News brief: Keshet catches Korean comedy

Israel’s Keshet International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to South Korean romantic comedy You Will Love Me. KI will market both the 16x60mins finished series, which aired on Hynundai Media’s Drama H and Trendy channels towards the end of last year to strong ratings and digital media buzz. It will debut today at NATPE in […]

EU’s copyright changes can be cause for cheer

Compact Media’s CEO, David Johnson, argues last month’s communication from the European Commission on new copyright laws should offer “cautious optimism” to the international television industry. It would be an understatement to say that 2015 was a busy year for the creative industry. Not only did the pace of change from new business and technology […]

Mubi gets $50m investment, plans China launch

Asian entertainment company Huanxi has invested US$50 million in arthouse film service Mubi, with a view to launching the video-on-demand offering in China. The pair will form a joint venture to launch Mubi China later this year. Huanxi will invest US$40 million in Mubi China and take a 70% stake in the business. The remaining US$10 million will be invested in […]

Netflix orders series from YouTube comic

Streaming service Netflix has for the first time ordered a series from talent that started out on YouTube. Haters Back Off will be an eight-part comedy starring Miranda Sings, a character YouTube comedian Colleen Ballinger-Evans created. The series will follow the family life of Sings, an incredibly untalented wannabe star who manages to continually fail upwards […]

Scripted launches dominated 2015

New scripted series accounted for 40% of the 8,500 new programmes launched internationally last year, according to data released this week. Factual programmes – including documentaries and series – made up 37% of new projects, with entertainment series accounting for another 23%, stats from Médiamétre-owned Eurodata TV Worldwide show. Eurodata’s Annual International TV Trends Report […]

Dish bags 4K content from Sony

US satcaster Dish Network has bought 4K movies and series from Sony Pictures Entertainment, plus indie distributors The Orchard and Mance Media. The Ultra HD content will be made available to Dish customers with a 4K Joey-connected Hopper set-top boxes on 4K televisions. From Sony comes The Amazing Spiderman, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, Momuments Men […]

Breakthrough moves into faith-based content

Producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has moved into faith-base programming, adding content from, Reel Deal Guys Entertainment to its line-up. The agreement with Reel Deal is for three faith-based films. The first of these is Adam’s Testament, based on a short story by Reel Deal boss Jason Barbeck. The other two films are Christmas special […]

BBC buys O.J. Simpson drama series

UK pubcaster the BBC has picked up the high-profile upcoming US drama series The People v. O.J Simpson, which tells the story of the infamous murder case. The ten-part scripted series, which debuts on FX in the US on February 2, is based upon the book The Run Of His Life: The People v. O.J. […]

Amazon celebrates Globes win with free Mozart

Amazon is offering a free viewing window of its drama series Mozart in the Jungle this weekend. The free window will run from January 15 to January 17 and allow non Amazon Prime subs to watch the streaming service’s original drama. Amazon said the marketing push was a response to the series winning two Golden […]

Channel 4 orders Keshet comedy

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a local version of Israeli comedy drama Loaded. The Keshet International format follows four friends who become overnight millionaires after selling their gaming business. The UK version will be produced by Keshet UK and Hillbilly Television and run to 8x45mins. Jon Brown (Fresh Meat) is writing the show. Piers […]