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Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

NBC’s Jennifer Salke replaces Roy Price at Amazon Studios

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke is set to become Amazon Studio’s head of content, replacing Roy Price who departed in October. Price departed the company amid sexual harassment claims late last year, which preceeded the departures of Amazon Studios department heads such as Joe Lewis and Conrad Riggs. In the interim, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng […]

Netflix reveals viewers’ ‘first binges’

Netflix data has revealed the top ten titles most likely to first get viewers to binge on the platform. Netflix defines a binge as completing at least one season of a show within seven days of starting. Analysis focused on members who joined in the past five years. The top three consisted of Breaking Bad, […]

Amazon joins first All3-produced Liberty Global drama

Amazon Prime Video has boarded a first high-end drama from All3Media, which is producing for its backer, cable giant Liberty Global. The Feed will go out in the US, Canada and Latin America as an Amazon exclusive with Liberty-owned Virgin Media airing it in the UK as its debut scripted original. Other Liberty cable services […]

Netflix influences viewing habits even in non-core genres – study

Having a popular content brand name like Netflix remains a key driver in picking up viewers, new data shows. Respondents to Hub Entertainment Research’s study claimed networks have no influence on what they watch, but their actual behaviour suggests otherwise. The findings, published yesterday, showed that 41% claimed network brand didn’t affect their viewing preferences. […]

Content deals bite as Hulu losses sting Disney for $250m

Hulu’s successes in acquired and original programming are coming at a cost. Hulu backer The Walt Disney Company revealed its share of the losses at the US subscription VOD service would be US$250 million. Twelve months ago, Disney predicted losses of US$100 million from the service, highlighting a significant increase in costs. Fox’s latest earnings […]

Amazon develops Western with Arnie

Amazon Studios is developing a Western drama set in the 1800s with former California governor and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Outrider will be set in the American Wild West, in an Oklahoma Indian territory, following a deputy tasked with not only apprehending a dangerous outlaw in the wilderness, but also with a ruthless federal […]

Fox names new digital president

Fox Networks Group (FNG) has promoted from within for a new leader of its Digital Consumer Group division. Jeff Hughes, who joined FNG in 2016, will succeed Brian Sullivan in the role. He is a former BSkyB (now Sky UK) and Omniphone exec. Sullivan, a former Sky Deutschland and Sky UK chief, was promoted to […]

Disney’s ESPN streaming service set for US spring launch

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, ESPN Plus, is due to launch in the US this spring as part of a revamped ESPN app, according to Mouse House CEO Bob Iger. The app comes ahead of the launch of Disney’s entertainment-focused global SVOD service next year, which will compete directy with Netflix and Amazon. Speaking on […]

SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]