Tubi preps first original adult animation with time-travelling ‘Freak Brothers’

Fox-owned AVOD streamer Tubi has unveiled its first original adult animated series, which is based on a cult classic underground comic series. The Freak Brothers has been produced by US-based WTG Enterprises and is based on Gilbert Shelton’s The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. It chronicles the escapades of a trio of stoner anti-establishment characters and […]

ZDF Enterprises takes stake in ‘Unorthodox’ producer Real Film

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises has acquired a 49% stake in producer Real Film. The company, which is a subsidiary of Studio Hamburg, is behind programming including Netflix drams Unorthodox and ZDF crime series Against Angst. The purchase, which is currently awaiting approval from the German antitrust authorities, expands upon ZDF Enterprises’ and Studio Hamburg’s existing non-fiction […]

‘Squid Game’ powers Netflix in Q3, taking subs to more than 213 million

The phenomenal success of Korean thriller series Squid Game helped Netflix to beat forecasts for Q3. The company recovered from two consecutive underwhelming quarters to add 4.38 million paid subscribers for a total of 213.6 million worldwide. This surpassed internal projections of 3.5 million additions, with almost half of the new adds coming from APAC. […]

Exclusive: Duolingo hires PBS Kids chief Linda Simensky in originals push

Veteran children’s TV executive Linda Simensky has left US broadcaster PBS to lead animation and scripted content at Duolingo, TBI has learned. Simensky is taking up the new role of head of animation & scripted content at the fast-growing language-learning company, with a remit to create scripted and character-driven stories featuring the company’s characters. She […]

HBO Max hires Canal+ exec Vera Peltekian for French originals

WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has hired veteran Canal+ exec Vera Peltekian as VP and commissioning editor of originals production for France. Peltekian will join the SVOD next month and will be based in Paris, where she will be part of the streamer’s pan-regional team responsible for commissioning and producing content across a range of scripted […]

Asacha names All3 Int’l alum Maria Ishak to lead global content & co-pros

Producer and distributor outfit Asacha Media Group (AMG) has hired All3Media International’s Maria Ishak to lead its global content and co-production efforts. Ishak has been named head of international content & co-productions at AMG, reporting into co-CEO’s Marina Williams and Gaspard de Chavagnac from both Paris and London. She will lead co-production and co-funding opportunities […]

Discovery signs multi-platform content deal with ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten

Discovery has inked an exclusive multi-year deal with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, to create content across all the company’s platforms. The new deal expands beyond Garten’s existing Barefoot Contessa franchise, with projects in the works for streaming, linear and podcasts. Her first project under the deal is Be My Guest (working title), a new […]

Gaumont inks multi-project deal with Armando Bó’s About Entertainment

Gaumont has expanded its relationship with Armando Bó and his About Entertainment, with plans to develop both series and films across multiple genres and languages for global audiences. The development and production deal comes following their collaboration on the dramedy El Presidente, which is executive produced, written, directed and showrun by Bó, who formed About […]