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Amazon moves ‘Lord Of The Rings’ from New Zealand to UK

Amazon is moving its multi-million dollar Lord Of The Rings series from New Zealand to the UK, as part of plans to expand its production footprint in the country. The first season of the as-yet untitled series, which is based on JRR Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, will complete post production […]

Amazon names Jeff Blackburn to lead global media & entertainment

Retail giant Amazon has hired Jeff Blackburn to a new role overseeing its entertainment and media efforts around the world. Blackburn becomes SVO of global media & entertainment at Amazon, with a remit that covers Prime Video and Amazon Studios. He will start on 7 June and will also oversee podcast devisions including Wondery, as […]

Hollywood’s Schwarzenegger becomes “significant” investor in Genius Brands

Hollywood actor and former governor of the US state of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has become a “significant” investor in global entertainment company Genius Brands International. Schwarzenegger (Terminator: Dark Fate, Killing Gunther) will star in and co-produce a new animated children’s series with the company – Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten – which is co-produced by Genius […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking how Disney+ struck gold in the UK

Disney+ might still be less than three months old in the UK but that hasn’t stopped it from securing some startling numbers. Maria Rua Aguete, exec director at TBI analyst sibling Omdia, provides a snapshot of how the Mouse House streamer won over UK subscribers and what’s next. Disney+ launched in the UK on 24 […]

TBI’s UK Screenings Social prepares for launch with new guest speakers!

TBI welcomes you to a brand new event taking place a short walk from Southbank during UK Screenings week, providing an opportunity to hear from some of the biggest names working across the content business. We are delighted to confirm a stellar line-up of execs who represent key areas of the business, including the head […]

October Films veteran Denman Rooke steps down

October Films’ executive chairman Denman Rooke is stepping down from his position, after almost 25 years at the company. Denman joined October Films in 1995, originating, directing and executive producing observational documentaries as well as science, history and current affairs series. He became MD in 2004, exec producing shows such as The Beslan Siege as […]

Amazon Studios returns ‘Lord Of The Rings’ to New Zealand

Amazon Studios is taking Lord Of The Rings back to New Zealand, after choosing the country as the setting for its super-premium forthcoming TV show. Producers had been considering filming the series – which has a budget of around $900m – in Scotland but eventually plumped for New Zealand, where the Peter Jackson movies were […]

Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

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