BBC faces mounting pressure as British government looks to downsize broadcaster

The UK’s BBC is facing further doubts over its future after reports emerged that the British government had drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee and downsize the organisation. According to a report in The Sunday Times yesterday, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change […]

Viaplay strikes extended content deal with Disney in Nordics

Disney has struck an extended content deal with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), providing the latter’s streamer Viaplay and its pay TV channels with an array of shows from the Mouse House. The multi-year deal will see Viaplay and Viasat pay-TV channels gaining exclusive first-pay rights to films from 20th Century Studios in the Nordic […]

ViacomCBS prepares to launch new streamer, expanding All Access offering

ViacomCBS is preparing to bolster its OTT operations by launching a new streamer that will offer shows from its All Access SVOD as well as content from its array of cable networks. The streamer, which is likely to be available commercial free and ad-supported, will include Viacom brands such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain reveals management rejig; M6 and Canal+ partner on ‘Presto’; C5 extends Daisy & Ollie’

Wildbrain reveals management appointments Canadian producer and distributor Wildbrain has revamped its senior management team with a raft of new appointments. Former Universal Kids boss Deirdre Brennan becomes EVP of content partnerships,overseeing distribution and building on an advisor role she had with the company since last year. Michael Riley has been appointed chief brands officer […]

Chinese cookery format picked up in UK by Beezr Studios

Scottish prodco Beezr Studios has optioned a Chinese factual entertainment format about cookery. Little Chefs In The RV is from Guangdong Television and follows kids and their parents as they travel the country in campervans, learning along the way about food ingredients, farming, foraging and cooking. The idea was developed by producers of A Taste […]

Disney+ beats subscriber predictions, unveils India launch plans

Disney+ has hit 28.6 million subscribers in less than six months, the company has confirmed. The company’s first quarterly results since the streamer’s launch in five territories met recent estimations from analyst MoffettNathanson. Speaking on Disney’s Q1 2020 earnings call, CEO Bob Iger attributed Disney+’s success to “our incredible portfolio of great brands, the outstanding […]

ViacomCBS prepares Lat Am roll-out for Pluto TV

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is preparing to launch AVOD service Pluto TV in Latin America, with a wide range of content in Spanish and Portuguese. The free-to-view service will be made available in the region at the end of March and launch in Brazil by the end of 2020. The initial channel offering includes: Pluto […]

Disney expected to announce up to 30 million subs for Disney+

Disney is expected to reveal that recently launched streamer Disney+ has amassed up to 30 million subscribers when it announces its quarterly results on Tuesday. According to research firm MofettNathanson, the SVOD – which launched in five countries in November – has between up 25-30 million subscribers. One third of that number is expected to […]

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