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 […]

ViacomCBS appoints NBCUniversal’s George Cheeks as CBS president

ViacomCBS has appointed NBCUniversal (NBCU) Content Studios’ vice-chairman George Cheeks as president and CEO of CBS. Similar to his predecessor Joe Ianniello – who, the company notes, will “work with the company to ensure a smooth transition” – Cheeks will oversee all CBS-branded assets ranging from CBS Television Network to CBS Sports. He will also […]

Amazon Prime nears Netflix as it unveils 150 million Prime members

Amazon Prime now has 150 million members worldwide, the company has revealed in its quarterly results. The figure puts Amazon close to Netflix’s recently reported stat of 167 million users, which saw it expand subscribers internationally but miss out on expected growth in the US. Confirming the figures in its Q4 results, CEO Jeff Bezos […]

BBC scores record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams

The BBC on the UK has revealed another record-breaking feat for its iPlayer catch-up service, with the streamer ending 2019 with an “all-time record high” of 4.4 billion requests. December was the service’s best month ever, achieving 447 million requests in total. The debut episode of gangster drama Peaky Blinders’ fifth season was the most […]

UK’s ‘high-end’ TV production hits new record of $2.15bn

High-end TV production in the UK was up by almost a third in 2019, hitting a record level of £1.66bn ($2.16bn) according to new figures revealed today. The BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit report said production of shows such as Aisling Walsh’s Elizabeth Is Missing, Deadwater Fell and The Crown ensured spend over the past […]

Kids round up: Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights; Gibbs Smith, ThinkTank team for BabyLit

Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights Aardman has acquired distribution rights for Ukraine-based Glowberry’s new pre-school series, Brave Bunnies, created by Olga Cherepanova. The 52 x 7-min preschool series, currently in production with Anima Kitchent (Spain), follows a family of courageous and curious Bunnies as they seek adventure and exploration, travelling on their Bunny […]

Netflix acquires Chinese animated series ‘Scissor Seven’

Netflix has added to its growing animation offer, acquiring Chinese animated series Scissor Seven. The streamer has taken global rights to 24×14-min episodes, except for China. Scissor Seven is produced by Beijing-based AHA Entertainment, and is distributed by Ankama through its Planet Nemo by Ankama catalogue for kids and family content. Billed as a heart-warming […]

Exclusive: Brazilian streamer Globoplay preps launch in Europe, Asia

Brazilian media giant Globo is preparing to build on the recent launch of its streaming service Globoplay in the US by rolling out across Europe and Asia, TBI has learned. The SVOD service debuted with a fremium business model in Brazil in 2015 and has about 22 million users per month. It launched into the […]

Why Netflix’s new French office might have to play by new rules

Netflix’s launch of its new 40-employee-strong office in Paris last week and the unveiling of a raft of new local projects came amidst a reshaping of production obligations in France that could have extensive ramifications. Since its launch in the country in 2014, Netflix has developed 24 French shows, mostly series such as comedy Family […]

Exclusive: Endemol Shine’s sales rejig revealed, new Asia ‘MasterChef’ deal

Endemol Shine Group’s global sales division has rejigged the remits of its senior management team following the departure of long-serving CEO Cathy Payne. Endemol Shine International chief Payne confirmed plans to step down late last year, as revealed by TBI, with her remit now taken up by three existing senior execs. TBI understands ESI’s LA-based […]