TBI Tech & Analysis: Diving into Amazon’s unique streaming strategy

Amazon has been in the global streaming game for years but it has always trodden a slightly different path to some of its main competitors, particularly regarding localisation, as Omdia’s Ed Ludlow reveals.  Unlike other international streaming services, Amazon Prime Video’s catalogue offerings vary considerably from market to market. Indeed, research powerhouse Omdia has found that just 1.3% of […]

Deals round up: WildBear unveils MIPCOM slate; Cineflix explores ‘History of Sitcom’; Dandelooo picks up ‘Our Piggy’

WildBear unveils MIPCOM slate WildBear International, the distribution arm of Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, has unveiled its new slate of shows for MIPCOM. Among them are Gem Hunters Down Under (6 x 60-minutes), a new observational documentary series that follows the quest of five gem hunter crews as they face extreme weather, intense danger, […]

TF1 Group to name ex-Canal+ Group CEO Rudolph Belmer as chief

TF1 Group is set to appoint former Canal+ Group chief Rodolphe Belmer as its new CEO, in the latest development during a frenzied week of activity for the French media giant. The move will see Gilles Pélisson, chairman & current CEO at Newen owner TF1, stepping down from his role at the company, which earlier […]

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Norway chief Espen Skoland steps down

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)’s Norwegian chief, Espen Skoland, is stepping down following the recent reorganisation in the Nordics. Skoland, who oversaw Discovery’s operations in Norway prior to the merger with WarnerMedia, had a remit across channels such as TVNorge, as well as leading on communications in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He told Norwegian trade magazine Kampanje, which […]

Fox unveils global sales arm Fox Entertainment Global, Fernando Szew named CEO

Fox Entertainment is returning to international distribution with the formal launch of a new sales division, headed up by MarVista’s Fernando Szew. Fox Entertainment Global will be based out of Fox’s LA lot and monetise the company’s owned original programming and shows belonging to MarVista Entertainment, which it acquired in 2021, while third-party shows will […]

Thunderbird appoints Kidscreen alum as director of distribution sales

Canada’s Thunderbird Entertainment Group has appointed Kidscreen alum Nelson Huynh as director of distribution sales. In this newly created role, he will license Thunderbird’s animated and live-action kids series from Atomic Cartoons and primetime scripted series from Thunderbird to broadcasters, streamers and other media outlets with a focus on EMEA, Latin America and Asia. Reporting […]

Moonbug partners with MultiChoice for linear African channel launch

UK- and LA-based pre-school entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment is to launch a dedicated channel on the MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Moonbug Kids channel will launch in October and will include content from across the Moonbug portfolio. The pre-school service will be available to all 21.7 million DStv subscribers across 45 African […]

UK government ‘re-examining’ Channel 4 privatisation & BBC licence fee overhaul

The UK government has confirmed it is “re-examining the business case” around the privatisation of Channel 4, while also exploring proposed plans to scrap the BBC’s licence fee funding model. The reappraisal of the two key major decisions comes a month after Boris Johnson was formally replaced as prime minister by Liz Truss, who then […]

MIPCOM reveals attendee expectations & names Asian World Premiere

MIPCOM organiser RX France (fka Reed Midem) is preparing to welcome 10,000 producers, buyers, commissioners and creatives to France next month, as the industry returns en masse to Cannes for the first time since the pandemic. The 38th edition of the event, which runs 17-20 October, has more than 300 confirmed exhibiting studios and distributors, including A+E Networks, […]

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