Second-screen TV service Viggle has acquired Dijit Media, the firm behind personalised TV programming guide NextGuide.The deal, which was closed for undisclosed terms, will see Viggle integrate Dijit Meida’s services – including the NextGuide’s Reminder Button, which can be embedded into any website, letting viewers track and set reminders via email, text message or app push notifications for the shows they plan to watch.As well as reminders, NextGuide also offers a personalised TV guide, drawing listings from TV networks, as well as streaming services like Hulu Plus and iTunes. Its Universal Remote function also lets users control their DVR from anywhere.“We’ve had incredible growth and success since our launch and we’re excited to join with another company that shares our goals – to create a holistic marketing platform for brands and networks, while giving our users content and tools they need to take control of their daily entertainment choices,” said Dijit Media CEO Jeremy Toeman.The deal is the latest example of consolidation in the second screen space. In November i.TV bought GetGlue, which it said this week it is rebranding to tvtag. Yahoo! also this week said it is closing its IntoNow service.
Vice Media’s youth-focused channel Viceland has made a series of senior EMEA appointments ahead of planned launches in the UK, Ireland and France later this year.The channel has named Debi Roach as vice-president, TV production EMEA, Cam Levin as vice-president, brand, EMEA and Dan Louw as vice-president, development, UK.Roach has overseen productions for terrestrial and digital broadcasters across entertainment, scripted comedy and factual entertainment, with credits including Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Derren Brown’s series and specials. In her newly created role at Viceland, she will be overseeing all output for the channel across the region, including a slate of brand new Vice-produced UK programming.Levin, an established creative director and filmmaker, previously worked for MTV International and Sky UK. At Viceland he will oversee audience, platform and social growth strategy as well innovating the channel’s creative billing.Louw is a former head of development in the BBC Documentaries department, where he oversaw a slate including the Louis Theroux films, The Met and BAFTA award winners Life and Death Row and Don’t Take My Baby.The latest appointments follow that of Discovery Networks executive Arjan Hoekstra as general manager, EMEA, in April.