A+E Networks & Viaplay stock up on factual in global Beyond Rights deals

A+E Networks, Viaplay and Bravo are among global broadcasters to have acquired a range of unscripted content following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. RTI Mediaset in Italy and Canal D for French Canada have both picked up End Of The Rope, a 6 x 60-minute obs-doc series from Big Coat Media about the high-octane world […]

Nature streamer WaterBear names co-CEO in leadership restructure

Environmental streaming service WaterBear has promoted Sam Sutaria to co-CEO, ahead of him taking on the role in full, as part of a restructure of its executive leadership team. The moves also see Poppy Mason-Watts named chief growth and impact officer, while Louis Botha becomes CFO. Former Deloitte consultant Jonny Siskind has also been named […]

Chatterbox Media appoints head of development

UK factual prodco Chatterbox Media has promoted Ellie Sabine-Singh to head of development.  In this new role, Sabine-Singh will lead the company’s push to further engage with local networks as well as SVODs and broadcasters worldwide. She will take up the post on 22 August, joining the senior management team of co-founders and creative directors, […]

UK’s Sensethefuture Pictures hires BBC alum for unscripted growth

Former BBC commissioning editor Nick Shearman has joined London-based unscripted prodco Sensethefuture Pictures as an executive producer on an “ad hoc basis.” Shearman, whose credits as a commissioner include The London Markets, Bruce Parry’s Arctic and Nature’s Microworlds, will work with the firm to help enable its growth. In 2019, Shearman joined Cardiff-based indie Wildflame […]

A+E’s Crime+Investigation Play to roll out UK DTC service

A+E Networks EMEA will next month roll out its existing Crime+Investigation Play channel as a new UK direct-to-consumer streaming service dedicated to true crime content. Debuting in 2019, Crime+Investigation Play is currently available via Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV Channels in the UK, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The new launch on 5 […]

Andy Kaplan & George Chien’s KC Global expands AXN, Animax reach in Asia

KC Global Media Entertainment, the company launched by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) alums Andy Kaplan and George Chien, has expanded its footprint in Asia via a deal with Bomanbridge Media and media outfit Mobicom. The multi-year pact will see KC’s channels AXN Asia and Animax become available to Mobicom customers, providing access to movies such […]

WBD unveils top team in Germany, with Discovery veteran departing

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has unveiled its new-look team in Germany, with veteran exec Alberto Horta among those to depart. Horta had been VP of commercial development at WBD and led distribution, advertising and digital operations, as well as managing Germany’s Tele 5 channel. He had been with Discovery for 15 years, initially working for […]

News round-up: Freida reveals Michael Stevenson doc; HBO preps Mendes & Iannucci comedy; Ryan Reynolds’ FuboTV deal

Freida reveals Michael Stevenson doc Freida Films, the London-based prodco launched in 2020 by Amelia O’Loughlin, has started production on its first feature length documentary. An Ode To Cinema is being produced in association with 21 Filmworks and will document the life of industry veteran Michael Stevenson. It will feature Stevenson as he shares untold, behind-the-scenes-stories […]

OSN & BBC among MENA deals for TVF International

Middle East broadcaster OSN and BBC News Arabic are among buyers of shows from TVF International. Pan MENA news network BBC News Arabic picked up factual titles including Disease Hunters and the BBC-commissioned series Super Tunnel, as well as Lost Pyramids Of The Aztecs and long-running travel series No Luggage. OSN licensed titles including My Perfect Family from […]

WBD to launch merged streamer in 2023, details HBO boost & DC strategy

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has set a summer 2023 launch for its combined DTC streamer, shared plans to “double down” on HBO and revealed a 10-year plan for the DC superhero brand, in its first post-merger earnings call. The company posted $9.8bn revenues in its Q2 financial results yesterday, with shares dropping by up to […]

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