Netflix to launch Brazilian period drama

Netflix is set to produce its latest Brazilian original series, Coisa Mais Linda, a period drama set in the 1950s during the birth and cultural revolution of Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro. The 8x60mins drama will begin filming in 2018. It follows Maria Luiza, a conservative dutiful woman who ends up running a Bossa […]

Popcornflix acquired by Chicken Soup

Video content firm Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) has acquired consumer-facing VOD service Popcornflix by buying its parent company Screen Media Ventures. CSS Entertainment said the deal will help it to achieve its “ambitious growth plans”. It puts it in charge of Screen Media’s content library of over 1,200 TV series and […]

Iflix launches in Bangladesh

Emerging market SVOD service Iflix has launched in Bangladesh in partnership with local mobile operator Robi Axiata. The service will be available in Bangladesh priced at BDT300 (US3.60) per-month and Robi and Airtel customers are eligible to three months free access to Iflix. At launch many of Iflix’s most popular movies and TV shows will […]

Netflix officially drops Spacey

Netflix has fired award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, and will no longer produce TV shows and movies starring him after claims of sexual assault were made against him. Following reports that the actor and producer had sexually assaulted Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp at the age of 14, and other claims since then, Netflix will no […]

Sharknado studio backs end of days SVOD service

US-based OTT TV channels provider TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum, the movie studio behind Sharknado and Z Nation, have teamed up to develop a new streaming service dedicated to apocalypse-themed films and series. The service, named simply Apocaplyse, will initially be available in the North American market. It will showcase content from The Asylum’s library […]

AMC horror SVOD net reaches Germany

AMC Networks’ horror-themed SVOD service Shudder will launch in Germany and Austria. Original series Missions and The Core and acquisitions such as three-part thriller Beyond the Walls and Wolf Creek (pictured) feature on the service, which has been made available on various platforms and mobile operating systems in the territories. Customers will be charged €4.99 […]

BBC chief: SVOD nets won’t stop £500m shortfall

BBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (US$652 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alievate the problem. The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really […]

Netflix orders second German original

SVOD giant Netflix has commissioned a second original drama from Germany. Dogs of Berlin follows Dark, which debuts globally to Netflix subscribers on December 1. The new show will follow two unconventional cops who take up the fight against the criminal underworld in Germany’s capital city. It centres on the murder of a superstar German-Turkish […]

TBI Weekly: OTT players threaten British content

This week ended with BBC chief Tony Hall once again warning of the threat OTT players such as Netflix and Amazon present for UK original content. Hall said: “The reality is that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can […]

Facebook wants focus on communities, not consumption

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He […]

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