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 […]

Showmax boosts Nigerian reality offering with ‘Real Housewives’ commission

African streaming service Showmax has commissioned The Real Housewives Of Lagos, the first Nigerian instalment of the international reality format. The series is being produced by Livespot 360 for a debut on the streamer in early 2022 as a Showmax Original, and will join The Real Housewives Of Durban, from Let It Rain Films, which […]

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 […]

Canale 5 orders Italian version of Banijay format ‘Star In The Star’

Italian FTA channel Canale 5 has ordered a local version of musical entertainment format Star In The Star from Banijay Italia. The primetime commission marks the first international adaptation of the show, which was originally created by Banijay Germany’s Brainpool and first aired on RTL in 2020. The series will be hosted in Italy by […]

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 […]

‘Masked Singer UK’ prodco Bandicoot hires BBCS, Renowned & Cactus execs

The Masked Singer UK producer Bandicoot TV has appointed former BBC Studios, Renowned Films and Cactus TV execs as it looks to expand its operations domestically and in the US. James Lessell has been named head of entertainment, with a remit to seek new UK formats and content. He will oversee all new UK entertainment […]

Former ViacomCBS Int’l duo launch sports-focused factual outfit, Collective Media Group

Former ViacomCBS International execs Claire McArdle and Rebecca Knight have teamed up to launch Collective Media Group, a new factual production company with a focus on sports storytelling. McArdle and Knight will act as co-CEOs of the new privately-backed venture, which will develop, produce and distribute original content across high-end factual series, as well as […]

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