WBD’s JB Perrette outlines Max’s global roll-out strategy

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD)’s streaming chief JB Perrette has outlined how the company is approaching the global roll-out of Max, admitting that partnerships will beat a rigid direct-to-consumer approach in some markets. WBD’s rebranded version of HBO Max was launched in the US this summer and is now set to roll out in Latin America […]

ITVX investigates online true crime with ‘TikTok: Murders Gone Viral’

UK streamer ITVX has commissioned TikTok: Murders Gone Viral, a new true crime series exploring three murder cases that were followed widespread on the social media app. The 3 x 60-minute series features exclusive access to the families of the victims and other key contributors in the story of 24-year-old TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari from […]

Dawn Airey, Nigel Hall & Russ Lindsay launch prodco Moon&Back, with Asylum backing

Veteran UK executives Dawn Airey, Nigel Hall and Russ Lindsay have launched Moon&Back Media, a new, London-based unscripted production company, with backing from Endeavor-owned Asylum Entertainment Group. Airey was the first director of programmes for Channel 5 and has also held roles as the control of arts & ents at Channel 4; MD of Sky […]

A+E Networks names veteran Mark Garner to lead global FAST channel push

A+E Networks has named veteran exec Mark Garner to the newly created position of EVP & head of global FAST channels, as the company looks to bolster its operations. Garner, who has been at A+E for 23 years, will accelerate the Disney and Hearst-owned company’s FAST business internationally and extend its reach in the US. […]

BBCS-owned Voltage TV hires ‘Tinder Swindler’ exec to head up documentaries

BBC Studios-owned unscripted label Voltage TV has appointed Sam Starbuck, exec producer of The Tinder Swindler, to the new role of creative director for documentaries. Starbuck will join the Inside The Factory outfit in October, arriving from Dorothy St Pictures, where she serves as SVP of documentaries. Her credits there include Disney+ docuseries Coleen Rooney: […]

Rainmaker strikes content & channels distribution pact with EW Scripps

UK distributor Rainmaker Content has inked a deal with The EW Scripps Company to represent its original programming and networks outside of the US. The new relationship marks the first time that Scripps has partnered with a third party to distribute selected channels, such as Court TV, Court TV: Legendary Trials and Scripps News, whilst […]

ZDF, Arte exec Martin Pieper joins Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Film Production

ZDF and Arte documentary veteran Martin Pieper is leaving the broadcasters to join Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Film Production. Pieper starts as international producer on 1 October at the prodco, which was founded in 2000 and is behind Sky’s docuseries Juan Carlos – Downfall Of The King. He was most recently leading the culture and science […]

BBC hires Dragonfly’s Tom Pullen as commissioning editor

Dragonfly’s head of documentaries, Tom Pullen, has left the Banijay-owned firm to become a commissioning editor at the BBC. Pullen will start working with Clare Sillery’s docs team from 6 November, having spent six years at Dragonfly where he worked on shows including factual drama Then Barbara Met Alan for the BBC and Netflix. Other […]

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