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Hulu scores first exclusive movie with Joshy

Hulu has become the latest US streaming platform to get into the original movies space, by jointly acquiring Starstream’s Joshy with Lionsgate Entertainment. The structure of the deal means Lionsgate will release the film theatrically through specialty film distribution label Lionsgate Premiere in North America before Hulu begins streaming it exclusively. Streaming platforms entry into […]

Throop: TV, Family staying strong for eOne

The CEO of Canada-based Entertainment One, Darren Throop, has lauded the performance of the studio’s television and family divisions, as the film unit continues to drag on company financial results. eOne yesterday posted a trading update for the nine months to December 31, 2015, saying revenues were down 3% year-on-year, mainly due to a 14% […]

Nat Geo orders Oyelowo cop drama

National Geographic Channel’s move into high-end drama has now seen it ordered a cop drama starring actor David Oyelowo (Selma). The US cable channel has bought The Black 22s after poaching Endemol Shine Studios executive VP Carolyn G. Bernstein in December 2015. The Black 22s follows the true story of one of the US’s first […]

Soderbergh making Western drama for Netflix

Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank are working up a serialised period drama for streaming service Netflix. The pair are reportedly lining up Godless, executive-producing alongside Casey Silver. Frank is also writing and directing the scripted series, which is billed as a Western set in a 1800s New Mexico mining town. Filming is set for Santa […]

OSN bags exclusive MGM movies

UAE-based pay TV provider OSN has renewed an exclusive supply deal for movies with MGM. In addition to first and second pay window rights to the MGM catalogue, the deal gives OSN OTT rights via its OSN Play offering and Go Online TV by OSN, its TV everywhere service. MGM titles include the James Bond […]

Harmon, NCIS to remain on CBS

NCIS will remain on CBS for two more seasons after the US broadcast network secured the services of star and executive producer Mark Harmon (left) for two more years. The procedural series is recognised by research houses as the most-watched drama series on television globally, having become the biggest scripted show in the US back […]

Sky Vision, Merman sign script deal

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has signed an exclusive three-script development deal with Merman, the transatlantic producer behind Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe. Sky Vision will get a first look at a selection of scripted projects from Merman, with the option to distribute them internationally. The sales arm of European satcaster Sky already sells scripted shows such […]

Viki orders Kirkman pre-apocalypse original

International online video platform Viki has exclusively bagged a Robert Kirkman-created original drama set in a pre-apocalyptic world. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment will produce Five Year, which is about a family living on an Earth that set five years away from being struck by a deadly meteor. The 16-episode show will be filmed as a Korean […]

Netflix bags Jason Bateman drama

Streaming service Netflix has landed a Jason Bateman-created drama that comes from the production company behind House of Cards. Various US outlets are reporting that the SVOD platform has greenlit Ozark, which comes from HOC firm Media Rights Capital and Aggregate following a few months of negotiations. Ozark comes from feature films writer Bill Dubuque […]

Cesar Diaz’s 7A to distribute VIP 2000’s drama

7A Media, the distributor set up by Cisneros veteran Cesar Diaz, has inked a deal with Roxana Rotundo’s VIP 2000 TV. US-based 7A will sell VIP 2000’s scripted series under the terms of the deal. The content company franchises out production work, and has used this new production model to make 45-part drama Escandalos (Scandals), […]