HBO Max hands straight-to-series order for ‘Sex And The City’ revival

US streamer HBO Max has given a series order to a revival of romcom-drama Sex And The City, with a new limited series titled And Just Like That… reuniting some of the cast of the original HBO show with exec producer Michael Patrick King. The 10 x 30-minute is described as “a new chapter” and […]

Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than $100m’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi, which has been valued at less than $100m. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku […]

Disney & Discovery execs launch ‘class pass’ streaming firm, backed by Michael Eisner

Former Disney and Discovery execs have launched a new streaming aggregation service, with former Mouse House CEO Michael Eisner backing the venture and ex-CBS Entertainment president Nancy Tellem among those onboard. Struum has received a “multi-million dollar investment” from Eisner’s Tornante Company ahead of the service’s planned roll-out in the spring. The company has been founded by […]

Animation studio Snipple launches UK-based originals division, with $8m Barclays funding

Philippines-based animation studio Snipple has announced a new UK-based original content division, Snipple Originals, along with its initial slate, with the company receiving £6 million (USD$8 million) backing from Barclays-owned investment company BGF (Business Growth Fund). Snipple Originals will focus on the creation of new long-form animated content for international audiences, with BGF taking a […]

Netflix hikes UK prices to cover ‘$1bn investment in local content’

Netflix is hiking its prices in the UK as it looks for ways to cover its ever increasing content budget. From next month, Netflix’s standard tier – which covers streaming on two screens simultaneously in HD – will be upped from £8.99 ($12.20) to £9.99, while the premium UHD tier, which covers four screens, will […]

‘Little Birds’ flies to Starzplay & more in global deals

Starz-owned streamer Starzplay is among a host of global platforms and broadcasters that have picked up UK-based Warp Films-produced drama Little Birds, following deals with distributor ITV Studios. The international streamer has picked up the six-part drama series in a multi-territory deal for Belgium, Brazil, France, Luxembourg, Spain, French-speaking Switzerland, the Netherlands and Latin America. […]

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss exits, Mouse House rejigs senior execs

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss is stepping from his position, after nine years with the company. Strauss took up his most recent role of president of programming & content curation for Disney+ and Hulu last year, following the overhaul that put streaming at the centre of the company’s operations. His remit is being absorbed by Joe Earley, […]

NBC to remake Oz’s ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’

US network NBC is developing Ties That Bind, a new drama series based upon Seven Studios’ Australian miniseries Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. The series is being written and executive produced by Deirdre Shaw and if ordered will be produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television, while the original show was based on Elizabeth Coleman’s stage play, inspired […]