Streaming media company RealNetworks agreed to purchase online music outfit Listen.com for $36 million. The deal gives Real control of Listen's Rhapsody music service, which is likely to be combined with RealOne SuperPass, a subscription service that offers news, sports and entertainment content.
USA Network's contract to air the annual eco-challenge competition will come to an end after this year's May 5 to 7 competition in Fiji, Mark Burnett's Eco-Challenge Productions has confirmed. Burnett says he is trying to negotiate a carriage deal with a "major, not cable, network."
Stuart Carter, managing director of Pioneer Productions, a U.K. independent producer, says converting factual programming to entertainment can work, but only if the broadcaster is willing to invest and fully fund the program.