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Huawei Video, BBC Studios agree far-reaching mobile deal

China’s Huawei Video has struck a 300-hour multi-territory deal with BBC Studios, which will see shows including Call The Midwife becoming available via its mobile service in 26 countries. The arrangement will see the hit hospital drama from Neal Street Productions become available to customers using Huawei mobile devices in countries including mainland China, Hong […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with Covid-19

It might feel like you’ve been stuck indoors for months but for most readers outside of Asia, this week has been the first in which the deep impact of Covid-19 has truly started to be felt. So what have we learnt so far? M&A is on hold Whereas the impact of the 2008 credit crunch […]

AMC appoints Lionsgate’s Dan McDermott as programming president

Former Lionsgate exec Dan McDermott has been appointed as president of original programming at US-based AMC Networks, taking up the role previously held by David Madden. McDermott, who was most recently head of Lionsgate’s scripted TV partnership with BBC Studios (BBCS), also becomes co-president of AMC Studios and fills the void left by Madden, who […]

Production bodies call for gov’t support as Covid-19 impacts

Production communities around the world have been left reeling as the impact of Coronavirus-enforced shutdowns begins to be felt, with more than 100,000 job losses in the US alone. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), a US union body representing 140,000 people working in TV and film production, said it had approved a […]

BBC Studios makes latest distribution shift with Maggy Chan promotion

BBC Studios (BBCS) has upped Maggy Chan to the newly created role of MD for its global distribution division, marking the latest senior management change at the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. Chan will be responsible for all business operations at the division, which oversees all international content sales, channels and ancillary businesses. She […]

Disney hires Google, BBC Studios alum to head finance, strategy & ops at streaming division

Discovery has hired Google and former BBC Worldwide exec Neil Chugani as chief financial officer and head of strategy & operations for its direct-to-consumer business. The newly-created role will see Chugani charged with the division’s financial strategy, working with Discovery’s DTC teams across the US and international markets. He joins from Google, where he had […]

Quibi unveils 50-strong launch slate and promotional offer

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s premium short-form platform Quibi has revealed details of its launch slate and launched a promotional offer to entice users ahead of its debut next month. The Katzenberg and Meg Whitman-led service will give users a 90-day trial on the condition that they sign up ahead of the 6 April launch. After the trial, […]

ITV & BBC Studios streamer BritBox to launch in Australia

ITV and BBC Studios UK-content streamer BritBox is to launch in Australia later this year. The SVOD service, which was first launched in the US and Canada in 2017, offers an array of UK programming and last year revealed plans to “significantly expand” its offering with more original drama and live events. It will be […]

Show of the week: Small Axe

This anthology series is made up of hour-long stories that have been conceived and written by Twelve Years A Slave’s Steve McQueen, with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland also attached. The 6 x 60 minute films feature actors including Star Wars’ John Boyega and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, with the show delving into an array […]

BritBox joins ITV’s true crime drama ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’

ITV and BBC Studios’ North American streamer BritBox has boarded a forthcoming true crime drama starring Beauty And The Beast’s Luke Evans. The streamer becomes a co-producer on The Pembrokeshire Murders, which focuses on historic cold cases in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is being written by Nick Stevens (In Plain Sight) and executive produced by Simon […]

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