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New ‘Star Trek’ series voyages to Canada with Bell

Bell Media has acquired Canadian rights from CBS Studios International to the new Star Trek series focusing on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard character. News of the Canadian deal follows an announcement earlier this week that Amazon has taken international rights to the show in more than 200 territories outside the US and Canada. The new, […]

AT&T boss: WarnerMedia will take back ‘Friends’ for its SVOD

AT&T boss Randall Stephenson has said that the business will pull back titles such as Friends and The Big Bang Theory for its own platforms in the near future.  Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston on Tuesday (14 May), the exec highlighted that WarnerMedia’s “key video product” will be integral in driving revenue […]

Disney to take full control of Hulu in five years

Disney has agreed a deal with Comcast to take full control of Hulu — in 2024.  The Mouse House revealed this afternoon (14 May) that it will assume full operational control of the Handmaid’s Tale streamer, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Under […]

Red Arrow racks up ‘Slender Man’ sales

Red Arrow Studios International has closed a number of international sales for true crime documentary Slender Man: The Untold Story. The 1 x 120-minute documentary, about a fictional internet character who drove two girls to kill, has been acquired by Nine Network in Australia, SVT in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, VTM in Belgium and RTS for French-speaking Switzerland. […]

Upfronts 2019: All 35 pick-ups broken down

  This year’s Upfronts have so far yielded 35 series pick-ups across the big four networks and The CW. TBI has broken out the dramas and comedies ordered across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW, along with the studios and producers attached.  Overall, ABC Studios has 6 pick-ups, while 20th Century Fox Television has 8 bringing […]

Apple TV app launches in more than 100 countries

Apple has launched its redesigned TV app, making it possible for consumers to subscribe in one place to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel and EPIX. The update, which was first announced at an Apple event in March, is now available in over 100 countries. Apple said more channels would be added over […]

Scott Brothers Entertainment buys production rights to ‘Property Brothers’ franchise

Scott Brothers Entertainment, the production company owned by Property Brothers’ twin presenters Drew and Jonathan Scott, has bought the rights to the franchise after striking a new IP deal with Cineflix Media.  Scott Brothers Entertainment is taking on producing rights for all future Property Brothers projects, which was previously produced by Cineflix Productions. However, Cineflix Rights will have an ongoing […]

HBO readies two-hour ‘Game Of Thrones’ documentary

HBO is readying a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes on the final series of Game Of Thrones.  The WarnerMedia-owned channel released a 70-second trailer for the doc on Monday (13 May), teasing an air date of 26 May — a week on from next Sunday’s highly anticipated series finale. The 115-minute film — whose […]

MTV UK assembles Workerbee’s ‘Love Squad’

MTV UK has ordered a new dating show from Endemol Shine-owned prodco Workerbee in which a group of friends takes control of their single friend’s love life.  Love Squad (30 x 22 minutes), one single will look to their friends and family, known as the Love Squad, to try and find their perfect match in one night. […]

Amazon takes CBS All Access’ ‘Star Trek’ spin-off for global

Amazon Prime Video has picked up CBS All Access’ Star Trek spin-off on Captain Jean-Luc Picard for international.  The streaming giant has swooped in to buy global rights to the Patrick Stewart-fronted series for more than 200 countries and territories outside of the US and Canada. TBI understands that Amazon will also have streaming rights in […]