WildBrain expands APAC sales team & strikes Disney, HBO GO content deals

Canadian kids & family firm WildBrain has expanded its content distribution team in APAC and inked new sales deals with broadcasters and streamers in the region, including HBO GO and Disney Channel Japan. Its new appointments include former Warner Bros. Discovery exec Jason Soh as global sales & channels director, APAC, and BesTV alum Max […]

China’s BesTV to host BBC Earth branded space

BBC Studios is to launch a BBC Earth branded space on BestTV in China, which boasts 46m subscribers across the territory. BesTV is a Chinese pay-TV service provider placed across 31 cities in China, and a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. From 1 April 2019, BesTV subscribers will be able to access premium BBC Earth […]

Pip Ahoy! docks in China

UK kids series Pip Ahoy! has debuted on IPTV, SVOD and satellite channels in China. Pip producer EHF Entertainment has joined forces with Yecheng Media Group, Shanghai Media Group-owned Wings Media and China Telecom to launch the show. The first 52 episodes have been dubbed in Mandarin, and have launched on networks such as Shanghai […]

BBC’s Top Gear gets new home in China

Top Gear has a new home in China after BBC Worldwide struck a deal for hundreds of hours of the motoring series with Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV service. The exclusive agreement will see BesTV become the only place, from early next year, that Top Gear fans will be able to see the show in China. […]

RTL stays stable as FremantleMedia dips

A stronger advertising market in Germany and digital growth helped keep RTL Group’s top line more or less stable for the first quarter, though production unit FremantleMedia wobbled. Revenues were down slightly from €1.313 billion (US$1.49 billion) to €1.308 billion, with a higher sales at RTL Deutschland being offset by lower revenue at France’s M6 […]

News brief: Asian nets buy Nick toon series

Broadcasters across Asia have acquired Nickelodeon animated programming. The deals include Philippines free TV channel ABS-CBN taking shows such as Paw Patrol, IPTV service BesTV taking 20 titles and pay TV provider Eastern Broadcasting Asia Co. has gone for eight seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, Go, Diego, Go!, and Paw Patrol among others. Earlier this month, […]

StudioCanal secures China content deals

French TV and film giant StudioCanal has struck two deals with Chinese SVOD services. Chinese streaming platform YoukuTudou has picked up a package of movies from StudioCanal. The 50-film deal is for catalogue titles including About a Boy, Mulholland Drive and The Pianist. YoukuTudou will launch the features on its subscription video-on-demand service. Matthieu Zeller, […]