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AT&T digital chief to lead Chernin’s Otter as CEO

US-based digital media investments firm Otter Media has appointed a new CEO, who will transfer down from shareholder AT&T. Tony Goncalves has been appointed to the role having consulted with the business since its inception in 2014. Otter has been looking for a new chief since president Sarah Harden became CEO of Hello Sunshine, a […]

Chernin-backed Otter buys up Fullscreen & Ellation

Online content companies Fullscreen and Ellation are now a fully owned subsidiary of web video venture Otter Media. Both already counted the AT&T and Chernin Group joint venture Otter as their majority shareholders. Six-year-old Fullscreen, which operates channels such as The Fine Bros (pictured) is known as the biggest multichannel network group, and briefly operated […]

Crunchyroll partners with NBCU Japan on ‘int’l anime’

Anime video-on-demand service Crunchyroll has partnered with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan (NUEJ) to co-develop new content with “international appeal”. The companies will work together to produce a range of anime titles based on existing content, as well as new projects designed to make “anime more accessible to a global audience”. “Crunchyroll and NUEJ share a passion […]

Chernin’s OTT firm hires Parks from Fullscreen

Otter Media has hired Billy Parks as its content chief. The new recruit joins from streaming channel specialist Fullscreen Media, which is majority owned by Otter. Otter is a joint venture between media veteran Peter Chernin’s Chernin Media and telco giant AT&T, and was formed to exploit opportunities in the OTT space. As executive VP […]

Former AMC int’l chief: ‘niche SVOD is the future’

Niche SVOD services will continue to gain ground in a world where launching new linear services is now ‘implausible’, says former AMC and MGM international boss Bruce Tuchman. In an article for TBIvision.com, Tuchman (pictured), now a media investor and board member of TV analytics specialist Parrot, notes the likes of CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and […]

Chernin’s OTT firm names president

OTT investment business Otter Media has upped Sarah Harden to president. Otter was formed last year as a joint venture between former Fox and News Corp. boss Peter Chernin’s company and telco giant AT&T. The firm launched with US$500 million to invest in OTT and online platforms and content businesses. Harden has been upped from […]

Chernin hires digital boss from Yahoo

Peter Chernin’s media investment business has hired Mike Kerns as president of digital. In his new role at The Chernin Group, Kerns will work on the company’s digital portfolio and investment strategy. He will also sit on the board of Otter Media, TCG’s joint venture with AT&T that was set up to invest in and […]

Japanese drama gets global homes

An upcoming live-action version of Nippon TV anime drama Death Note is to air in 120 territories, with each episodes closely following its Japanese premiere. In the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa animated programming streaming site Crunchyroll will run the show, while Italy’s Mperience will also have it a few days after its […]

AT&T and Peter Chernin launch US$500 million OTT offensive

US telco AT&T and Peter Chernin’s media company said yesterday they will invest US$500 million in over-the-top TV services. The telco has a huge base of wireless and broadband customers and plans to take on the likes of Netflix and Hulu with its own video services for connected consumers. The OTT initiative will see the […]

Chernin Group buys anime streaming site

Peter Chernin’s media investment group has acquired a majority stake in anime streaming platform Crunchyroll. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, will see The Chernin Group take control of San Francisco-based Crunchyroll (left), which counts Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo as its other major outside investor. Crunchyroll’s senior management team will retain to retain a “significant” […]