Netflix shocks at Super Bowl with sneak Cloverfield launch

Netflix’s marketing execs are slapping each other on the backs after their latest movie launch stunt stole the show during the Super Bowl last night. The SVOD service took everybody by surprise by announcing the launch of the latest instalment of the Cloverfield horror franchise during the annual American Football final in the US. US […]

Amazon usurps Hulu Japan as exclusive HBO home

Amazon Prime Video’s Japanese wing has struck a deal to bring major HBO titles such as Game of Thrones (pictured) and Westworld to the SVOD service. The HBO shows will be made available through Amazon Japan from April 1, with its catalogue launching immediately and other series joining six months after their premieres in Japan. […]

BBCWW takes majority stake in Sid Gentle Films

BBC Worldwide has taken a 51% stake in British scripted drama and feature film company Sid Gentle Films. The agreement follows a prior distribution relationship between the two companies, and includes an option for a phased increase in ownership by BBCWW in the coming years. The team have since produced titles such as The Durrells […]

BBC Showcase to host tech giants Apple, Netflix & more

BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018, held later this month (February 18-21), will be hosting Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Hulu and more digital giants in Liverpool, UK. The Showcase, which brings together buyers with A-list talent, commissioners and producers, will also play host to localised SVOD players such as Showmax, Stan and iFlix. Joining the streamers, stars […]

Sky Atlantic places Trust in Danny Boyle’s FX drama

European pay TV channel Sky Atlantic has bought a Danny Boyle-led retelling of the Getty family story, with Donald Sutherland attached to star. Trust will go out exclusively on Sky Atlantic nets in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Italy. FX Productions, whose parent 21st Century Fox is currently buying Sky Atlantic parent Sky, developed […]

Walter Presents heads down The River

On-demand service Walter Presents has acquired rights to new Norwegian drama The River in the UK, US and Australia. Canal+ in Poland, ZDF in Germany and Yandex in Russia have also bought the 8x60mins series, which UK-based DRG launched at MIPCOM last year. The River is based on real events and set in a close-knit […]

Sky buys CBS cop drama S.W.A.T.

UK satcaster Sky has acquired rights to Shemar Moore cop drama vehicle S.W.A.T., which launched recently on CBS, TBI has learned. Sky closed a deal with producer and distributor Sony Pictures Television for the US drama this week, and takes first-run rights in the UK. The Fox-backed satellite TV operator, which yesterday indicated it plans […]

Fremantle hires scripted trio including ex-Weinstein Co. exec

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has added three industry veterans to its scripted division, including Oliver Jones from The Weinstein Company, Reid Shane (pictured) from Media Rights Capital and Jennifer Sherwood from Silk Road Productions. Shane has joined the company as executive VP of production, while Sherwood will be welcomed as the new senior VP of […]

Boat Rocker acquires Fremantle’s kids division

Boat Rocker Media has acquired FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division. The move is effective immediately. It follows a range of investments that Boat Rocker has made in kids entertainment in the past two years, including the purchase of Jam Filled Entertainment, Arc Production assets and a co-development deal with children’s brand Fisher-Price. The division […]

Netflix orders some magic with Derren Brown specials

Netflix has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Vaudeville Productions for three specials with magician Derren Brown. The series will kick off with Derren Brown: The Push on 27 February. It features Brown’s controversial experiment in which he exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. The other two specials are a televised version […]