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Global Netflix impact ‘felt for a generation’

The impact of Netflix’s unprecedented global launch will be “felt for a generation”, but will not kill off traditional TV distribution “overnight”, according to a leading analyst. Last week US-based Netflix revealed it was launching in 130 new territories, making it instantaneously available in around 190 markets in total, a move that Tony Gunnarsson of […]

BBC launching drama channel in Middle East

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with OSN and will roll out its drama channel in the Middle East and North Africa region on the regional pay TV platform. BBC First is one of Worldwide’s key channel brands after it rejigged its offering last year, and has already rolled out in Australia and parts of […]

Amazon bags classic X-Files for UK

Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has acquired all nine seasons of the original X-Files series, ahead of the reboot’s debut on terrestrial Channel 5. Following a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Amazon has launched all available episodes of the sci-fi drama, which aired between 1993 and 2002. Viacom-owned Channel 5 acquired exclusive broadcast […]

BBC America gets on board Doctor Who spin-off

BBC America has come on board Doctor Who spin-off Class as a copro partner. The US cable net, which is run by AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide, announced the news at its TCA presentation. Class was originally announced by the BBC last year. Set in London, the 8x45mins series will target a young adult audience […]

Content deals, new launch for Asian Netflix rival

Viu, the recently-launched OTT service from Hong Kong-based telco PCCW, has launched in Singapore, providing local competition to Netflix, which launched there last week. Viu launched in Hong Kong in October, announcing at the time plans to roll out throughout Asia and the Middle East. Its freemium service has now launched in Singapore, the first […]

Starz, Televisa rebooting telenovela classic

US premium cable net Starz and the US arm of Mexican media giant Televisa have joined forces to produce an English-language version of Maleficio. The Televisa novella, acclaimed as one of the most successful of all time, went out in Mexico in the 1980s, running to 320 episodes over a two-year run. The thriller follows […]

Hulu signs Endemol Shine, Sony shows

US on-demand service Hulu has secured rights to E4 comedy-drama My Mad Fat Diary and a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television. The 16x60mins Mad Fat Diary will be available exclusively in the US via Hulu’s ad-free and limited ad plans, comprising three seasons. Hulu acquired the Tiger Aspect Productions coming-of-age period drama series […]

SundanceTV buys BBC-Keshet autism drama

American cable channel SundanceTV has added to its overseas drama ranks by acquiring the British version of Israeli drama The A-Word. SundanceTV becomes a coproducer on the show (pictured), which is for the BBC and comes from Endemol Shine Group-owned Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK. The A-Word joins SundanceTV’s 2016 drama line-up, which includes Sky […]

SBS launches comedy series on Facebook

Australian pubcaster SBS has launched the first episode of its new comedy series The Family Law on Facebook. The linear debut of the comedy series follows next Thursday. The series opener was put on Facebook yesterday and will remain on the social media platform until midnight Sunday. The linear series, meanwhile, will go out in […]

HBO unveils new shows, talks Deadwood film

HBO’s programming chief Michael Lombardo has confirmed a Deadwood movie is moving forward, with David Milch, the creator of the hit Western series, having submitted an outline of how a feature would unfold. HBO said last year there were early discussions with Milch and Lombardo told US website TV Line yesterday that the project is […]