Drama round-up: Stan buys SPT shows; BritBox & ITVX prep Cary Grant series; Bet+ buys South Africa’s ‘Pulse’

Stan buys SPT shows Australian streamer Stan has extended its deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), claiming first-run rights to shows including Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man. Stan has previously housed Odenkirk-starring Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, while the streamer is also taking action-comedy Twisted Metal and Panhandle from SPT. Other shows included in the package […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What the Nordics tell us about streaming’s future

The Nordics have always tended to be at the forefront of global streaming trends, neatly reflected by the 55 SVODs operating in the region at the end of 2021. Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst at research powerhouse and TBI sibling Omdia, reflects on the past decade and picks out key trends for the future. In the […]

BritBox confirms Nordics launch for next week

ITV Studios and BBC Studios joint-owned streamer BritBox will roll out in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland next week. The launch, which was first announced in December, has now been confirmed for 28 April, and follows a pact with regional operator C More. The Nordic expansion will extend BritBox into eight countries internationally, following launches […]

BritBox UK chief to step down ahead of ITVX launch

BritBox UK’s chief Will Harrison is stepping down as the UK streamer prepares to be folded into ITV’s new SVOD/AVOD service, ITVX. The former Warner Bros. and Ingenuous Media exec joined BritBox in 2019 following it launchs, with the streamer now claiming almost 750,000 subscribers. However, parent company ITV – which has bought out the […]

ITV shares fall 18% as new streamer ITVX prompts window shift & spending surge

UK broadcaster ITV is to launch ITVX later this year, a new integrated AVOD and SVOD streaming service, which will debut much of its new content months ahead of its linear channels. Viewers will have the option to watch content for free via an advertising-funded tier or upgrade to a subscription model that includes the […]

BritBox doubles spending, with more Agatha Christie adaptations & All3 co-pros planned

BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV’s streamer BritBox is doubling its programming spend, with three more Agatha Christie adaptations in the works and a coproduction pact struck with All3Media International. The plans, revealed at an online gathering of the Television Critics Association (TCA), will see BritBox extending its production deal with rights owner Agatha Christie Limited […]

ITVS & BBCS streamer BritBox to launch in Nordics after C More deal

BritBox will be rolled out into the Nordics in early 2022, following a deal with regional operator C More. The pact is the first distribution deal for the ITV Studios and BBC Studios-owned streamer, which will launch via C More in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. It will also be available as a direct-to-consumer proposition, while […]

Show of the Week: Irvine Welsh’s Crime

Few names in Scottish fiction loom as large as Irvine Welsh, the author of acclaimed novels such as Trainspotting and The Acid House. Joining producers Buccaneer Media and Off Grid Film & TV, Welsh is turning his talent to TV drama for the first time, with this story adapted from his own book of the […]

Factual round-up: BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’; ‘The Beatles And India’ goes global; Netflix acquires Peter Tatchell doc for Oz & NZ

BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’ UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Inside Dubai: Playground Of The Rich, a new three-part factual series from Spun Gold TV, for its BBC2 channel. The 3 x 60-minute series goes behind the scenes of the fast-growing city which now counts 52,000 millionaires and billionaires among its three million inhabitants.  A tax […]

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