Exclusive: EndemolShine’s sales rejig revealed, new ‘MasterChef’ deal in Asia

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

WarnerMedia strikes three-year TV, film pact with Steven Soderbergh

WarnerMedia has struck a three-year deal with veteran filmmaker Steven Soderbergh that will see him develop content for both its streaming HBO Max and cablenet HBO. The exclusive agreement covers all forms of TV and a first-look for features, with his first project the previously announced feature Let Them All Talk for HBO Max. It […]

Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ at centre of plagiarism lawsuit

Apple is at the centre of a lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini over its original series Servant. Gregorini has filed a copyright lawsuit that alleges that Servant, which was developed by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, plagiarised her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. Both titles focus on mothers who are grieving […]

Turkey’s Calinos Entertainment hires 20th Century Fox alum for global sales

Turkish distributor Calinos Entertainment has appointed 20th Century Fox exec Jose Luis Gascue to oversee its worldwide sales. The former NBCUniversal exec becomes EVP and head of worldwide sales at Calinos, with a remit across global distribution for the company. He was most recently VP of sales for Latin America at 20th Century Fox, where […]

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. […]

Amazon Prime Video strikes far-reaching European film deal with STXfilms

Amazon has struck a multi-year, multi-territory output deal with STXfilms that will see the latter’s content becoming available on SVOD service Prime Video. STX, which is led by Robert Simonds and backed by companies including Liberty Global, Tencent and investment firm TPG Growth, will grant Prime Video all rights to the company’s movies in France. […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios unveils plans & programming for Showcase 2020

BBC Studios has unveiled details of its forthcoming Showcase sales extravaganza in the UK city of Liverpool next month, which will host talent including Game Of Thrones star Richard Dormer, Doctor Who‘s Jodie Whittaker and hundreds of buyers. The BBC Studios Showcase 2020 marks the 44th incarnation of the annual event for the commercial arm […]

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