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Netflix stats: what was ‘devoured’ and ‘savoured’ in 2017

Netflix is attempting to spread some Christmas cheer by releasing viewing stats that give insight into the original shows customers most ‘devoured’, ‘cheated’ with and ‘savoured’. According to a Netflix data release, the most devoured show was true crime satire American Vandal, which comes from Woodhead Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment, Funny or Die and CBS […]

Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

Amazon buys first local French dramas

Amazon Prime Video is going a step further in the French market, with its first acquisitions of new local series for its service there. Amazon, which has just become available on Apple TVs after a long period of wrangling, has been adding a number of French dramas since last month. These include deals with Newen […]

Netflix localises in Greece

Netflix has localised its service in Greece, providing local language support and enabling payment in euros in the country for the first time. The subscription video-on-demand provider said that over 70% of the content on the platform is now subtitled or dubbed in Greek. The SVOD service is available on a range of devices in […]

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

Netflix brings in slate of short docs for 2018

Netflix is set to bring in four documentary shorts for the New Year, two of which were announced as part of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival shorts program. New shorts include Ram Dass, Going Home and Ladies First. Ram Dass follows the life of the well-known spiritual leader and author as he approaches the end […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Baldwin comedy

ABC is set to go straight-to-series with a new Alec Baldwin family comedy, co-created and executive produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Julie Bean. The comedy will be produced by ABC Studios, where Baldwin, Barris and Bean are all under overall deals. Barris and Bean will act as showrunners and writers for the yet-to-be-named […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

Nordic World signs first post-merger distribution deal

Oslo’s Nordic World has secured its first distribution agreement since joining forces with Digital Content International (DCI). The combined Nordic World-DCI has secured an international coproduction and distribution deal with Canada’s French-speaking pubcaster Radio-Canada / CBC. Keshet International, Cineflix Rights and France Télévisions are also involved in a wider CBC initiative that the former described […]

Arrow Film launches SVOD net on Amazon

Arrow Film, the UK distributor of Italian hit drama Gomorrah (pictured), has launched Arrow TV for Amazon Prime members. The service, which will offer a range of European and non-English language drama, officially launched on December 8. Arrow TV will kick off with the entire first season of Gomorrah, the Sky Italy drama that followed […]

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