Screen Glue sticks Roughcut exec Matt White
London-based indie television and cross-platform producer Screen Glue has tapped Matt White (pictured) to grow the company’s non-scripted business.
As a development executive, White will work alongside Screen Glue founder Jasper James to grow the company’s slate, with a focus on returning series.
White joins from UK indie Roughcut TV where he was head of non-scripted, working across entertainment, comedy, factual entertainment and factual genres. During his tenure at Roughcut, he produced both series of Delete, Delete, Delete for BBC Northern Ireland; Churchill and Me with Hugh Dennis for Discovery; and co-produced two seasons of Tyger Takes On… for BBC3.
White has also held production and development posts at leading media companies including RDF, Avalon and ITV Studios.
Screen Glue recently produced Size Matters (2 x 60 minutes) for the BBC, ZDF/ZDFE and Arte, and A Day in the Life of Earth (1 x 90 minutes/2 x 45 minutes) for CBC, BBC, France 5 and ZDFE.
Discovery tees up GOLFTV
U.S. media giant Discovery has teamed with the PGA Tour to launch a live and on-demand international streaming platform that will broadcast more than 2,000 hours of live golf each year.
GOLFTV, which tees off on Jan. 1, 2019, will supersede PGA Tour Live across global markets outside of the U.S. and serves as a “one-stop destination” for a wide range of golf content featuring the circuit’s top players and tournaments.
The over-the-top (OTT) platform will provide live coverage of the six tours operating under the PGA Tour umbrella and nearly 150 tournaments annually, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup. In addition, the service will supplement its live action with extensive premium golf content and programming on-demand.
At launch, GOLFTV will offer live coverage to audiences in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Spain.
Further markets will follow between 2020 and 2024, with coverage extending to such territories as Poland, South Korea, Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden, the UK and France.
Rights in all markets (excluding the U.S.) will be managed by Discovery through the strategic alliance with PGA Tour by 2024.
GOLFTV underpins Discovery’s US$2 billon rights deal it struck with the PGA Tour in June, which included global television and multi-platform live rights, outside the U.S., to all PGA Tour media properties. The 12-year partnership begins next year and runs through 2030.
Richard Parsons resigns from CBS Corp. board
Richard Parsons has stepped down from his post at CBS Corporation as interim chairman of the board, citing health concerns.
Parsons’ resignation from the American mass media company’s board of directors comes less than one month after CBS had announced his appointment to the provisional posting of chairman.
“As some of you know, when I agreed to join the board and serve as the interim chair, I was already dealing with a serious health challenge – multiple myeloma – but I felt that the situation was manageable,” said Parsons in a statement. “Unfortunately, unanticipated complications have created additional new challenges, and my doctors have advised that cutting back on my current commitments is essential to my overall recovery.”
Media entrepreneur Strauss Zelnick will assume Parsons’ vacated position, effective immediately. The appointment was approved unanimously by the CBS Board on Sunday (Oct. 21).
In 2001, Zelnick founded media-focused private equity firm ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital), and currently serves as CEO and chairman of the board of directors at interactive entertainment company Take-Two Interactive Software. He has previously held management roles in all forms of entertainment, including recorded music at BMG Entertainment, motion pictures and television programming at 20th Century Fox and international television distribution at Columbia Pictures.