Just as the former Top Gear team heads over to Amazon Prime, the BBC show has plugged in a new executive producer. Lisa Clark will step in for Andy Wilman who left the motoring series after Jeremy Clarkson was exited and who is joining Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for their new program at Amazon. Chris Evans has strapped into the Top Gear driver’s seat for the BBC and will reunite there with Clark, with whom he previously worked at The Big Breakfast and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. Her recent credits include sitcom Vic & Bob’s House Of Fools. In 2001, she founded Pett Television with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer to produce entertainment formats and scripted comedies including Celebrity Dog School on BBC One, Tittybangbang on BBC Three, Angelos Epithemiou on Channel 4 and Matt Berry Does on BBC iPlayer.
Discovery Communications has agreed a strategic relationship with Turkey’s Doğuş Media Group, increasing its portfolio to 13 channels locally. Discovery has seen growth in the dynamic market, which includes the opening of a local office in 2012, full distribution across all major Turkish pay-TV platforms, the launch of local advertising and continued investment in its channel offer. “Turkey has been an important market for Discovery for 17 years, and we are proud of our position as one of the leading international broadcasters in the country,” said Kasia Kieli, President & MD, Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The expanded relationship with Doğuş includes ad sales representation and new investments like the acquisition of the CNBC-e channel. The national news and entertainment channel marks Discovery’s first step into the Turkish free-to-air segment. The acquisition is expected to be concluded this year.
Spain’s ALMA Sindicato de Guionistas has become the second non-English-speaking guild to partner with The Black List, after the Writers Guild Italia, which did so in November. The partnership was facilitated by Italian writer-producer David Bellini, the WGI’s spokesperson in Los Angeles and President of Elsewhere Works, a literary/talent agency, production and distribution company that promotes non-American writers and directors on the U.S. market and American writers and directors in the rest of the world. Black List founder Franklin Leonard said of the partnership with ALMA, “We welcome great screenplays, wherever they come from, and nothing would make me happier than for the site to help many Spanish screenwriters find work in Hollywood or elsewhere.” The new relationship officially begins September 1.
Videocon d2h Limited, India’s fast-growing DTH pay-TV provider, has launched mobile TV app Direct to Mobile TV. The innovation will give Videocon d2h subscribers the ability to watch television anytime, anywhere on their mobile phones with access to more than 70 select live TV channels and more than 3,000 library movies and videos available in the library. In April, Videocon became the first Indian media company to be listed on the NASDAQ. It did so through a transaction with Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp, the acquisition vehicle formed by media executives Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky. The fast-growing Indian economy is creating new pay-TV households throughout the country and Videocon has seen active new subscriber growth for the last four years. About 84% of the country’s TV owners subscribe to pay-TV and with about 100M homes that have yet to purchase their first sets, there is significant room to grow.
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