Starz launches Lionsgate Play into Malaysia as Asia expansion continues

US-based Starz has launched its direct-to-consumer streamer Lionsgate Play in Malaysia. The service, which debuted in India in 2019, will offer a library of Hollywood blockbusters, film franchises and first-to-Malaysia original series and box sets. Features include The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga and Now You See Me, as well as TV series such as […]

Canada’s CBC orders history of Black experience in new docuseries

CBC in Canada has greenlit an eight-part docuseries that aims to explore the history of the Black experience in Canada. Black Life: A Canadian History is from showrunner Leslie Norville and Northwood Entertainment’s Miranda de Pencier, with NHL star PK Subban and his Ugly Duck Productions onboard to executive produce. Joining Subban as exec producer […]

Netflix adds support to ScreenSkills UK unscripted talent fund

Netflix has become the latest industry player to support the Unscripted TV Skills Fund, set up by UK TV skills body ScreenSkills. The fund was launched in June this year to address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the UK and build a bigger pool of off-screen crew and talent in the nations […]

Fremantle’s Naked label hires Vice alum Tamara Howe to lead business development

Fremantle-owned UK label Naked has appointed former Vice exec Tamara Howe as director of commercial and operations. Howe, who was previously MD of international TV at Vice, will work closely with Naked MD Fatima Salaria to shape and deliver the company’s strategic plans, including leading on commercial business development, Overseeing day-to-day operations, Howe will work […]

Tencent Video boards ITVS natural history series

China’s Tencent Video has boarded UK-based ITV Studio’s upcoming natural history series A Year On Planet Earth as its latest international co-production partner. Tencent joins FOX Nation in US and ARD Group in Germany on the project, which was originally commissioned by ITV in the UK and is being produced by Plimsoll Productions, in association […]

BBC’s Tim Davie explores ‘ambition to flip’ BBCS sales into DTC streamer

The BBC and its commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) are facing “really big choices” over the “ambition” for direct-to-consumer streamers worldwide, according to Tim Davie. Davie last year switched from running BBCS to taking the top job at the BBC and has been vocal in his support for new streaming service launches as it seeks […]

C4’s CEO defends UK channel’s independence at tumultuous RTS Cambridge

Alex Mahon, the CEO of Channel 4, says there is “no data or evidence” that privatising the UK broadcaster would create a more diverse ecosystem, on a tumultuous day at RTS Cambridge. Mahon was speaking on stage shortly after it emerged that the UK government had replaced Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for digital, […]

Sky CEO on plans to become a ‘powerhouse creator’ & European expansion

Sky’s recently appointed CEO Dana Strong used her first public keynote today to underline plans to expand content production and increase reach across Europe. Strong, who replaced Jeremy Darroch in January, told The Royal Television Society (RTS)’s Cambridge Convention that it was “imperative” for Sky to expand its content creation strategy in the UK and […]

Westbrook Studios taps former Vice exec Jannat Gargi as documentary head

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studio’s has appointed former Vice Studios VP of documentaries, Jannat Gargi, as SVP and head of documentaries. Gargi, who joins the company at the end of the month will oversee development on its documentary slate and report to co-presidents Terence Carter and Jon Mone. Westbrook, which was launched […]

Investigation Discovery hands TV & podcast order for Arrow Media Ed Kemper docuseries

Discovery-owned pay-TV network Investigation Discovery has made a combined TV and podcast order, handing a commission to UK-based factual label Arrow Media for a three-part docuseries on serial killer Ed Kemper and 18 podcast episodes – both as part of its Mind Of A Monster brand. The 3 x 60-minute The Co-Ed Killer: Mind Of […]

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