‘My Little Pony’ Movie in the Works at Hasbro Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

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Hasbro Studios has given the greenlight to a “My Little Pony” movie, with plans to release the animated film in 2017. The film will join “Jem and the Holograms” as the first to be produced through Allspark Pictures, a new label through which the company will self-finance or pair up with other companies to co-finance… Read more »

Netflix Pacts for Original Canadian Thriller Series ‘Between’

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Netflix has cut a three-way deal for original survivalist thriller series “Between,” under which the streaming service will premiere it alongside its debut on Canadian TV and subscription VOD. The first season of “Between,” with six hour-long episodes, will premiere on Rogers Broadcasting’s City stations and Canadian SVOD service Shomi as well as on Netflix… Read more »

Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix

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Some talk shows lure guests with the promise of hyping a new project. Others deliver instant fame.  And then there’s one that hopes to hook visitors with the sounds of an anthropomorphic chicken whose voice is reminiscent of a kazoo. Chica, that clucking character, has held forth for seven years from the “Sunshine Barn,”  a… Read more »

Snapchat Scares Up Advertising Business with ‘Ouija’

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Universal Pictures became the first company to distribute an advertisement on Snapchat, using the social media app to promote “Ouija” over the weekend. A 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror film based on Hasbro Studio’s boardgame appeared in the “Recent Updates” section of users’ accounts on the app, with a sponsored icon. The ad disappears… Read more »

‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: ‘Strangers’ in the Night

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Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season five, episode two, titled “Strangers.” After the adrenaline rush of last week’s season premiere, “Strangers” gives our newly expanded group some much-needed breathing room, but as Abraham presciently points out during the hour, whenever our survivors get a chance to slow down,… Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Foreign Box Office Thanks to China

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” jetted to the top of the foreign box office this weekend, powered by Chinese audiences who have embraced Star Lord and company as their own. The Marvel film racked up $23.1 million overseas, the bulk of it coming from the People’s Republic. Those strong results pushed the space adventure’s global total… Read more »