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Amazon, Atresmedia team on Spanish comedy series

Amazon and Atresmedia Studios, Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia’s arm aimed to produce content for third-party operators, have teamed on Javier Veiga’s comedy series Pequeñas coincidencias  (Little Coincidences). The deal gives Amazon Prime Video world premiere and SVOD rights to offer the series before Atresmedia’s channels family releases it for the Spanish free-to-air TV market. Atresmedia Studios launched […]

Germany picks up Banijay’s All Against 1

Germany’s ProSieben has picked up Banijay Group’s interactive, studio-based entertainment format, All Against 1. Brainpool, a Banijay Group company, is producing a local version of the series for ProSieben. Known in Germany as Alle gegen Einen, the show will consist of four live episodes, which will broadcast later this year with Andreas Viek at the […]

BBC must ‘change faster’ to compete with global players, says Purnell

The BBC needs to “change faster” in order to reach more young people and compete against powerful online video and audio providers like Netflix and Spotify, according to James Purnell. Speaking at the EBU’s ‘Truth and Power’ conference this week, the BBC’s director of radio and education said that the BBC’s goal is not to […]

Over 85% of US millennials subscribe to OTT, says Parks

More than 85% of millennials in US broadband houses subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) video service from providers like Netflix or Amazon, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that more than 25% of millennials subscribe to three or more OTT services and more than 50% subscribe to at least two. “Overall […]

Blue Ant expands UK office with DRG exec

Blue Ant International is expanding its UK operations with the appointment of DRG’s Fleur Wheatley as international sales manager. Wheatley will oversee Blue Ant’s sales across the Middle East, Africa, Benelux, Greece and Israel. She will report to Alex Maldini, VP of international sales and acquisitions. The new exec arrives from Digital Rights Group (DRG), […]

Cheddar & Genius Brands to debut Warren Buffet kids’ series

Cable company Cheddar and Genius Brands International are set to launch Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, a kids’ series that will be made available across Cheddar’s OTT partners. The 26 half-hour episodes will be made available across Cheddar’s partners Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Philo and fuboTV. It will continue the series throughout 2018 and […]

Little Gem gains production and development heads

Little Gem has appointed former Lime Pictures exec Harriet Dormer as its new head of production and promoted Rachel Harris to the newly created role as head of development. The news arrives after the recent appointment of Kate Maddigan as its new head of entertainment. Dormer has freelanced as a production manager across a variety […]

MTV launches MTV Studios, revives Daria

MTV is launching MTV Studios, a new unit focused on developing new series and re-imaginations of its most iconic hits for partners across SVOD and linear. MTV Studios will develop and produce a full slate with a focus on beloved series, franchises and spin-offs that span MTV’s 35-year history. The initial slate will include a […]

Apple orders first international series from Canal +

Apple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal + French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network. The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing […]

ABC greenlights Roseanne spin-off

After ABC cancelled its popular revival Roseanne earlier this year, the broadcaster has made a straight-to-series order for a spin-off that is set to air this autumn. The ten-episode order of The Conners (WT) will revisit the family after a sudden turn of events, where they will be forced to face the daily struggles of […]

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