ITV eyes ‘two waves’ of BritBox international roll-out

BritBox’s recently announced launch in up to 25 countries will take place in two waves and will enable ITV – which operates the streamer with BBC Studios – to deliver more value from its rights, according to Chris Kennedy, the commercial broadcaster’s chief financial officer. Speaking to analysts after ITV posted its half-year numbers last […]

Viaplay greenlights NENT Studios UK drama, with Dopamine & C4 onboard

Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen and former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston are linking up to star in a new drama for Nordic streamer Viaplay, which also has a Mexican partner and a UK broadcaster involved. Close To Me is an English-language psychological drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Amanda Reynolds. […]

WarnerMedia cuts jobs & restructures, with Bob Greenblatt & Kevin Reilly to exit

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia has become the latest US giant to overhaul its operations to focus on streaming, with some of its most senior execs set to depart. The major restructuring around HBO Max will see Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, departing along with Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max and president of TNT, […]

AMC Networks strikes talent deals to fuel expanding true crime offer

AMC Networks is preparing to ramp up its true crime offering by signing talent deals with a quartet of creatives. The US outfit has struck partnerships with Mona Chalabi (The Fix, Vagina Dispatches), Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Couples Therapy), Cameron Esposito (Queery, Take My Wife) and Jena Friedman (The Daily Show, Soft Focus) as it […]

SVODs leading the way with LGBT+ content

SVOD operators around the world are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content, according to new research from UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. A report from the group found that between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered movies or series with LGBT+ themes. Eighty percent of those commissions were destined for on-demand […]

Ava DuVernay to helm Twitter-inspired filmmaking series for HBO Max

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is to exec produce and narrate a new docuseries for HBO Max inspired by and named after the popular Twitter account One Perfect Shot. The original Twitter account celebrates iconic shots from films and TV shows, while each episode of this half-hour unscripted series will see one acclaimed director “pull back the […]

Argonon hires Story Street exec & launches US division to seek acquisitions

UK-based production group Argonon is opening a new division in the US to explore acquisition opportunities and has appointed an exec from Dance Moms prodco Story Street as part of its expansion strategy in the country. Argonon USA is being headed by the company’s founder and CEO James Burstall, supported by Shirley Escott, who was […]

ViacomCBS hires Cineflix Rights acquisitions exec to head VIS

ViacomCBS has appointed the VP of acquisitions at UK-based Cineflix Rights to head up Viacom International Studios (VIS), overseeing all development, production and commercial operations. Laffey, who becomes VP of VIS effective immediately, reports from her London office into Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of studios and streaming at ViacomCBS Networks International. She has direct oversight of […]

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