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Pay TV operator Sky has revealed the recruits joining its new two-year assistant commissioner program, which is designed to attract fresh talent from outside the traditional pool of commissioning executives. The program will bring 30% more commissioners to Sky’s teams across Sky Studios and Sky U.K., growing the number from…

Producer and distributor, Media Ranch has begun representation of two Korean formats from DiTurn, the company of “The Masked Singer” creator Park Wonwoo. “Round Table” is a proven singing game-show format created by Park that was a hit in Korea on KBS 2. It involves celebrities without singing ability needing to sing…

In response to Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir, King Charles III is said to be preparing his response in an upcoming BBC interview ahead of his coronation ceremony.

APPOINTMENTS Sweden-based Embracer Group, the new owners of Middle Earth Enterprises – the holding company that owns “The Lord of the Rings” among other J.R.R. Tolkien titles – has appointed Careen Yapp to the newly created position of chief strategic partnerships officer. Yapp will serve as part of the group…

ITV Studios’ head of global distribution Ruth Berry has been promoted to lead both of the company’s global commercial divisions. ITV Studios’ global distribution and global entertainment arms have been brought together under a single leadership and organizational structure, led by Berry, who will work closely with COO David McGraynor.…

Making its U.S. market debut, Spain’s Secouya Studios has unveiled a weighty 2023 slate underscoring its ambitions to consolidate as one of the biggest film-TV producers in the Spanish-speaking world.  Ranging from fiction series, docuseries, feature documentaries and entertainment formats, 2023  projects take in, among unannounced drama series, “Crudo,” the…

HBO Europe veteran Antony Root is set to leave Warner Bros. Discovery at the end of March after 11 years spearheading original programming across the continent. Root has commissioned and overseen more than 1,000 episodes of original premium programming across scripted, documentaries and unscripted for HBO Europe and HBO Max…

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission. You can now watch “The Fabelmans” from home. After hitting theaters in November, the Steven Spielberg film is now available to purchase digitally on Prime Video, Vudu and Google…

Luanne Dietz, three-time Emmy award-winner and former Amazon content leader, has joined Evolve Studios as vice president of branded content. In the newly created role, Dietz will reach audiences through short and long-form films as well as brand partnerships and intentional brand campaigns. At Amazon, Dietz was the head of…

MORE TALENT JOINS ‘AGENCY’ Indonesia’s Miles Films and SK Global Entertainment have revealed more of the talent participating in their “The Talent Agency” (aka “Harbungi Agen Guei”) the local version of the hit French series, “Call My Agent!.” Other recurring roles go to Sheryl Sheinafia, Chicco Kurniawan, Dea Panendra, and…

Panellists at influencer convention CreatorWorld outlined four major shifts happening in the online video space in recent years. CreatorWorld is held under the umbrella of the Singapore Media Festival. Niche content is becoming more successful. Creators who create specific niche content will have a big opportunity to break out, according…

The Unhappy Holiday Movie has become almost a genre unto itself, this year’s new additions running a now-familiar gamut from the sour seasonal rebound rom-com to wreathed-in-gore Yuletide horrors (including this weekend’s “Violent Night” and “Christmas Bloody Christmas”). No matter how dyspeptic in spirit, all tend to hang onto a…