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Extra: GRB’s crime spree; Time Warner posts strong Q3

GRB sends crime series worldwide California producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has inked deals to send various crime series to Canada’s Bell Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel ...
November 2, 2016

GRB sends crime series worldwide

California producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has inked deals to send various crime series to Canada’s Bell Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Ireland and Malta.

Bell Media has acquired four series for its French-speaking audiences. They include Killer Legends, the investigation of real crimes that spawned from urban legends such as The Candyman, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs; Cropsey, detailing the disappearance and death of a 12-year-old girl in the summer of 1987 by a man identified as Andre Rand (pictured); FBI Takedowns, featuring elite FBI agents on a mission to hunt down the world’s most wanted criminals; and Police Women of Dallas, which follows the lives of three female police officers and a detective at the Dallas Police Department as they provide a first–person account of their demanding, sometimes funny, and often dangerous lives as officers of the law.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will also broadcast Police Women of Dallas, along with Police Women of Broward County, following four female members of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, and Police Women of Cincinnati, featuring four female officers with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Sony has also picked up Earl Hamner: Storyteller, a new documentary paying tribute to one of America’s most prolific television writers, Earl Hamner Jr., creator of The Waltons and Falcon Crest and writer of multiple episodes of The Twilight Zone.

Time Warner posts strong Q3 results

Time Warner Inc. released its Q3 2016 results Nov. 2, posting a 9% growth in revenues to US $7.2 billion across its media properties, compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Operating income hiked 10% to $2 billion and adjusted operating income grew 12% to $2.1 billion due to increases at all operating divisions and lower intercompany eliminations, according to the quarterly report.

Jeff Bewkes, company chair and CEO, acknowledged the strong results, noting in a statement they “exceed our original 2016 outlook.” Positive box office response to Warner Bros. films, including Suicide Squad and Sully, and an anticipated audience appetite for J.K. Rowling’s upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (opening Nov. 18) helped to drive revenues.

Warner Bros., behind unscripted series such as Little Big Shots and the upcoming Little Big Shots: Forever Young, revenues reached $3.4 billion in Q3 2016, up from $3.2 billion a year earlier.  Turner, spanning basic cable networks TNT, TBS, CNN and TruTV, rose from $2.4 billion in Q3 2015 to $2.6 billion in this quarter. Revenue increases at HBO were less dramatic, rising from $1.36 billion to $1.43 billion year-over-year.

Last month, Time Warner confirmed it will merge with AT&T, with the telco paying out US$84.5 billion in a stock-and-cash transaction that will see the creation of a new corporate entity completed by the end of 2017.

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