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Comcast makes rival £22bn cash bid for Sky

Comcast has made a firm cash offer for Sky that values the pay TV operator at £22 billion (€25 billion), with a commitment to maintain annual expenditure on Sky News for at least 10 years and to establish an independent editorial board for the channel. The announcement, which accompanied Comcast’s Q1 results, puts the US […]

Parable moves to TV with first VR original for C4

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield […]

BBC Studios secures volume sales deal with HOOQ India

BBC Studios and Asian SVOD platform HOOQ have agreed a content deal that will give Indian viewers access to nearly 200 hours of BBC drama including Luther, Maigret and Wolf Hall. HOOQ is a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros and Singapore’s Singtel, which currently has services in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand […]

Viacom launches Nick Jr on Indonesian mobile platform

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is joining forces with Indonesia’s leading mobile operator Telkomsel to launch Nick Jr. in the Southeast Asian country. The deal marks VIMN’s first linear channel deal with a mobile partner in Indonesia. The preschool linear channel will be available in English and Bahasa Indonesia and follows a previous deal that […]

Netflix orders reboot of Maupin’s Tales Of The City

SVOD platform Netflix has greenlit a new TV version of Tales Of The City, Armistead Maupin’s classic series of novels about life in San Francisco, with its particular emphasis on the LBTQ+ community. The show will be a 10-part limited series produced by Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios. The showrunner and writer of […]

TV still most popular pastime for children, says Futuresource

Watching television remains the activity that children aged three to 16 dedicate the most time to, according to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Kids Tech Consumer Survey. Across the surveyed countries – which included the UK, France, Germany, US, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil – kids were found to spend an average of 4.8 hours […]

Netflix ordered more sci-fi after genre hits, says Ampere

Science fiction and fantasy has become the most popular genre among Netflix subscribers and this preference is being reflected by Netflix’s commissioning behaviour, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm said that following the success of flagship series like Stranger Things, sci-fi and fantasy was the most popular genre on Netflix as of Q1 2018 with […]

Ink Factory hires ex-Zodiak CEO Rod Henwood

Indie studio The Ink Factory has appointed industry heavyweight and former Zodiak UK boss Rod Henwood as its first chief strategy officer. Henwood will be responsible for strategy, partnerships, story-world development and marketing. He will also take a seat on Ink Factory’s board of directors. Former CEO of Zodiak in the UK, Benelux and India, […]

Authentic & Kronicle ink unscripted deal

Authentic Entertainment is partnering with Kronicle Media to develop and produce character driven content about women. The deal will solidify collaboration on both documentary and unscripted projects. Authentic, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, is the production company behind unscripted hits such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Kronicle was formed last year by […]

Sony & Komixx ink deal for young adult content

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Komixx Entertainment have signed a multi-project deal to co-develop and co-produce author-based IP for young adult audiences. The collaboration marks SPT’s first move into young adult content. It will look to develop Komixx’s extensive portfolio of IP optioned from young-adult authors worldwide. The portfolio includes thriller novel Captured by Kelly Anne […]

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