ViacomCBS reveals territories & content plans for global streamer, ahead of 2021 launch

ViacomCBS has revealed more details about its expanded international streaming service, which is set to launch early next year. Teased for months by the media giant as a ‘super service’ streamer, the company used its quarterly earnings call to shine a light on a “broad pay” CBS All Access product, which will offer content from […]

Disney+ content chief exits to lead Condé Nast Entertainment

Disney+ SVP of content Agnes Chu is leaving the recently launched streamer to take up a new role heading up video at Condé Nast. Chu has been with the Mouse House for more than a decade but will depart later this summer to become president of the publisher’s studio arm Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), which […]

MIPCOM 2020 ‘will not have stands’ amid Palais des Festivals revamp

MIPCOM 2020 will not have exhibition stands in or around the Palais des Festivals, while organisers Reed Midem have also shifted kids show MIPJunior to run at the same time as the main event. The three-day event will also change its name to MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES, taking place from Monday to Wednesday, 12-14 October. MIPJunior, […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain, Kevin Smith link for ‘Green Hornet’; Planeta Junior takes ZAG stake; ‘Oddbods’ goes global

Kevin Smith & Wildbrain take flight with ‘The Green Hornet’ Children’s entertainment company Wildbrain has partnered with filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith to develop an animated series based on The Green Hornet superhero franchise. Smith is best known as the creator of the Jay and Silent Bob movie franchise, including films such as Clerks, Chasing […]

Sinking Ship names Ayesha Girgla to head distribution

Toronto-based prodco Sinking Ship Entertainment has appointed Ayesha Girgla as its new distribution manager. Girgla previously held corporate and commercial positions before moving into private practice, and is experienced in working in intellectual property, specifically in trademark, copyright infringement and social media law. She will report directly to the heads of sales and distribution, Marilyn […]

Chinese streamer iQiyi unveils international expansion plans

Chinese streamer iQiyi has revealed its plans for international expansion following the 2019 worldwide roll-out of its app. Yang Xianghua, president of membership and overseas business group of iQiyi, said that the company is in the process of setting up local offices in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. In addition, he said that there […]

Exclusive: Argonon CEO hits out at UK government for insurance delay

Argonon CEO James Burstall has said that delays in launching the UK’s £500m ($650m) insurance production fund were a “tragic missed opportunity” that cost jobs, adding that the UK government has a “lack of belief” in the country’s creative industries. Burstall – whose UK- and US-based group includes Masked Singer producer Bandicoot, factual outfit Windfall […]

BBC Studios appoints interim CEO ahead of Tim Davie departure

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed its CFO Tom Fussell to become interim CEO from 1 September, when Tim Davie becomes BBC director-general. Fussell will lead BBCS on a temporary basis until the next CEO is installed, with the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm currently in a recruitment drive for candidates. He has been CFO since […]

UK TV industry welcomes $650m Covid-19 insurance fund

UK producers and broadcasters have welcomed a long-awaited £500m ($650m) government-backed scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get Covid-19 related insurance. The announcement from the UK’s chancellor Rishi Sunak and minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden is expected to kickstart productions worth upwards of £1bn, with […]

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