Jan Koeppen Named President Fox International Channels Europe & Africa

jan koeppenJan Koeppen, the current COO of 21st Century Fox Europe and Asia, is making a transition to Fox International Channels where he will take over as President of Europe and Africa. He is stepping into the … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms; More

Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Jesus of FoxFox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records; Fox Int’l Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe; More

‘The Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records In Spain
the time in betweenDeadline readers who follow international closely will know that I’ve been high on Spanish period miniseries The Time In Between. The 11-part mini debuted in Spain in October as the best local drama premiere of the last eight years. It concluded its run on Antena 3 on Tuesday night with an all-time record high of over 5.5M viewers and a 27.8% share. It also hit a peak of 5.88M viewers. The series overall averaged 5M viewers and had a 25.5% average share. Produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3, it led among over 35s with a 25.2% share, and reached a 37.7% share among audiences aged 55-64. Based on María Dueñas’ novel, The Time In Between is set during the Spanish Civil War and the run-up to World War II. It’s the story of a woman raised by a poor single mother and taught to be a seamstress. When she falls for a handsome young man, she moves with him to Morocco and spends months living the high life. But when the money runs out and she falls pregnant, he leaves. She ultimately builds a new life and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. Interest from abroad has been high: The series already is running in Romania and offers on remake rights and/or the original are in from the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Croatia, and several territories in Latin America and Africa.

Fox International Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe
While Europeans eagerly await this summer’s World Cup, they’ll be able to check out the biggest game of the year for the other kind of super_bowl_48.mgnfootball in just a few weeks. Fox International Channels is bringing the Super Bowl to the continent. When the Seattle Seahawks face off with the Denver Broncos on February 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch the full Fox coverage beginning at 12:25 AM on February 3. More than 12 million households in Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will have access to the game. This will be the first time the Super Bowl is broadcast live on the FIC channels in Europe. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the halftime act. Separately, Fox International Channels said today that it has appointed Fabrizio Salini to managing director of its Italian operation, effective February 17. Salini was VP Entertainment Channels for FIC Italy from 2003 and 2011, and returns after a two-year stint serving senior management roles at SKY Italia, Discovery Communications Italia and Switchover Media. Read More »

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Fox International Channels Names Simon Thomas EVP, Global Sports And Content Sales

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 7:21am PST

Los Angeles, November 5, 2013: Simon Thomas will join FOX International Channels’ (FIC) executive management team in January as Executive Vice President of Global Sports and Content Sales, it was announced today by Hernan Lopez, President & Chief Executive Officer of FIC. The appointment comes as FIC continues to expand its worldwide sports presence and ownership of premium sports rights as well as its catalog of original factual, lifestyle and scripted content.

Thomas, a seasoned sports and media executive, spearheads the development of two of FIC’s highest growth units. The first is the international FOX Sports channel portfolio and its complementary stake in global sports rights. The second is a newly consolidated content sales and syndication arm responsible for monetizing FIC’s extensive and growing library of sports, factual, lifestyle and scripted entertainment content. Thomas will based in London and Zurich and will report to Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of FIC.

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World Series And Much More MLB Coming To Europe Via Fox International Channels

The World Series got under way tonight, so Fox International Channels figured it’s a good time to unveil a long-term deal to air MLB games in more than 30 European countries, starting with … Read More »

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Christian Barcellos Tops Lifestyle And Reality Programming At Fox International Channels

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

The exec producer of five Real Housewives spinoffs has been tapped as the first EVP of the new unit, overseeing original development, production and acquisitions. Christian Barcellos also will develop and implement a long-term programming plan for Fox International Read More »

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Fox Scores Rights To German Soccer In 80 Territories Including North America

With the popularity of global soccer increasing in the States, and as next summer’s World Cup in Brazil approaches, 21st Century Fox is adding to its international rights portfolio. The group has partnered with the Deutsche … Read More »

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Fox International To Adapt Latest Keshet Espionage Drama With Peter Landesman Aboard To Write

Fox International Channels is partnering with Keshet International on the U.S. adaptation of Homeland producer Keshet’s newest Israeli scripted drama series Shkufim (False Flag). Parkland director Peter Landesman will make his TV writing debut and pen the adaptation. The original series, which airs on Keshet channel 2 in Israel, is inspired by the 2010 assassination in Dubai, where a Palestinian radical was killed in his hotel room. The hotel pieces together surveillance footage and passport photographs to implicate 26 international hotel guests and release them to global news outlets. Landesman’s version, which FIC is developing in house, centers on eight apparently ordinary U.S. citizens who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the Internet and television news around the world as suspects in a brazen and dangerous international crime. What seems at first like a horrible case of mistaken identity unspools into a psycho-espionage thriller. Amit Cohen-Raab and Maria Feldman created the Israeli series, which is produced by Tender productions. Cohen-Raab, who wrote the series, will co-write the U.S. pilot story with Landesman. Read More »

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Fox International Channels Scores NFL Rights For Parts Of Europe

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 3:49am PDT

Madrid – September, 4th 2013 – FOX International Channels, 21st Century Fox multimedia business, announced today a 2-year agreement with NFL International to broadcast one NFL game per window in English across parts of Europe on FOX Sports channels, FOX Sports branded blocks, and FOX Sports services beginning with the 2013 season.

NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch on FIC Sunday games, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and all three U.S. Thanksgiving Day Games in English. FIC will also broadcast all NFL postseason games in English, including the Super Bowl.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: FoxCrime Launches In Africa; News Corp Seals Mobile Deals For Soccer In Asia; More

FoxCrime Channel Infiltrates South Africa
Fox International Channels announced the South African launch of its global crime and investigation entertainment network, FoxCrime. The launch adds 1.6 million subscribers to the brand’s 25 million existing global households. The South African FoxCrime schedule combines FIC original co-productions such as The Bridge with franchise acquisitions including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods. The channel also boasts a Classic Crime block that launches with NYPD Blue, Remington Steele, CHiPs and The Streets of San Francisco and includes an African-focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa, covering infamous crime stories from across the Continent.

News Corp Secures Exclusive Mobile, Internet Soccer Rights
News Corp said Monday that it has secured exclusive mobile and Internet clip rights for England’s Barclays Premier League and several additional major leagues in Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia beginning this month. In addition, mobile and Internet rights have been secured in those territories for Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France), Serie A (Italy), FA Cup (England), Championship (England), Capital One Cup (England), Brazilian Championship, and Major League Soccer.

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FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Debuts Strong Internationally

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 3:20pm PDT

Looks like The Bridge crosses the globe fairly well. With a July 11 start, Fox International Channels’ weeklong rollout of international premieres for the new FX US/Mexico border crime series more than 3 million consolidated … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Marc Forster Heads Zurich Competition Jury; Fox Preps Launch In Netherlands; More

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

Marc Forster Tops International Film Competition Jury At Zurich
Marc Forster has been tapped to lead the International Film Competition Jury at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs September 26-October 6. The Swiss-German director, producer and screenwriter most recently helmed World War Z. Said Forster, “I have followed the success story of the Zurich Film Festival from afar and I’m certain that a fascinating task awaits me,” he said. The jury also includes American producer Stacey Sher, Indian producer Guneet Monga, Australian writer-director Andrew Dominik and Swiss filmmaker Thomas Imbach.

Fox Launches August 19 In The Netherlands
Fox will launch a 24-hour localized channel in the Netherlands on August 19. It will be available to digital TV subscribers of Dutch cable operator Ziggo. Fox International Channels will operate the new network in partnership with Dutch media venture Eredivisie Media & Marketing. The channel will target men and women ages 12 and older, offering a slate of premium, first-run drama, movies, animation and sports programming. The series lineup will include The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bridge, Low Winter Sun and Ripper Street. Read More »

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Fox Sports To Launch In Italy + Is A New Summer Soccer League Afoot?

Under Fox International Channels, Fox Sports has increased its subscribers outside the U.S. from 17 million to more than 64 million in the past three years. The network has expanded in places like Japan, Brazil, Southeast … Read More »

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Ward Platt Upped To Pair Of Top Posts At Fox International Channels

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 5:00am PDT

Fox International Channels today promoted the company veteran to COO as well as naming him CEO of National Geographic Channels International. Ward Platt had been FIC’s President of Asia Pacific and the Middle East. … Read More »

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Fox International Channels In Pay-TV Deal On René Balcer’s Jean Reno Cop Series ‘Jo’

Fox International Channels has acquired first run pay-TV rights to René Balcer‘s upcoming crime series Jo in more than 120 territories. The English-language series, formerly titled Le Grand, stars Jean Reno as a veteran detective in … Read More »

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Fox International Channels Makes Multi-Market Deal With Cineflix For BBC America’s ‘Copper’

Copper is going worldwide. Fox International Channels and Cineflix Studios have an agreement to show the upcoming BBC America Civil War era drama in Australia, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal as well as across Latin America … Read More »

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Fox International Channels Boards ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 8:45am PDT

David S. Goyer’s historical fantasy series Da Vinci’s Demons was picked up straight to series by Starz with an eight-episode order back in October. Now Fox International Channels has come aboard the Starz-BBC Worldwide co-production to become … Read More »

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Most Pay TV Channel Names Are Unfamiliar To Overseas Viewers: Study

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 2:51pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Fox International Channels has mixed news for pay TV network execs who wonder whether their channel names have any meaning overseas, especially in fast-growing developing countries. Just a handful of networks resonated with the 14,000 respondents to a recent online survey conducted by Millward Brown Optimor. The study included 12 markets: Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, India, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Discovery was the best-known channel, with 85% of the respondents saying that they are familiar with it. As part of the most globally focused Big Media company News Corp, it’s not surprising that Fox-related services did especially well in the study. It has five of the seven most recognized channels with National Geographic (82%), Fox (61%), Foxlife (44%), FX (33%) and Star (26%). (The list also includes Sony’s AXN, familiar to 52% of respondents.) But the vast majority of channels are familiar to less than one in five people surveyed. Read More »

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Scott Rosenbaum To Write FX’s ‘Port Royal’

By | Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 10:00am PDT
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From aliens to pirates – V executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum has been tapped to write the pilot script for Port Royal, FX’s drama series project produced by Graham King’s GK-tv, Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, FX Prods. and Fox International … Read More »

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