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AVOD streamer Tubi unveils plans for UK launch and kids service

AVOD service Tubi is to launch in the UK in 2020 and has unveiled plans to launch a dedicated children’s service around the world later this month. Farhad Massoudi, CEO at the fast-growing streamer, used his keynote speech at MIPCOM today to confirm that the company would expand into the UK early next year, with […]

Beta Film buys into Fisher King, launches Nordic Studios

Beta Film in Germany has taken a majority stake in Finnish film and TV production company Fisher King and launched Swedish-based Beta Nordic Studios (BNS). The group will serve as an umbrella for Beta’s production activities in Scandinavia, consisting of Finnish production company Fisher King (Nymphs, Bordertown) and Dramacorp, the joint venture set up in […]

Exclusive: Sky Studios’ Jane Millichip urges plastics and ‘corporate tat’ ban at markets

Sky Studios chief commercial officer Jane Millichip has urged the TV industry to rapidly improve its approach to the environment by banning “crap and pointless corporate gifts” and calling on event organisers to make markets and festivals carbon neutral and free from single-use plastics. Millichip was speaking at yesterday’s Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes, […]

Bear Grylls partners with Banijay for new production outfit

Running Wild‘s Bear Grylls has launched a new production outfit focusing on unscripted and scripted content with the backing of France’s Banijay Group. The Natural Studios will focus creating and producing adventure TV and film content for all platforms and has been funded by Banijay, which serves as production and distribution partner. Grylls is launching […]

Endemol Shine, Kew, Sky among Content Innovation Award winners

Endemol Shine Group and Kew Media were among the stand-out winners at the fifth Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes tonight, while Sky picked up the Best Debut Drama Series award for its hit show Chernobyl. At a packed event at the Majestic Hotel, Chernobyl beat off finalists including Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Patrick Melrose and Bavaria […]

Apple strikes overall deal with ‘Roma’ director Alfonso Cuarón

Roma writer and director Alfonso Cuarón has struck an overall deal with Apple that will see him create a raft of new TV projects for the company’s soon-to-launch streaming service. The multi-year agreement will see Cuarón develop and produce shows exclusively for Apple’s TV+ service, but he will continue to work with Anonymous Content on […]

RTÉ, Acorn partner with ZDFE and TV2 Norway on dramedy

Irish pubcaster RTÉ and AMC Networks-backed Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have partnered to commission a comedy-drama series that also has Germany’s ZDF Enterprises and TV2 Norway onboard. The South Westerlies is from Dublin-based Deadpan Pictures and is set in a small coastal town in the south-west of Ireland that is earmarked for a Norwegian-owned wind […]

‘The Crown’ scribe attached to adapt Allison Pataki’s ‘Sisi’ novels

Amy Jenkins (This Life, The Crown) has signed up to adapt Allison Pataki’s bestselling Sisi novels about the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria for Picture Perfect Federation and MAS Production. Picture Perfect Federation, the recently launched joint venture from Patrick Wachsberger and Federation Entertainment’s Pascal Breton, acquired rights to the two novels — The […]

‘No rules’ and a new chapter for Sky Studios

With the backing of Comcast and knock-out collaborations such as Chernobyl, pay-TV operator Sky and its newly formed Sky Studios is emerging as a drama player you’d be crazy to underestimate. Nick Edwards reports When Sky revamped its original drama output in 2013, it aimed to create material that would match the quality of the […]

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