Barcroft Studios rebrands as Future Studios
Future plc announced that its subsidiary Barcroft Studios, which it acquired in December 2019, has now rebranded as Future Studios, while also revealing two promotions.
Al Brown (pictured left) has been promoted to vice president of Future Studios and will be responsible for overseeing internal development, commissioning and distribution. He previously oversaw Barcroft’s factual output for Channel 4′s True Stories brand as executive producer, reporting to John Farrar, Future’s chief creative officer.
Brown previously spent more than a decade at Vice UK, where he was responsible for launching linear pay-TV channel Viceland, online channel Vice News and was vice president of programming for Vice Studios, responsible for the UK division.
Ellie Winstanley (pictured right) has also been promoted, to the position of junior executive producer at Future Studios. Winstanley has been series producer on many of the company’s most successful series for Snapchat and Channel 4 and will handle external digital commissions on Snapchat and YouTube and Facebook output.
“With several new series in production for our terrestrial, cable and digital clients as well as exciting new projects in development from across Future’s incredible portfolio of media brands including our GamesMaster reboot, we felt it’s a natural next step to rename the business Future Studios as we look ahead to the next phase of our growth” said Farrar in a release.
Condé Nast channels join Rakuten TV lineup
VOD and streaming platform Rakuten TV has announced the addition of four Condé Nast channels to its free programming, with Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair and Wired are now available on the platform for free in 42 European countries.
Condé Nast’s offering also includes Bon Appétit, now available in the UK, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, covering food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design and home.
Vogue and Glamour boast exclusive content from some of the leading fashion galas and seasonal collections 24/7, all year. New programming includes Closet Confidential, a collaboration with style guru Tan France to enhance people’s wardrobes in a “fashion-forward VR experience.”
The GQ channel, based on the men’s magazine, will focus on fashion, culture, fitness, music, travel and more, featuring some of the world’s leading names in the industry.
Meanwhile, the Vanity Fair channel will present a unique content proposal that addresses culture, fashion and politics, with exclusive content in keeping with the influence of Hollywood and popular culture while also maintaining its standards of journalistic quality.
And Wired delivers content from the world of science, business and entertainment, breaking down tricks of the trade with some of the world’s top experts.
Saban Films renews contracts of president and CFO/COO
L.A.-based global film acquisition and distribution company Saban Films has renewed the contracts of its president, Bill Bromiley, and its chief financial officer/chief operating officer, Shanan Becker, through the end of 2024.
Bromiley and Becker founded the company in May 2014 and will continue to lead Saban Films into its next stages of growth, the company said. In the past year, the two have expanded Saban Films’ presence, setting distribution deals beyond North America in territories including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand.
“Bill and Shanan have successfully grown Saban Films since its formation in 2015. They have demonstrated a keen ability to execute areas of growth year after year while simultaneously adjusting and capitalizing on current market conditions, increasing the profitability on an annual basis,” said chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Haim Saban, in a statement.
NEM Zagreb postponed until late 2022
Organizers for NEM Zagreb have announced that the next edition of the event has been postponed until December 2022.
In a brief statement citing “an unpredictable winter” and the difficulties of mounting a winter TV market outdoors due to the ongoing pandemic, the sister conference to NEM Dubrovnik will be delayed more than a year.
“We want your environment to always be safe and networking as comfortable as possible. This is what we are known for and why so many of you support us from day one. If it’s impossible to live up to our standards, we will wait for better days ahead,” the statement reads.
“We are looking forward to next year and having all of you experience Zagreb in December once again.”