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Report: Amazon bids for Disney’s divested sports networks

Amazon is among the companies currently bidding for 22 regional sports TV networks Disney has had to divest as a result of its 21stCentury Fox acquisition, according to reports. The multi-faceted platform is bidding for all of the networks, including the YES network, according to CNBC. Apollo Global Management, KKR&Co, The Blackstone Group, Sinclair Broadcast […]

In-demand: Argentina (November 7-13, 2018)

Stranger Things was highly demanded in Argentina this past week, despite the fact that the title has not released new episodes since 2017. The supernatural thriller beat more recently released titles such as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Haunting of Hill House and House of Cards to the top spot in Parrot Analytics digital originals demand list, which […]

Bezos: Amazon is “not too big to fail”

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has said that the Seattle-headquartered business is “not too big to fail”. The CEO, who was speaking at a staff meeting last week, was responding to an employee question around what Bezos had learned from the bankruptcy of major North American retailers such as the 125-year-old department store Sears, which filed […]

UK government targets digital giants with revenue tax

The UK government has called on digital platforms including Facebook and Amazon to “pay their fair share” with a 2% revenue tax. For the first time, the government has instituted a Digital Services Tax on the “revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces, reflecting the value they derive from UK users.” The […]

Snap taps Amazon, HuffPo alum for strategy

Snap is taking its chief strategy role and splitting the office’s responsibilities between Amazon’s Jeremi Gorman and Huffington Post’s former CEO Jared Grusd. Imran Khan has acted as chief strategy officer since 2015. He revealed in September that he is to leave and get back into investing. Grusd, who has also held roles at Spotify, […]

Amazon to adapt BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing

Amazon is adapting BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing. The global SVOD has ordered a pilot based on the mockumentary-style comedy, which has aired across four series in the UK and is set to end later this year with a fifth series. The half-hour program will be produced by Ash Atalla’s London-based prodco Roughcut […]

Amazon names head of international originals

Amazon has appointed James Farrell as its head of international originals. In the newly created role, the former head of content for international expansion is to lead the global originals team across Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil, in addition to new territories in the future. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment distribution exec first joined […]

ITV and Amazon’s Strangers heads to Asia

Fox Asia has picked up ITV and Amazon co-production Strangers from All3Media International. The channel has acquired the Hong Kong and UK-filmed thriller, which was formerly titled White Dragon. It will be launched on the channel this autumn through Fox Asia’s pan-Asia linear feed and Fox Plus. All3Media International has also sold Strangers into New […]

European Parliament approves 30% Euro content rules for VOD

The European Parliament has approved new rules for audiovisual media services, which include a 30% European content quota for video-on-demand platforms. The quota is designed to support cultural diversity of the European audiovisual sector and is one part of the revised legislation, which will apply to broadcasters and online services like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. […]

Amazon close to AVOD launch with IMDb

Amazon is close to launching an ad-supported streaming service for Fire TV users via subsidiary the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), according to reports. The new Fire TV service will feature films and TV shows and will be similar to the Roku Channel and parts of US SVOD Hulu, according to US outlets CNBC and The […]

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