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NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

TBI Weekly: Six signs that Sky Studios is key for Comcast

Take one look at Comcast’s second quarter results revealed yesterday and it becomes abundantly clear why the NBCUniversal owner was so keen to acquire UK pay TV operator Sky. But a shifting content strategy for the Jeremy Darroch-led company has also emerged in the post-Murdoch age, which could spell opportunity for European producers. 1. A […]

Sky eyes ‘unprecedented production scale’ and streaming partners

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has said that recently launched production arm Sky Studios will allow it to work on an unprecedented number of European shows and has touted the UK-based pay TV operator as a potential partner for soon-to-launch streamers from companies such as Disney. Darroch (below) said the launch of Sky Studios, which revealed […]

Sky Cinema hires C5’s Keenan

The former head of acquisitions for Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has left the company to take up a similar role working across movies for pay TV operator Sky. Katie Keenan (pictured) will become head of acquisitions at Comcast-backed Sky next month, with a remit to oversee all movie deals across the pay TV […]

Netflix to lose ‘The Office’ to NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s forthcoming streaming service will become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after the company grappled the show back from existing rights holders Netflix. The Office is widely believed to be one of Netflix’s most popular series but the streamer was unable to hang onto rights following an auction […]

Disney to take full control of Hulu in five years

Disney has agreed a deal with Comcast to take full control of Hulu — in 2024.  The Mouse House revealed this afternoon (14 May) that it will assume full operational control of the Handmaid’s Tale streamer, effective immediately, in return for Disney and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Under […]

DHX Media launches children’s SVOD service

Canada’s DHX Media is to launch a children’s SVOD service. The streaming platform, titled Kids Room, is an ad-free platform with titles from DHX’s catalogue of kids and family content, including preschool titles such as Bob the Builder, Teletubbies and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as programmes for older kids, such as Slugterra, Kid vs. Kat, […]

Comcast mulls sale of Hulu stake to Disney

Comcast is in talks to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney, a move which would give Disney full control of the streaming service. According to a report by CNBC, Comcast is weighing the pros and cons of doing a deal now rather than later. The two companies are the last remaining owners of […]

Hulu buys back minority stake from AT&T

Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for $1.43bn, as the telecoms and media business looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a $15bn. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. Hulu is part-owned […]

Report: Disney in talks to acquire WarnerMedia’s Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to reports. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority […]

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