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‘Oddbods’ creator One Animation hires eOne & Amazon execs

Oddbods creator One Animation is expanding its digital team by appointing execs from Hasbro’s Entertainment One and Amazon to newly created roles. Kelly Joeman will join as senior manager for audience development at the Singapore-based firm, while Tuan Nguyen has been tapped as e-commerce manager. Both will be based in One Animation’s Singapore office, with Joeman […]

Amazon orders James Corden comedy, drops ‘Tiger King’ drama

Amazon has ordered a six-part comedy drama with James Corden (Gavin & Stacey) set to star and dropped its planned Tiger King scripted show that had Nicolas Cage attached. Corden’s series Mammals is being produced by UK-based Street Hassle, in association with Vertigo Films and Fulwell 73, and will be directed by Stephanie Laing (Made […]

Disney leads global content spend amid 2020 boom

The gross cash spend on the global production and licensing of new content for streaming platforms reached a new high last year, rising by 16.4% in 2020 to reach $220.2bn, according to new research from UK-based firm Purely. Amid this boom, The Walt Disney Company emerged as the biggest single global spender on content in […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Digging into the MENA OTT boom

Max Signorelli, senior analyst for entertainment at research powerhouse Omdia, examines the current state of the OTT market in the MENA region. Paid OTT video subscriptions rose by nearly 77% year-on-year (YoY) in MENA last year, reaching just over six million at the end of 2020. The majority, 70% of the total of these subscriptions, […]

Amazon, HBO Max & Waave among ‘Conversations With Friends’ deals

Amazon, HBO Max, Lionsgate Play and Waave are among a slew of companies to have pre-bought Conversations With Friends, the upcoming BBC and Hulu drama from the team behind Normal People. The 12 x 30-minute drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally Rooney and is being produced by Element Pictures and Endeavor Content, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Why Amazon expanded streaming in India

Kia Ling Teoh, senior analyst for TV, video & advertising at research powerhouse Omdia, explores the reasons behind Amazon’s recent launch of a new ad-supported streamer in India. Amazon last month launched a new ad-supported video streaming service in India, branded as miniTV. The service will live within the Amazon shopping app and complements the […]

Amazon commits $1.4m to fund UK creative apprenticeships

Media and retail giant Amazon has created a £2.5m ($3.5m) UK Apprenticeship Fund, with £1m ($1.4m) of that set aside specifically for the nation’s creative industries, including the TV and film sector. The funds, which will also help to support apprenticeship roles across music and publishing, will go to indie production companies across England to […]

TBI Weekly: What drove Amazon’s acquisition of MGM?

Another week, another billion dollar deal – but what drove retail giant Amazon to buy one of the few remaining major studio operations? Richard Middleton explores the obvious and less discussed elements of the planned acquisition. As Jeff Bezos said himself, the “acquisition thesis” behind Amazon’s decision to buy MGM is – on one level, at least – […]

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