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Analysis – The Mouse catches the Fox: how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in 12 to 18 months, knocks off […]

BT strikes deal with Sky for Now TV and sports

BT has agreed a deal to sell Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV to BT TV customers. Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. BT will be able to sell Now TV subscriptions direct […]

Netflix and web giants protest as FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

Netflix and other web giants have lashed out after US legislators voted to repeal net neutrality laws in the US, in a move that was welcomed by internet service providers (ISPs). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted three to two in favour of rolling back rules that were introduced during the Obama administration, with the […]

Netflix doubles down on true crime with Gibney

Streaming giant Netflix’s successes in the true crime genre have led to the commission of two new doc series, including one from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (pictured). The shows – Gibney’s Dirty Money, and Rotten, which is from Zero Point Zero Productions (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown) – are the latest in a series of unscripted […]

ABC’s Good Doctor travels to Japan with Wowow

Japan’s premium pay-TV broadcaster Wowow has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to hit drama series The Good Doctor. The Sony Pictures Television and ABC copro, which currently airs on ABC in the US, is set to premiere in Japan on April 2018. The series has been a breakout hit in the States, becoming the number […]

Paramount & Anonymous team with Condé Nast for scripted

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have signed a first look deal with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) for new scripted projects. The deal is effective immediately, with Paramount and Anonymous, who are long term production partners, given the opportunity to join CNE in producing scripted projects. CNE has had eight series sold or renewed in 2017, including […]

BET names Viacom exec as president in rejig

BET Networks, the US network targeting African Americans, has named Scott M. Mills from parent Viacom as president and will bring the exec in for the post on January 1, as chairman and CEO Debbie Lee steps back. Prior to his work with Viacom, Mills acted as COO for BET Networks, where he led its […]

TBI Weekly: TV biz devours Netflix stats

By a mile, the most read story this week has been Netflix’s publication of a few simplified viewing stats, showing how much TV professionals today are desperate to understand the viewing habits on the usually secretive streamer. (Bear in mind Disney catching Fox only broke yesterday.) The stats gave a small insight as to which […]

Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

Feisty T-Mobile plans ‘disruptive new TV service’

T-Mobile in the US has acquired TV technology company Layer3 TV and has announced plans to launch a “disruptive new TV service” in 2018. The mobile operator said it will work with Layer3 TV’s technology and team to create a new TV service aimed at people who are “tired of all the BS that comes […]

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