Voiceover: "Start spreading..." was all the contestant managed to belt out before he was stopped in his tracks by Simon Cowell. Yes, "American Idol" is back for its fifth season on Fox, and the…
Channel operator and production company Optimistic Entertainment is setting up shop in L.A. to produce U.S. versions of its interactive entertainment formats.
South Africa is finally opening up its pay TV market. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is inviting applications for licenses in a six-month bidding period that begins Jan. 31.
Russian TV's newfound fascination with literary drama adaptations continues with vet helmer Gleb Panfilov's version of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "The First Circle," heavily promoted in advance of its…
After two years in the making, 2006 will test MTV Intl.'s commitment to original programming produced for global auds.
The heat is on Axel Springer and Haim Saban as opposition continues to mount against the German publisher's bid for Saban's ProSiebenSat.1 terrestrial TV group. Saban is in preliminary talks with…
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and the WB's "Smallville" also shined on Thursday but CBS carried the night again behind original segs of "CSI" and "Without a Trace," according to preliminary Nielsen…
Buena Vista Intl. Television has signed an exclusive deal with U.K. terrestrial web Channel 4 for mobile and online clips of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."
AMC has hired Jeremy Elice to head up the cabler's West Coast scripted development.
NBC and Warner Bros. TV are back in business with one of their best "Friends," signing Matthew Perry to star in the new series from Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.