Bloomberg rolls out slate of digital originals

Business outlet Bloomberg has rolled out a new slate of digital originals for its fledgling streaming service.  The slate focuses on space, transportation, science and health, and their potential economic impact. It also wades into the field of investigative journalism. Originals include four-part space exploration series Giant Leap; four-part series Moon Shot, which examine scientific breakthroughs; […]

TRX signs BBCWW catalogue for official launch

TRX, the online platform for buying and selling TV rights, has signed BBC Worldwide to list its catalogue of 9,500 titles on the platform as it makes its official launch. Following an 18-month beta phase, the platform is now available to all buyers and sellers around the world, allowing them to engage, negotiate and agree […]

Twitter announces live content deals

Twitter has announced a raft of live-streamed content deals across sports, news and entertainment at its first-ever Digital Content NewFronts presentation. Twitter unveiled details of a dozen new collaborations at the New York Event in a move that will bring new, exclusive and original live programming to the service. “We could not be prouder of […]

Viacom ‘will keep Paramount’

Viacom is no longer looking actively to sell as stake in Paramount Pictures, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the news agency, citing unnamed sources, Viacom has decided that the movie studio is a key asset and has pulled back from the idea of a sale. Viacom hired PJT Partners to look into […]

Bloomberg agrees Twitter streaming deal

Bloomberg Media has signed a live streaming partnership with Twitter to broadcast select Bloomberg TV programmes on the social network. Announcing the deal, Bloomberg said that extending its reach to Twitter’s global audience of more than 800 million people marks an extension of its existing digital video strategy. The streaming deal covers programmes including: flagship […]

Viacom poaches BBCWW exec for Asian sales

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited June Yeoh from BBC Worldwide to run programme sales in Asia. Yeoh will start in the new role in early April and work out of VIMN’s Singapore base. As senior director of international programme sales she will oversee all of VIMN Asia’s content sales across China, Japan, Korea and […]

Prisa relaunches TV offer amid $1.1bn takeover reports

Shares in Prisa have surged on reports that Telefónica is close to signing a deal to take a controlling stake in the Spanish media group’s pay TV arm for €800 million (US$1.1 billion). Separately, the telco yesterday relaunched its TV offering under the Movistar Fusión TV brand. According to Bloomberg, Telefónica could take a 56% […]

James Ross’ Lightning hires distribution director

Lightning International has recruited Julien Dutronc as director of TV distribution Lightning is the Hong Kong-based channels and programme distributor run by former ITV Studios and Bloomberg executive James Ross. The company distributes channels and content into Asia from partners including Lagardere and Trace. Dutronc joins the company from TV5 Monde where he managed channel […]

Netflix under pressure to deliver ahead of results

Analysts expect Netflix to fail to stay on course to hit earlier subscriber targets when it reports results later today and several are questioning the impact the company’s international expansion is having on its financial performance. Netflix boss Reed Hastings said earlier this year that the streaming and DVD delivery (in the US) business would […]