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TBI Weekly: Netflix expansion lies in local productions

This week, Netflix has revealed the extent of its local production ambitions while showing that it continues to deliver stellar results, most recently reaching 125m subscribers and growing its first quarter revenue by 43% year-on-year. As the streamer announced its quarterly results on Monday, it quickly became apparent that an expansion of its local language […]

Netflix reaches 125m subs with revenue surge for Q1

Netflix added a record number of first quarter subscribers and grew its streaming revenues by 43% year-on-year in what was another sterling three-month period for the online video giant. Netflix said it added 7.41 million members in the first quarter – 1.96 million in the US and 5.46 million internationally. This was up 50% compared […]

Netflix readies Argentinian drama with Burman

Netflix is working with Supermax creator Daniel Burman to create its first Argentinian-produced original, Edha. The series will film entirely in the South American company and launch on the SVOD service globally in 2017. Burman, who is creating Globo’s first international drama, Supermax, is writing alongside Mario Segade. The writer’s room from Burman’s production company, […]

Narcos producer making new Netflix original

Netflix has ordered its second Brazilian originated original drama, an untitled project based on a real-life corruption investigation. Narcos producer and director José Padilha is creating and directing the new series for the US-based streaming service. It will dramatise events surrounding Operation Car Wash, a recent corruption investigation in Brazil. “Netflix recognises José Padilha’s talent […]

Fox buys Electus fare for Mid East

Fox’s channel operation in the Middle East has tapped US-based distributor Electus International for more than 50 hours of unscripted programming. The deal comprises seasons one and two of E!’s House of DVF, TLC’s Style by Jury, NBC’s Fashion Star (s1 and 2), VH1’s Making Mr. Right and CBS’s 2012 effort 3, which is the […]

Brazilian original drama for Netflix

Netflix has ordered its first Brazilian-created original drama, which will be titled 3%. The series will debut exclusively on the subscription streaming service around the world in 2016, with filming beginning early next year. Oscar-nominated director Cesar Charlone is attached to the drama, which will star João Miguel (Estômago) and Bianca Comparato (Avenida Brasil), will […]

UPC Cablecom launches catch-up service

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom has launched a free catch-upservice with content from 77 channels, including 30 HD services. The replay function allows UPC Cablecom subscribers to access content from channels including, exclusively in Switzerland, the HD versions of German channels ProSieben, Sat.1, Kabel Eins and 3+. The 30-hours catch-up service allows viewers […]

Electus promotes Farrokh, sells 150 hours

Ben Silverman’s studio Electus has promoted international sales executive Cyrus Farrokh to VP, distribution, and concurrently sold 150 hours to broadcasters across Asia Pacific. Former Shine International exec Farrokh joined Electus in May last year as executive director of international distribution and production, a role that handed in sales responsibilities in France, Italy and Asia […]