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Ryan Murphy exits Fox for exclusive $300m Netflix deal

Netflix has pulled off perhaps its biggest production coup to date by prising US super-producer Ryan Murphy away from Fox through an exclusive US$300 million deal. Over recent weeks, rumours have rumbled on that SVOD giant Netflix would sign Murphy (pictured), who is known for series such as American Horror Story and Glee, to bolster its original programming […]

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 […]

Apple hires Paramount exec as comedy chief

Apple has hired Dana Tuinier from The Paramount Network as creative executive for comedy within its Worldwide Video unit. Tuinier will report to Apple’s head of development Matt Cherniss. She will work on Apple’s recently acquired half-hour comedy series, which will be executive produced by Kristen Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. The […]

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine hires CEO

Reese Witherspoon’s (pictured) production company has hired Sarah Harden as its permanent CEO, following her spell as interim chief exec since June 2017. Harden was formely president at Otter Media, where she oversaw the growth of the digital media venture, including a partnership with Hello Sunshine itself. Witherspoon formed Hello Sunshine in 2016, in partnership […]

Propagate gains backing from The Raine Group

Indie studio Propagate Content has secured “significant” financial investment from merchant bank The Raine Group. Propagate looks to use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth globally through the launch of innovative new ventures and targeted acquisitions. The studio is looking to expand its worldwide production, distribution and digital businesses, including the formation of a […]

Apple wants viewers to See original epic drama

In its latest push for originals, Apple has ordered an epic futuristic drama written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight (pictured). See will be directed by The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, according to Deadline, which first reported the story. The drama will arrive from the joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavour Content. See will […]

Apple heads for Home with original docuseries

Apple has gone straight-to-series on a ten-part docuseries about boundary-pushing home builds. Home will take viewers into some of the world’s most imaginative homes and look at the characters behind the people that built them. Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser’s Altimeter Films is coproducing with Time Inc. Productions, Media Weaver Entertainment and musicals director Matthew […]

Apple adds second Witherspoon scripted original

Apple’s push into original scripted television has continued by putting a second series from Reese Witherspoon into development. Are You Sleeping is billed as a thriller drama series from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine prodco. Octavia Spencer (The Help) will star, with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) the writer and creator. The series is based on […]

Apple could buy Netflix – Citi analysts

The chances of tech giant Apple buying Netflix this year stand at around 40%, according to Citi analysts. Apple, which looks set to become the first US$1tn business, is set to repatriate around US$220 billion following US President Donald Trump’s corporation tax cut. Apple is believed to have more than US$250 billion to fund acquisitions. […]

Ovum: Amazon to make more video revenue than Netflix in 2018

Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions. The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue […]

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