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TBI Weekly: Harnessing anime’s subscription-driving power

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton digs into what is driving rising global demand for anime and how streamers can make the most of the medium’s passionate fanbase. Global demand for Japanese anime content is skyrocketing, with streamers worldwide increasingly recognising the appeal – and subscription-driving potential – of this medium, once seen as niche, but […]

Amazon expands Italian scripted push with mafia & YA series

Amazon has commissioned a dark mafia comedy for its Prime Video service in Italy, along with a coming-of-age drama about twins. The Bad Guy is from local producer Indigo Film and is set in Sicily, with Gomorrah’s Ludovica Rampoli, David Serino and Giuseppe Stasi co-creators. The story follows a local judge unfairly accused of being […]

Amazon eyes $9bn deal for MGM, reports suggest

Amazon is in talks to acquire James Bond and The Handmaid’s Tale studio MGM for around $9bn, as the arms race for content continues. Detail of the deal emerged overnight and have not been confirmed, but an acquisition would provide the retail giant’s streaming service Prime Video with a raft of IP including FX drama Fargo […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring streamers’ spending habits in 2021

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst for channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, tells Richard Middleton about the predicted spending habits of streamers in 2021. Competition for content is reaching new heights in 2021 following a year in which US studios hauled back programming for their own DTC streaming services. Production hiatuses caused by the […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where US streamers are looking for global originals

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst, channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, explores which countries are proving most attractive as sources of original content for US-based streaming leaders. With the rise of truly global streaming services, content from other countries has never been easier for audiences to access, with many of the market-leading US-based streamers […]

Exclusive: Amazon’s global option deal for Banijay’s ‘Hunted’ revealed

Amazon Prime Video has a global option deal for local remakes of Banijay’s popular adventure reality format Hunted, TBI understands. The agreement effectively provides the streamer with a first-look at producing local versions of the show in countries across its footprint around the world. It is unclear when the deal – which excludes the UK […]

Amazon orders Spanish adaptation of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Amazon in Spain has ordered a 10-part local adaptation of Love Productions’ format The Great British Bake Off. Celebrity Bake Off España will be produced by local outfit Boxfish TV and feature 12 contestants as they attempt to impress judges with their cakes and pastries. The 10 x 50-minute show is being exec produced by […]

News round-up: Acorn TV lands on Prime in Spain; Boat Rocker shops Covid doc

Acorn TV lands on Prime in Spain AMC Networks’ British content streamer Acorn TV has launched in Spain on Amazon Prime Video. The €3.99 per month SVOD is available on the service as an add-on subscription, and offers a wide range of content from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada, in both […]

Netflix & Disney+ Hotstar account for 78% of SVOD revenues in India, after surge in subs

Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar accounted for 50% of all SVOD subscribers in India in 2020 and almost 80% of subscription revenues in the country, according to data revealed today. The findings, which come from Omdia’s latest 2021 Online Video Market and Consumer Trends Report, found that online video subscriptions revenue grew by 142% in India […]