Discovery+ strikes Amazon Prime Video channels deal in US

Recently launched streamer Discovery+ is now available via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels in the US. The deal, which comes four months since Discovery rolled its standalone SVOD service out in the US, will provide subscribers with access to around 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows, with brands such as HGTV and Food Network represented. The ad-free version […]

Seizing scripted opportunities in India

Streamers are piling investment into India and invigorating local scripted content creation, but regulatory changes could change all that. Mark Layton speaks to producers and streamers about this giant market India is the world’s fastest-growing streaming market, with US SVOD giants trying to carve out a firm foothold in competition with established local leaders, in […]

ViacomCBS & Fox Searchlight alum joins Audible as head of studios

Amazon-owned podcast firm Audible has appointed former Viacom and Fox Searchlight exec Zola Mashariki as head of its studio division. Mashariki will lead the creation of all original content from conception through release and is based out of LA, reporting to Rachel Ghiazza, EVP & head of US content. Her remit includes oversight of the entire studio […]

Amazon orders ‘Hunted’ & drama duo in France, as originals ambitions broaden

Amazon has expanded its offering in France with three new originals, including two dramas and a local remake of Banijay format Hunted. The scripted series include Greek Salad, an eight-part series that has been created by Cédric Klapisch and is being co-produced by Ce Qui Me Meut’s Bruno Levy. From drama, spy action and comedy […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring Japan’s unique pay TV & streaming ecosystem

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & Online Video at research powerhouse Omdia, delves into Japan’s fascinating content market and explores how pay TV and streaming fortunes have changed. Japan is a unique market where traditional TV/video market sources like broadcasters and the physical video market remain relevant in the country despite fast growing […]

Amazon, BBC & SPT return to ‘Scandal’ with Blueprint Pictures & Sara Phelps

Amazon, the BBC and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have partnered up again for a true-life drama about the UK royal family, which is being written by The Pale Horse’s Sarah Phelps and will star The Crown’s Claire Foy. A Very British Scandal is being produced by UK-based Blueprint Pictures – which previously worked with the BBC […]

Amazon & Netflix in crosshairs as India’s Supreme Court rules on streaming

Streamers in India are facing increased levels of scrutiny following a Supreme Court ruling that has prompted SVOD’s including Netflix and Amazon to re-examine shows on their slates in the country. Foreign streaming services have been in the crosshairs of the government for some time because of their ability to offer shows free of censorship, but the […]

Amazon’s AVOD streamer IMDb TV visits ‘Almost Paradise’ with Electric Entertainment

Amazon-owned AVOD service IMDb TV has acquired crime series Almost Paradise, which debuted last year on WGN America. The deal, which was unveiled on the first day of NATPE Virtual Miami, is from LA-based producer-distributor Electric Entertainment and will premiere on IMDb TV from 1 February. Almost Paradise originally premiered in the US in March […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How to capitalise on the AVOD wave

Streaming of all flavours soared during 2020 but how will AVOD adapt and develop in the years to come? Fateha Begum, associate director at TBI sibling OMDIA, explores what’s next for ad-supported services in the increasingly crowded on-demand ecosystem. Over the years, and particularly in early 2020, online video penetration increased as many households turned […]

Amazon buys ‘Dirty John’ podcast firm Wondery

Amazon is expanding its media business with the acquisition of podcast start-up Wondery, best known for its true crime podcasts such as Dirty John, which was adapted for TV by Bravo.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but a Wall Street Journal report from last month put a value of more than $300m on Wondery. The firm was apparently […]

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