Exclusive: HBO Max EMEA on hunt for live-action comedy & unscripted pre-school shows

HBO Max is looking to commission and acquire unscripted pre-school formats, live-action children’s comedies and shows that appeal to young female viewers as the streamer continues its expansion across Europe. The WarnerMedia-owned SVOD, which has had success in EMEA with shows including Looney Tunes Cartoons and Teen Titans Go!, rolled out in 15 European countries […]

Something Special & The Gurin Company team for ‘Family Singers’ competition format

South Korean format firm Something Special has struck a co-development partnership with US-based entertainment producer and distributor The Gurin Company to create a new global competition format. The deal will see the two firms collaborate on Family Singers, a one-hour, closed-ended entertainment format, which will be brought to market at MIPTV next week. The format […]

Disney+ unveils initial UK scripted slate in European originals push

Disney+ has unveiled its first slate of scripted UK originals, including a swashbuckling adventure, a post-heist thriller and a super-powered comedy. Two of the productions will be Star-branded originals while the other will be a Disney-branded original, with the commissions forming part of the company’s commitment to source, develop and produce 50 original productions in […]

Disney+ unveils European hires & extensive regional slate

Global streamer Disney+ has hired two new execs in Spain and Germany to head up original productions and unveiled a slate of 10 new European commissions. Sofía Fábregas has been named as VP of original productions in Iberia, while Entertainment One exec Benjamina Mirnik-Voges has been appointed to the same role in Germany. Both will […]

Canneseries postponed, will run alongside MIPCOM in October

French drama market Canneseries has been pushed back for the second year running and will now take place alongside MIPCOM in October. The fourth edition of the annual event was due to take place alongside MIPTV, from 9-14 April, but with ongoing concerns around the pandemic, it will instead be postponed to 8-13 October, when […]

MIPTV’s digital plans for 2021 revealed by Reed Midem

Reed Midem have unveiled plans for Digital MIPTV, moving the annual spring market online for a second year in a row. The event, now on its 58th edition, traditionally brings together distributors, producers, buyers and commissioners of drama, doc, kids, factual and formats programming in Cannes, France, for a week of business meetings, conferences and […]

AT&T CEO defends Warner Bros streaming move with HBO Max at 12.6 million subs

WarnerMedia’s big-budget SVOD HBO Max is at 12.6 million activated subscribers, AT&T CEO John Stankey has said. Speaking at the UBS Global TMT Virtual Conference, Stankey confirmed that it has added four million users to the streamer since AT&T reported its Q3 figures at the end of October. The company will reveal its year-end figures […]

Exclusive: MIPTV inches closer to Palais centralisation

Exhibitors at MIPTV could be relegated to just three floors inside the Palais in 2020 as organiser Reed Midem moves closer to finalising “drastic” plans for the future of the market. TBI has learnt that a large contingent from Reed Midem was called to London earlier this week for a major meeting at ITV Studios […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

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