Asian streamer ZEE5 opens up on Bangladeshi expansion

Asian streamer ZEE5 has unveiled plans for its expansion into Bangladesh. The focus will be on original content, with the launch of ZEE5’s first Bangladeshi originals to be released in 2020. Both romantic film Jodi… Kintu… Tobuo and crime series Contract will be produced with local production house Asiatic’s Good Company, with a local cast. […]

Kids streamer Hopster lands in Africa

Kids streamer Hopster has launched in Africa, in partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom and Congolese telco MTN. The launch, which is in partnership with mobile provider AfrikaStream, will offer brands such as Pingu and Peppa Pig as well as Nigerian series Bino and Fino, plus other localised content. Nick Walters, founder and CEO at Hopster […]

NBCU unveils plans for Peacock, including launch date, originals, cost

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

BBC confirms plans to move thousands of staff out of London

The BBC has confirmed plans to move at least two thirds of its staff outside of London by 2027. Director general Tony Hall spoke to staff on Wednesday, and confirmed the plans he alluded to in a Financial Times column from the previous weekend. Currently, 48% of the BBC’s 19,000 workforce is based in London. […]

Kids round-up: Jim Henson expands Anna Moorefield’s remit; Israel’s Nutz to shoot ‘Sky’

Jim Henson’s Moorefield gets bigger remit The Jim Henson Company has expanded the responsibilities of its VP of global distribution, Anna Moorefield. She will now head all content distribution strategies for the company across all platforms, with responsibility for sales of all media across TV, cable, home video, and theatrical in all territories. Moorefield is […]

Endemol Shine France chief operating officer steps down to join Mediawan

Endemol Shine France’s chief operating officer Delphine Cazaux is stepping down from her position to join French media group Mediawan. Cazaux took up the position at ESG’s French division in 2017, after the group’s subsidiaries in the country finally combined forces almost three years after Endemol and Shine completed their own merger. She will become […]

Disney+ secures ‘unprecedented’ 30 million downloads in fourth quarter

The Disney+ app was downloaded more than 30 million times in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to recently revealed figures. According to a new report from mobile app store marketing firm Sensor Tower, Disney+ became the most downloaded app in the US for Q4 with a total of 31 million downloads across Apple’s App […]

BBCS names Nick Percy to head merged distribution in Europe

BBC Studios has consolidated its distribution operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nick Percy will head up the merged division – previously split into Western Europe and CEMA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa) – in the newly created role of EVP for EMEA. Percy, who takes up the role from […]

BBC could move 3,000 jobs out of London by 2027

The BBC has pledged to make two-thirds of its roles based outside of London by 2027. BBC director general Tony Hall said that the BBC “can do more for Britain than ever” and argued that the broadcaster should be better representative of the country as a whole. Writing in the Financial Times, he said: “A […]

BBC Studios names chief marketing officer

BBC Studios has re-appointed Nicki Sheard to oversee all marketing for the UK-based organisation. Sheard becomes chief marketing officer at the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm and will set the global marketing strategy for the company and its brands, including Doctor Who, Top Gear and Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars. She will also lead […]