Warner Media’s HBO Max strikes rich deal for ‘The Big Bang Theory’

WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer HBO Max has snapped up exclusive rights to hit comedy The Big Bang Theory after striking a deal with sibling studio Warner Bros. HBO Max has struck a five-year agreement that will see all 12 seasons of the series, totalling 279 episodes, become available on the streamer from its launch in spring […]

BBC Studios names Netflix alum to head up LA production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed former Netflix exec Rob Smith as general manager of its production business in LA. His remit includes overseeing all creative and business responsibilities for the production arm in LA, as well as exploring new opportunities for the division and collaborating with BBCS’s UK operations on format initiatives. He takes up […]

NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

Deals round-up: Back2Back gets wedding & shipping orders; BBCS’s first format deal in Lithuania; Banijay goes shopping

Back2Back’s wedding show sells to Seven, Mega Shippers extended Australia’s Seven Network has ordered a new eight-part factual series from UK prodco back2back Productions, in a deal brokered by UK sales and co-production agency Drive. Outrageous Weddings uses clips and professional videographer wedding footage to explore comical and catastrophic weddings, with Passion Distribution selling globally. […]

Exclusive: ‘Hollywood Game Night’ producer developing ‘Come To Bed’ for Quibi

Hollywood Game Night producer Mission Control Media is developing a US adaptation of Israeli format Come To Bed for Quibi, TBI understands. The project is in the works for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s premium short-form platform, which is to launch on 6 April and counts Disney, Viacom, WarnerMedia and BBC Studios as investors. Created by Israeli journalist […]

Endeavor looks to raise $700m ahead of Autumn flotation

Hollywood agency Endeavor, whose distribution arm is behind shows such as Killing Eve and The Night Manager, could raise around $700m through its initial public offering (IPO) set for this autumn. The flotation could value Endeavor at around $8bn, with just under 20 million shares expected to be made available, priced at between $30 and […]

BritBox president: “We didn’t consider advertising”

BritBox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriraman said on an IBC panel that was discussing the differences between AVODs and SVODs. She added that, “Our idea all along is that we wanted to offer the audience something complete” and that a […]

Quintus Media hires trio of execs to grow digital operations

German distribution and media agency Quintus Media has appointed a trio of execs to grow the business’s digital operations. Former BBC Studios exec Lena Müller joins as head of acquisitions, responsible for growing the company’s digital content library. She previously worked for the commercial arm of the BBC as a co-production manager for Western Europe […]

Netflix taps Piv Bernth’s prodco for Danish podcast drama, strikes Canal+ deal

Netflix has greenlit an adaptation of acclaimed podcast Equinox 1985 that will be produced by Apple Tree Productions, the ITV Studios-backed company founded by former DR drama chief Piv Bernth. Equinox is a six-part series that will be created by Tea Lindeburg, produced by Dorte Riis Lauridsen and exec produced by Bernth, who was behind […]

Barcroft Studios appoints commercial head for branded content drive

Barcroft Studios has hired a commercial head as it looks to expand branded content production and distribution.   Jungle Creations exec Mitch Strong has joined the business as head of commercial, tasked with developing brand partnerships across the company’s portfolio of digital series with extensive and loyal audiences. To date, Barcroft Studios has produced branded […]