TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking Netflix & Amazon’s European drama plans

WarnerMedia, ViacomCBS and NBCUniversal are ramping up competition in an already crowded streaming ecosystem in Europe. Tim Westcott, senior analyst for research powerhouse (and TBI sibling) Omdia, reveals how the production plans for incumbents Netflix and Amazon are shaping up. According to research by Omdia, Netflix will launch at least 107 titles produced in Europe […]

Four US unions urge FTC to block Amazon’s $8.45bn deal for MGM

Four major US unions have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Amazon’s deal to buy The Handmaid’s Tale studio MGM. The $8.45bn deal, struck in May, would represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever acquisition and would see the studio behind shows such as Vikings and James Bond fall under the retail giant’s umbrella. The proposed […]

MGM launches streaming offer in Australia via Amazon

US studio MGM has expanded its partnership with soon-to-be owner Amazon by launching a new streaming service in Australia. The MGM streamer will become available through Prime Video Channels in Australia and provide access to TV series such as the Stargate sci-fi franchises SG-1, Atlantis and Universe, along with long-running supernatural hit Teen Wolf. Films included […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Africa’s blooming drama business?

From the impact of streamers such as Amazon, Showmax and Netflix, to the acceptance of dubbing/subtitling and the appetite for international coproductions, drama series from Africa are in demand like never before. To explore what this means across the continent and beyond, TBI partnered with The Africa Channel (TAC) and its production division, TAC Studios, […]

Amazon preps Lat Am reboot of 1950’s CBS comedy ‘I Love Lucy’

Amazon Prime Video has ordered a remake of classic US comedy I Love Lucy, which last aired in the 1950’s. All For Lucy is being developed and produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog and Lat Am group Elefantec Global, which together acquired rights to adapt the series from ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. The show, which will […]

Amazon launches AVOD streamer IMDb TV in UK

Amazon’s AVOD streamer IMDb TV has been launched in the UK, offering original programming and thousands of hours of library series including Community and Anger Management, as well as movies such as Pulp Fiction. Originals form the US include factual trio Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, Moment Of Truth and Top Class: The Life And […]

‘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 […]