Amazon Prime hits back as HBO Max fights for carriage control

Amazon has hit out at HBO Max after the two companies failed to strike a deal enabling the recently launched streamer to be available via the retail giant’s Prime Video Channels service. HBO Max was rolled out in the US yesterday offering more than 10,000 hours of content from WarnerMedia-owned brands including Game Of Thrones […]

Exclusive: Rai, Asacha Media’s Stand By Me prep first Italian Covid-19 drama

Italian pubcaster Rai is preparing to air the first scripted series to be filmed and released during the Covid-19 pandemic, after linking up with Asacha Media Group’s prodco Stand By Me. A Coronavirus-themed special season of teen drama JAMS is in the works, which is being co-produced using new techniques to observe the new health […]

‘Fraggle Rock’ reboot headed to Apple

Apple has partnered with The Jim Henson Company to reboot the classic children’s ‘muppet’ series Fraggle Rock as a global Apple Original series for Apple TV+. Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original puppet (or rather, muppet) ‘stars’ – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and […]

Exclusive: AVOD streamers could offer ‘first window, exclusive’ potential

Almost a third of distributors believe advertising-funded (AVOD) streamers could become buyers of first window and exclusive rights to finished programming, according to the findings from a newly released survey. The Future Of TV Program Rights In An On-Demand World report, produced by analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, found that 32% of respondents believe AVOD […]

Mediaset España launches global SVOD service Mitele Plus

Mediaset España has launched an international version of its Mitele Plus subscription streaming service, offering a raft of Spanish and international drama, docusoaps, mini-series and gameshows. The Mitele Plus Basic package costs just €3 ($3.30) per month or €30 per year – considerably less than rivals including Netflix – and provides access to programmes from the […]

UK’s Kelebek Media to adapt popular ‘Isadora Moon’ children’s books

London-based indie production company Kelebek Media has secured the rights to author Harriet Muncaster’s children’s book series Isadora Moon. In a deal brokered by United Agents, Kelebek optioned all rights (excluding classic publishing) and plans to develop the property into a 52 x 11-minute 2D animated series. The books, which are published by Oxford University […]

ABC comedy ‘Schooled’ among five cancellations, with 13 renewed

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled five of its scripted series – including The Goldbergs‘ spin-off Schooled – and renewed 13 shows from its existing slate. Comedy series Schooled, from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, has been axed along with Bless This Mess and Single Parents, both from 20th Century Fox TV, the Disney-owned stablemate […]

Exclusive: TikTok hires former NBCU, Fremantle exec for European partnerships

Social media sensation TikTok has hired former NBCUniversal (NBCU) and Fremantle exec Dominic Burns to manage its partnerships across Europe. Burns, who is based out of London, becomes senior manager for the mobile video platform’s growing EU Content Partnerships team and will report to Harish Sarma, who leads the Global Content Partnerships division. TBI understands […]

ViacomCBS global distribution chief Armando Nuñez to step down

ViacomCBS’s global distribution and licensing boss Armando Nuñez is to step down next month in the latest senior executive change at the recently merged company. Dan Cohen, who was appointed president of global content licensing for ViacomCBS in December, will take on the remit of Nuñez, who is moving into an advisory role after more […]

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