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Xumo claims 325% increase in viewership

US over-the-top video service Xumo reported a 325% rise in viewership and a 90% increase in user consumption over the past year for its free streaming service. At the same time the company announced four new content partnerships with Eleven Sports, ATTN:, Endemol Shine Group, and Genius Brands. These deals add six new channels to […]

Netflix inks multi-year deal with Kenya Barris

Netflix has entered a multi-year overall deal with Black-ish writer and producer Kenya Barris to produce new series exclusively on the platform. Under the deal, Barris will write and executive produce all projects through his production company Khalaboo Ink Society. It was not stated how much the streamer has brought Barris on board for. Barris […]

TNT orders The Alienist sequel

TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to best-selling author Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. The Alienist TV series has reached more than 50 million people across platforms, according to TNT. It has also earned six Emmy Award nominations, including outstanding limited series. The title is a turn-of-the-century […]

BBC to develop AI that helps programme makers and schedulers

The BBC’s research and development department (BBC R&D) is developing Artificial Intelligence to help programme makers and schedulers unlock valuable resources from its extensive library. The news arrived as BBC 4.1 Artificial Intelligence TV brings two nights of experiential programming including a series part-made by AI on September 4 and 5. There will be new […]

Ovation readies for OTT growth with senior promotions

Ovation has promoted several key executives in advance of the expansion of its OTT services and new programming initiatives. The move comes at a pivotal time in the network’s evolution, as it builds on its linear channel’s success with premium arts-focused drama series like the upcoming season three premiere of Versailles, as well as continued […]

Vice and Canada’s Bell Media strike content pact

Vice Media and Bell Media have paired for a ‘long-term, far-reaching’ agreement to bring Vice programming to Canadian viewers. Through the agreement, Bell Media will become the exclusive Canadian broadcast home to new original programming from Vice’s US linear network, Viceland, along with hundreds of hours of library Vice programming, all debuting on multiple Bell […]

Netflix set to premiere Colombian original Wild District

Netflix is set to premiere new Colombian original Wild District, starring Narcos’ Juan Pablo Raba, on October 19th. The ten-part series will become available to members in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Wild District follows Jhon Jeiver (Raba), a lethal guerilla fighter who escapes the jungle after the signing of the Colombian Peace […]

Facebook acquires video startup Vidpresso

Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant. In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the […]

Disney must offer £14 a share for Sky, says UK’s takeover body

The UK’s Takeover Panel has confirmed that Disney must offer at least £14 a share for Sky if its upcoming acquisition of Fox assets is completed. If Disney completes a deal to by 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, which includes a 39% stake in Sky, it will be forced to make an offer […]

India’s Tata Sky picks up Keshet’s Prisoners of War

Indian distribution platform Tata Sky has picked up Keshet International’s drama series Prisoners of War. Keshet claims this is India’s first deal for a Hebrew language series. Prisoners of War, the title that inspired Homeland, is a drama about three Israeli soldiers who were captured 17 years ago while on a secret mission. Originally commissioned by […]

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