Sky expands European start-up footprint
European pay-TV operator Sky is planning on upping its investments in start-ups with the launch of a new office in Germany and a US$4 million commitment to Israeli venture capital fund Remagine Ventures.
The new Berlin office will provide Sky with the opportunity to discover investment opportunities with promising entrepreneurs across Germany and the Nordics, while allowing the Euro broadcaster to foster relationships with investors.
Sky’s investment in recently launched Tel Aviv-based fund Remagine Ventures, meanwhile, will give Sky an inside track to Israel’s technology start-ups within the tech, entertainment, data and commerce sectors. Remagine is managed by former ProSiebenSat1.Media investor Kevin Baxpehler and former Google Ventures Europe partner Eze Vidra.
Sky has been investing in start-ups since 2012. In that time, the media conglomerate has invested in more than 20 companies including Roku, 1Mainstream, Elemental, The Rights Xchange and Drone Racing League.
OUTtv jumps to South Africa
Canadian LGBTQ+ network OUTtv has expanded its international footprint with the launch of a pop-up channel in South Africa.
In partnership with multi-channel and pay-TV net MultiChoice, OUTtv South Africa will offer a mix of lifestyle, reality, travel, drama and comedy shoes that appeal to the LGBTQI+ community and progressive audiences. Unscripted programming included at launch will be RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce and Hey Qween! as well as OUTtv originals Knock Knock Ghost, Sex & Violence, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula and Don’t Quit Your Gay Job.
A selection of the series will also be available to DStv customers via DStv Catch Up and on DStv Now online.
OUTtv South Africa will broadcast as a pop-up channel on DStv channel 198 from Oct. 4 until Nov. 4.
The net’s expansion into South Africa follows a year of growth which saw a launch in New Zealand and increases in subscription and monthly streams in Canada via OUTtvGo.
GoQuest Media’s My Dance Crew waltzes into Germany
Indian indie distributor GoQuest Media Ventures has sent competition format My Dance Crew (pictured) to Germany via indie Fandango Film TV Internet Produktions.
Under the deal, Fandango will acquire the 8 x 45-minute dance format for Germany and the German-speaking territories of Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
My Dance Crew first aired across Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV2 and provides a country’s top celebrities the opportunity to join their own dance crews as they perform weekly live performances.