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Carlsen Resources Opens London Office
Carlsen Resouces has announced the opening of an office in London, England to better serve the growing demand for worldwide talent.  Read More >

Sony PlayStation Vue Launches ‘Slim’ TV Bundles Nationwide Without Live Broadcast Channels
Now that Sony’s PlayStation Vue has added ESPN, the company is pitching the over-the-top TV service everywhere in the U.S. — although in most markets, it will lack live local TV programming today.The new PlayStation Vue Slim packages stand to raise the competitive stakes in the OTT space, giving disgruntled cable and satellite TV customers a... Read More >

Turner Plans to Enter Direct to Consumer Biz
Turner Broadcasting said it plans to jump into the direct-to-consumer business with a couple of products by the end of the year.At a luncheon get together with reporters in New York on Wednesday, Turner CEO John Martin offered few details about the product. He said it might be an offshoot of one of the companies network or a brand extension aimed... Read More >

CBS, Turner Pay $8.8B for NCAA March Madness Rights Through 2032
CBS and Time Warner’s Turner have secured rights to jointly televise the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for another eight years, ensuring the two companies will maintain their hold on one of the most coveted properties in TV sports through 2032 – more than a decade and a half into the future.The two media companies... Read More >

Netflix to Expand Audio Descriptions for Blind Subscribers
Netflix reached a wide-ranging three-year deal with advocacy groups for the blind, under which it has pledged to add audio-description tracks for many titles in its streaming and DVD libraries.Also under the agreement, Netflix has agreed to make its website and mobile apps accessible to visually impaired people who use screen-reading... Read More >

Fullscreen Unveils SVOD Streaming Service For Teens & Young Adults
Fullscreen — a digital entertainment company controlled by Otter Media, AT&T’s joint venture with Peter Chernin — says today that on April 26 it will introduce its global, Netflix-like, ad-free subscription video on demand service for teens and young adults.The $4.99-a-month offering (with a 30-day... Read More >

New Currencies Used in NBCU Ad Data Deals
NBCUniversal said it will begin to use currencies other than the traditional Nielsen demographic ratings to sell commercials and guarantee viewership for clients buying its data-driven ad products.The new currencies will be customized for each advertiser using the latest version of its Audience Targeting Platform, or ATP 2.0, as part of their... Read More >

ITV, A&E Alum Patrice Andrews Named G.M. of Animal Planet
Former ITV Studios America exec Patrice Andrews has been tapped to serve as general manager of Animal Planet.Starting in June, Andrews will oversee day-to-day operations at the Discovery Communications cabler, reporting to Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Her appointment follows the shuffle... Read More >