The hit kids phenom "Teletubbies" again proved a big earner for the BBC last year, with the series and related products generating sales of £32 million ($51 million), well up on $37 million in 1997.
The megabuck bidding war to secure rights to France's top soccer games has gone into overtime, with the two main players being told to re-evaluate their offers.
Veteran TV exec Jules Haimovitz is poised to join the Lion as head of a new division tasked with developing cable channels and other ventures revolving around MGM's vast movie and TV library.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
No Good Deed
No Good Deed1Daily:$1.8M Cumulative:$27.7M Sony / Screen Gems 13.13%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$778,903 Cumulative:$307.3M Disney 34.56%
Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 23Daily:$703,203 Cumulative:$17.1M Warner Brothers 34.59%
Late TV exec John A. Reisenbach is being honored with the establishment of a Manhattan charter school to open this fall in his name.
German media heavyweights Kirch and Bertelsmann may soon be at war again on the digital front: Bertelsmann affiliate CLT/Ufa has just put in for a license for a bouquet of digital channels.
DreamWorks will make all of its theatrical movies available to DirecTV for play in high-definition format starting later this year.
The San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks continue to sag in the statistical categories that mean the most to NBC.
E! Entertainment has inked with Israeli broadcaster Tel-Ad to create a showbiz channel for the Middle Eastern market.
Studios USA has committed an estimated $3 million-$4 million to ink two-year, overall development deals with comedy writers Kari Lizer, Donald Todd and the team of Barbara Wallace and Thomas Wolfe.
In addition to looking for a co-anchor for Bryant Gumbel, CBS News execs are in the process of deciding another key element of their soon-to-be revamped morning show: its name.