Showtime expands deal with ‘Billions’ creators

Billions co-creators and executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have signed an expanded deal with Showtime. As part of the deal, the pair will continue to act as showrunners on the hit drama, and will also exclusively develop new projects for the network. The deal comes soon after Billions, which stars Damien Lewis and […]

Canal+ becomes French Showtime home

Pay TV giant Canal+ is to bring the Showtime channel brand to France for the first time. The output agreement Showtime distributor CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has struck is akin to those with Sky in the UK, Movistar in Spain, Stan in Australia and Bell Media in Canada. This will see at least ten current […]

Starz Play Arabia raises funding to expand service

Starz Play Arabia has raised a “multi-million dollar” funding round, which it plans to use to expand its services and partnerships. Existing investors including SEQ Capital Partners, and new investors including Delta Partners Capital, led the funding in the Middle East and North African streaming service. Starz said that Starz Play has achieved double-digit month-on-month […]

Showtime cable net cuts landmark Spanish deal

Movistar will be the exclusive Spanish home of Showtime series after the pay TV platform inked an exclusive deal with the US cable net. Showtime, which is owned by CBS, has similar agreements in place with Sky in the UK, Bell Media in Canada and Stan in Australia. The Spanish deal means shows including Billions […]

Strong financial result for Sky in Europe

European satcaster Sky has posted strong first half operating and financial results for Sky, with 337,000 new customers and 1.1 million new product sales in the second quarter of its fiscal year. This comes as 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch takes the reins as chairman, and speculation grows over the future ownership of the […]

Aussie SVOD service pulls off Showtime coup

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has scored exclusive streaming rights to programming from premium US cable channel Showtime. The agreement began this week with the launch of Billions, and will ultimately run to hundreds of hours, and includes granting Stan the exclusive license to use the Showtime brand in Australia. A highlight will be the […]

Billions gets second season

US cable net Showtime has given buzzy drama Billions a second season order. The show, which stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and is set in the world of high-finance, was the best ever launch for premium net Showtime with 6.5 million viewers, beating Ray Donovan, which debuted with 6.1 million. Showtime is owned by […]

Sky inks landmark European Showtime deal

Sky and CBS have agreed a European deal that sees the pay TV operator take exclusive rights to Showtime programming across its regional footprint. The programming pact, hailed as one of the most important ever for Sky and the most significant international deal ever for CBS’ Showtime, gives Sky all of premium cable net’s original […]

Showtime takes Jim Carrey drama to series

US premium channel Showtime has taken Jim Carrey’s stand-up-themed scripted drama I’m Dying Up Here to series. The one-hour drama, which is set in the celebrated LA stand-up circuit of the 1970s, had previously been ordered as a pilot. The show follows up and coming comedians who are mentored by a brassy but nurturing club […]

CBS bosses to give MIPCOM keynote

CBS distribution boss Armando Nuñez and Showtime chief David Nevins will give a joint keynote at MIPCOM next month. Nuñez (left) is CBS’s top international exec and runs the studio’s CBS Global Distribution Group. Nevins (below right) is president of CBS-owned cable net Showtime. The pair will talk about the expansion of the Showtime brand around the […]