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.
Leading Japanese direct-to-home satellite broadcaster Sky PerfecTV will start a video transmission service in November that will allow firms to send and receive video over the company's satellite…
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.
DreamWorks will make all of its theatrical movies available to DirecTV for play in high-definition format starting later this year.
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.
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.
E! Entertainment has inked with Israeli broadcaster Tel-Ad to create a showbiz channel for the Middle Eastern market.
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.
Comedian Hal Sparks has been tapped the new host of the E! cabler staple "Talk Soup."
Late TV exec John A. Reisenbach is being honored with the establishment of a Manhattan charter school to open this fall in his name.