Scripps goes interactive
E.W. Scripps, the Cincinnati, U.S.-based parent of Home & Garden Television and The Food Network, is expanding into interactive media, including the Internet, wireless applications, and interactive TV. Scripps veteran Frank Gardner will head the research and development team, as senior VP of interactive media. The grand plan includes universally branded websites that focus on the same consumer categories as the company’s cable television networks.
iCraveTV shuts down, settles legal disputes
Canadian broadcasters and producers say they have an out-of-court deal to shut down iCraveTV. The Canadian groups announced they had each reached settlements with TVRadioNow Corp. and William Craig, the website founder. The lobbyist for Canadian producers says the settlement goes beyond the preliminary U.S. injunction issued in early February, which barred iCraveTV’s unauthorized transmission of broadcasters’ signals for 90 days. In the settlement, iCraveTV will have to cease its unauthorized transmissions, and in return several lawsuits against the webcaster will be dropped. Playback
Internet portal for Terra Noa
One of the major development projects on the books for newly formed distributor Terra Noa is a nature and adventure internet portal, reveals CEO Frederic Fougea. The Paris-based company (a joint venture of French prodcos Gedeon, Boreales and 95 West) plans to feature real-time coverage of the expeditions for which Gedeon in particular is well known (like A Woman in the Antarctic, a US$300,000 one-hour one-off about the first woman to cross the frozen landscape, which is slated to air on Canal+ by September). Fougea says that while they are still in negotiations with internet and broadcast companies, they expect to launch the portal by the end of the year.