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Amazon strikes overall deal with Handmaid’s Tale director

Amazon has struck an overall deal with The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano. Morano, who made history as the first woman to win both an Emmy and Director Guild Award for a drama for her work on the Hulu programme, will create original series for the SVOD. Morano’s credits include feature films I Think We’re […]

Netflix and HBO tie up for Emmy wins

HBO and Netflix reached a tie with 23 wins each during the 70th annual primtetime Emmys, which took place last night. Netflix surpassed HBO for the first time in Emmy nominations this July, but when it came to the crunch the two entertainment powerhouses reached a draw in award wins. Game of Thrones came up […]

Exclusive: Amazon eyes Bachelor producer for unscripted role

Network execs from ABC and Fox are being eyed for top unscripted roles at Top Gear SVOD platform Amazon. TBI understands that Robert Mills, senior vice-president of alternative series, specials, and late-night programming at US broadcaster ABC and long-time producer of The Bachelor, is among the frontrunners for the head of unscripted role at the […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

Amazon hires ex-Eurodata exec for EMEA

Amazon Prime Video has hired former Eurodata exec Sahar Baghery as senior business development executive for EMEA. In the newly created position, Baghery will be in charge of expanding Amazon’s business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. She will be based in London. Most recently, she worked with the France-based Authors and Composers […]

BBC plans website cuts to fight FAANG

The BBC is planning to cut sections of its website to facilitate the user experience as it continues to compete with SVoD giants for eyeballs. The corporation has put the BBC Earth and BBC Arts sections of its website on the chopping block and plans to run fewer features and less celebrity gossip. According to […]

Amazon taps Project Runway duo for reality fashion series

Amazon Prime is set to develop a reality fashion series from Project Runway duo Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, which will launch globally. The Project Runway pair have led the series through 16 seasons with ratings success. While Bravo signed up for a new season of the title in May, the duo will not return […]

Amazon to launch Pistorius doc worldwide

Amazon is set to launch new Prime exclusive Pistorius, a four-part doc about the controversial sports star Oscar Pistorius, worldwide this week. Pistorius is a four-part feature documentary about the South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter, who shot and killed his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. It will launch on September […]

Report: Amazon developing DVR for Fire TV

Amazon is developing a “DVR for the streaming era” that will be able to record live TV, according to Bloomberg. The report, which cites a person familiar with the plans, said that the device will include physical storage and connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes using the same wireless technology as its Echo speakers. Dubbed […]

Discovery nabs Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

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