CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

Amazon gets Undone with toon from BoJack Horseman team

Amazon Studios has given the greenlight to a half-hour animated series from the team behind Netflix comedy BoJack Horseman. Undone is going straight to series on Amazon Prime Video following an order from Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. The show is from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, who […]

Netflix purchases fifth Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker will pen a fifth season of dystopian technology series Black Mirror for SVOD service Netflix despite rumours he was seeking to wind it up. Netflix confirmed the new run of the anthology drama, which comes from Brooker’s Endemol Shine Group-owned prodco House of Tomorrow. Rumours that Brooker would end Black Mirror after its […]

Amazon scores La Liga football docu-series

Amazon Prime Video has greenlit Six Dreams, a sports docu-series that follows six individuals throughout their 2017-18 season of La Liga, the globally-followed Spanish football league. The series will give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Spanish football league following three players, two coaches and a club president as they navigate their way through […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]

BBC boss fears threat of digital giants

BBC director general Tony Hall is again attacking the threat of the US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic change” is […]

Netflix orders talk show from Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj

Netflix is bringing in yet another talk show, this time with The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj. The show is set to debut later this year. Netflix has committed to a 32-episode order, making Minhaj the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show. In the show, Minaj will explore the modern cultural and political […]

Oath distanced from Morning Breath after Instagram star’s tweets

Verizon’s Oath has cancelled The Morning Breath, a celebrity talk show aimed at millennials, after Instagram star Claudia Oshry Soffer was accused of sending ‘anti-Muslim’ tweets. The show, which streams live on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram on weekday mornings at 10:30am ET, will be cancelled immediately, according to the digital company. An Oath representative said […]

Netflix strikes Sky deal across Europe

Netflix will be bundled into a new Sky pay TV subscription pack in Europe. Customers with the next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in the coming year, with the same […]

Viacom plans direct-to-consumer streaming service

Viacom has revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service later this year. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said that the new service would draw from more than 10,000 hours of library content. “We’re going to implement [the service] on a […]