Turner CEO to depart amid AT&T merger

Turner CEO John Martin is to depart the company as AT&T completes its $85bn acquisition of Time Warner. The news was revealed by AT&T Entertainment boss John Stankey in a company memo to staff. He said: “You’ll note that we have changed how Turner is organised given that John Martin will no longer be with […]

HBO greenlights diversity doc from Whitney prodco

HBO has greenlit Storm Over Brooklyn, the winning project from the Feature Documentary Initiative created by the Whitney prodco Lightbox and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Storm Over Brooklyn is a feature documentary, directed by Muta’Ali (pictured), which tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black American teenager who was shot and murdered after […]

Amazon inks first look TV deal with Nicole Kidman

Amazon Studios has signed a first look deal with Oscar winner, Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and her prodco, Blossom Films, for film, television series, and digital content. The companies will work together to develop original series that will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime globally, as well as movies that will have a cinema release. Blossom […]

Netflix original series director exits

Netflix director of original programming Tara Duncan has departed the company, according to reports. The former AMC, HBO and BET exec departed the company this month after four years with Netflix, as first reported by Deadline. Duncan becomes the second Netflix senior staffer to depart this week, joining development exec Layne Eskridge who departed for […]

AT&T finalises $85bn acquisition of Time Warner

AT&T has finalised an $85 (£60.34bn) billion acquisition of Time Warner, after a US federal judge ruled that the deal would be legal earlier this week. The move has been on hold for a near seven months, after the Trump administration blocked it. The administration argued that a merger between the companies would harm consumers. […]

TV4 Entertainment launch indie TV & Film Studio

TV4 Entertainment, the Warner Bros. and Sky-invested OTT producer, has launched Concrete Club, an independent original content studio. The genre-based studio will develop, produce and distribute feature films and television series targeting underserved, global audiences on all screens. The new studio is an extension of TV4 Entertainment’s portfolio of genre-based lifestyle, entertainment and sports over-the-top […]

French broadcasters combine forces in major OTT TV plan

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 Group and public broadcaster France Televisions have teamed up to launch a joint national OTT TV platform, Salto. The trio plan to launch a joint offering with a variety of programming genres including news and debate, magazine programmes, special events, sports, entertainment and French homegrown drama as well as […]

Vodafone Spain boosts TV offering with AXN Now and new packages

Vodafone Spain has boosted its on-demand TV offering by integrating AXN Now, the Sony Pictures Television Networks video-on-demand service with over 1,000 hours of content a year available, including some in 4K UHD. The cable and mobile operator has also unveiled new packages centred around movies and series. From next Monday Vodafone One TV customers […]

Indie producer MY Entertainment appoints Sechrist to senior role

MY Entertainment has appointed former Discovery executive Jon Sechrist to the newly created position of executive VP of production, development and strategy. In his new role, Sechrist will be responsible for developing new programming and strategy, building on MY Entertainment’s ratings success with titles including Ghost Adventures, Pros Vs Joes, Breaking Borders and Baggage Battles. Sechrist, […]

Apple greenlights cub reporter murder mystery series

Apple’s expansion into the scripted TV business has continued with a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a show based on the real-life story of 12-year-old self-styled reporter Hilde Lysiak. The series follows the girl’s investigation of a cold case, which she eventually solves despite her local community’s desire to cover it up. The drama is being […]