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Amazon greenlights Utopia remake by Gone Girl scribe

Amazon Studios has greenlit a straight-to-series order for Utopia, based on the British series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly. The nine-episode series will be written by Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who has simultaneously inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Flynn is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Utopia, and […]

Amazon hits 100m Prime members

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed in his yearly shareholders letter that Prime now has 100m members, which he partly attributes to continuing content expansion. In the statement, Bezos said that Prime Video, “continues to drive Prime Member adoption and retention.” The company’s expansion in content and investment in originals such as The Marvelous Mrs. […]

Amazon Studios reshuffles after Salke hire

Amazon Studios has restructured its TV arm after the hire of NBC’s Jennifer Salke as new head of Amazon Studios. Salke’s first move is to up the studio’s COO Albert Cheng, who served as interim head after the departure of Roy Price, to co-head of television. He will also keep his COO title. A partner […]

TBI Weekly: Everyone’s looking at toons for grown-ups

This week, Hulu’s deal with Nick Weidenfeld, the former Adult Swim head of development, shows the increasing appetite networks are demonstrating towards adult toons. There has been a buzz at the start of this year around toons for grown-ups as every major SVOD platform has picked up at least one new series. Netflix kicked off […]

RTVE and commercial rivals launch OTT platform to test SVOD

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and commercial broadcasters Atresmedia and Mediaset plan to launch a joint OTT TV platform that could see them compete with the likes of Netflix, Movistar+, HBO and Sky in the Spanish market. The three broadcasters initially plan to launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV connected television standard, that […]

SVOD uptake hammering pay TV – IHS

The uptake of subscription video services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video was three times that of pay TV services last year, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that while digital pay TV subscriptions grew on a global basis, in Western Europe there were eight new over-the-top (OTT) video subscriptions for every […]

BBC’s Bulford: global nets won’t replace threatened British content

British content is under threat, as budgets get cut, with global players highly unlikely to make up the shortfall, according to BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford. Speaking at the Media & Telecoms Conference in London, Bulford said the BBC’s ability to fund UK content had been hit by financial constraints, while reduced advertising revenues had […]

SVOD players making most of Euro on-demand revenues – study

Subscription video-on-demand is driving growth in the European pay on-demand market, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory SVOD players took two thirds of total 2016 pay on-demand service revenues, against only 11% five years earlier. The report found that the SVOD market was still relatively small in relation to the pay TV […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

Netflix to bring in $15bn in sub fees for 2018, says CEO

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has stated that Netflix is set to earn around $15bn (£10.8bn) in subscription revenue this year by sticking to its strategy of delivering original content. The streaming giant told Nikkei Asian Review reporters, who also first reported the story, that the company’s guiding principle is turning subscribers “hard-earned money” into quality […]

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