Liberty Media Corp. has plans to spin off its 50% stake in Discovery Communications into a stand-alone company. Analysts say this is a possible first step toward Liberty becoming a collective of smaller businesses.
Amsterdam-based distributor Off the Fence plans to launch a Bristol-based production arm, headed up by exec producer Joe Kennedy.
In Toronto, the provincial government has contributed CDN$25 million (US$21 million) to the city’s new Festival Arts Centre, which is slated to open in 2006. The Centre will be the new headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival.
L.A.-based Film Garden Entertainment has launched The Greenhouse, a program to produce docs for non-profit charitable orgs by utilizing talents of aspiring filmmakers.
Toronto’s Chum Television has signed a five-year deal with Jakarta-based MRA Media Group to supply a programming block as well as station design and formatting to MRA’s O Channel.
U.K.-based 3DD has aligned with N.Y.’s Cactus Three to further expand shared distribution and production activities. The first project the pair will partner on is Metropolis-produced PUNK:attitude. 3DD has also secured non-U.S. TV rights to Steven Spielberg’s new doc Watch the Skies!
Boston’s WGBH International has struck an agreement with Mercedes Alvarez of Montreal-based HOLA Entertainment to represent WGBH’s Latin America catalog and productions.