YouLook CEO David Smyth steps down from nascent AVOD streamer

Former 20th Century Fox and Sky exec David Smyth has stepped down as CEO at UK-based AVOD streamer YouLook. Smyth founded and launched the company last year with ex-Northern Shell and MCap executive Jason Mawer, who became CCO. YouLook then launched in 2021 and consists of 15 specially-created VOD channels in different genres, including sport, […]

Globo chief Jorge Nóbrega replaced by channels boss Paulo Marinho & João Roberto Marinho

Brazilian giant Globo has restructured its top execs, with executive president Jorge Nóbrega set to step down. Nóbrega, who has led Grupo Globo and its broadcaster/streamer operations since 2017, will be replaced by president of the board João Roberto Marinho, who becomes executive president of the group. Channels boss Paulo Marinho, who has been in […]

Netflix & UNESCO launch African short film competition

Netflix has partnered with UNESCO to launch a short film competition based around the reimagining of African folktales, for entrants across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition, which is titled African Folktales, Reimagined, will receive training and mentoring from industry professionals, as well as a $75,000 production budget to create short films that will debut […]

Israel’s Hop! & YLE buy from Russia’s ‘Claymotions’ prodco SMF Studio

Broadcasters and distributors in the Middle East, Europe, the Baltics and China have picked up animated children’s content produced by Russia’s SMF Studio, following a slew of deals struck at MIPCOM. Claymotions distributor Jetpack inked agreements with Israel’s Hop!, while SMF Studio has also partnered with Finnish broadcaster YLE to distribute the show in the […]

Keshet’s Tresor strikes exclusive first-look format deal with MGM in Germany

Keshet’s German producer Tresor has struck an exclusive first-look deal with MGM Television’s global formats division for non-scripted formats. The one-year agreement, effective from this month, will give Tresor an exclusive window on all new non-scripted formats in MGM’s global formats catalogue. It expands the companies’ existing relationship that saw them collaborate on taking MGM’s […]

Discovery+ teams with Kesha & Carole Baskin for unscripted shows

Discovery+ is launching three new unscripted projects led by celebrity names, including pop star Kesha, model Kendra Wilkinson and Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin. The streamer has greenlit Conjuring Kesha (working title), a 6 x 60-minute supernatural series, produced by Grandma’s House Entertainment, following the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter as she delves deep into the unexplained, joined […]

UK factual outfit Barcroft rejigs execs & rebrands as Future Studios

UK factual outfit Barcroft Studios has rebranded as Future Studios and upped Al Brown to VP. Brown is now responsible for overseeing internal development and commissioning and distribution at the company. He previously oversaw its factual output for Channel 4’s True Stories brand as executive producer, reporting into CCO John Farrar, who took the helm earlier this year. […]

NBCU ups marketing exec Margaret Walker to drive audience growth

NBCUniversal Television and Streaming has promoted digital marketing executive Margaret Walker to SVP of audience acquisition and growth for the company’s entertainment and sports divisions. In her new role, Walker will oversee all digital platform programming and priority management and work to drive digital revenue, acquisition and engagement across entertainment – which includes NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids and USA – as well as […]

Kids round-up: Peacock & Hulu catch ‘Dragons’ spin-off; Nick India launches original; SPI Int’l takes ‘Smurfs’ digital rights

Peacock & Hulu catch ‘Dragons’ spin-off NBCUniversal-owned Peacock and Disney’s Hulu have both picked up Dragons: The Nine Realms, the latest spinoff in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise from DreamWorks Animation. The CG-animated series will debut simultaneously on both US streaming services on 23 December, with the 6 x 22-minute series set 1,300 years after the events […]

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