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Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

UK subscribers embrace SVOD in face of cost-of-living crisis

Overall SVOD subscription numbers are increasing in the UK, despite the country’s current cost-of-living crisis, with 80% of households subscribing to at least one service, as of this month. The data comes from new research by analyst firm Omdia, which also shows that YouTube and BBC iPlayer are the UK’s most popular online video services. […]

Kids roundup: WarnerMedia APAC hires Disney alum Melissa Lim; Moonbug shows comes to BBC iPlayer; Ferly & Toonz partner for ‘Kingdom Of None’

WarnerMedia APAC hires Disney alum Melissa Lim WarnerMedia has appointed Melissa Lim as the new head of content acquisitions and co-productions for its children’s networks in the Asia Pacific region, which include POGO, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Lim will also advise on licensing content to fuel the growing slate of kids and family programming on the […]

BBC iPlayer picks up Curious Films & Picture Zero co-pro climate doc

UK-based Curious Films and Picture Zero are co-producing a new documentary about the work of the UK Climate Assembly for BBC iPlayer, the British pubcaster’s VOD service, and for international distribution. The Assembly is a group of people brought together from all walks across the UK to help decide how the country can reach net […]

BBC iPlayer orders ‘Once Were Lions’, rugby league feature doc

BBC iPlayer, the UK pubcaster’s VOD service, has ordered a feature-length documentary about the Great Britain Rugby League Lions 2019 tour to the southern hemisphere. Once Were Lions will launch on BBC iPlayer on 21 November and follows the GB Lions as they tour New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The film is produced by UK-based indie Chalkboard Television and documentary […]

BBC’s scripted acquisition spree continues with return of ‘The Bridge’

The BBC in the UK has struck a new deal for hit Nordic drama The Bridge (aka Bron), which last aired on the broadcaster in 2018. The new deal for the show’s four seasons was struck with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) and will see it airing on BBC Four and become available via the iPlayer streaming […]

BBC Three revs up more ‘Drag Race UK’

BBC Three has renewed its hit local adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race for a second season.  The format, produced by World of Wonder, will return to the digital offering next year, and applications are now open for second season contestants. The first season of the programme, which launched 3 October, has drawn 6.5m total requests […]

BBC readies fourth revamp of iPlayer in 12 years

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend its catch-up window from 30 days to one year. The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned “cutting-edge on-demand platform” that will alter the look, feel […]

UK producers express concern at BBC’s rights plan for iPlayer

British producers have expressed concern about BBC plans to make programmes available for longer on its iPlayer streaming service. The BBC has put forward proposals to regulator Ofcom that programmes should be available on BBC iPlayer for at least 12 months after they are first shown, and that selected returning titles should be available as […]

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