Netflix to bring in $15bn in sub fees for 2018, says CEO

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has stated that Netflix is set to earn around $15bn (£10.8bn) in subscription revenue this year by sticking to its strategy of delivering original content. The streaming giant told Nikkei Asian Review reporters, who also first reported the story, that the company’s guiding principle is turning subscribers “hard-earned money” into quality […]

Sky UK among buyers of Ryan Murphy’s Fox drama 9-1-1

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has licensed its high rating cop series 9-1-1 in over 100 countries, including to Sky Living and Now TV in the UK and Ireland. Since its debut this January in the US, 9-1-1 has become the best-rated scripted series on Fox, according to the company. The series, created by Ryan […]

YouTube TV ups price and adds Turner channels

YouTube TV is set to up its price from US$35 to US$40 per month, has added a host of Turner channels, and plans to up its sports output. The news came as YouTube said it will also expand its over-the-top pay TV service to 100 top US markets in the coming weeks. YouTube is adding […]

Fox still confident of Sky approval

21st Century Fox remains confident that it will secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of Sky by the middle ofthis year, despite the Competition And Markets Authority’s provisional ruling in January that the deal was “not in the public interest”. The UK competition watchdog provisionally blocked the takeover on the grounds that the acquisition of 100% […]

Nat Geo & Fox bring back Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos

Fox and National Geographic have announced that they will bring back Emmy Award-winning series Cosmos, after a successful series in 2014. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a new 13-part series and will premiere globally in Spring 2019. The title which hails from executive producer, writer, director and creator Ann Druyan with executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and […]

Fox Asia hires Multichoice EVP for FOX+ OTT service

Fox Networks Group Asia (FNGA) has appointed Multichoice exec John Kotsaftis in the newly created role of executive vice president of OTT platform Fox+. Based in Singapore, Kotsaftis will oversee the growth and development of Fox+, and look to import new consumption models to Asia. Kotsaftis will report directly to Zubin Gandevia, president of FNGA. […]

TBI’s top ten stories of 2017

In many ways, 2017 was a landmark year for television and the wider world, with significant changes, good and bad, in both spheres. Here, TBI runs down ten stories that defined the past twelve months. 10. Movers and shakers The big trend last year was the exodus of television executives to lead commissioning teams for […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

Kapital hires Fox vet for business ops

Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has hired Fox veteran Sandra Ortiz to oversee business affairs and production business. Ortiz was most recently head of business affairs for Fox 21 Television Studios. She joined US-based Kapital recently and has already helped to negotiate with CBS All Access for an order of drama Tell Me a Story and […]

Asian prodcos: OTT’s golden moment

Golden Karavan’s Apoorva Bakshi and Jeff Sagansky talk to Kaltrina Bylykbashi about why India needs a new production company that aims to serve emerging OTT players in the territory. The emergence on India’s newest OTT production company, Golden Karavan, comes with the steep rise in take-up of streaming services in the territory and the understanding […]

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