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Sky CEO on plans to become a ‘powerhouse creator’ & European expansion

Sky’s recently appointed CEO Dana Strong used her first public keynote today to underline plans to expand content production and increase reach across Europe. Strong, who replaced Jeremy Darroch in January, told The Royal Television Society (RTS)’s Cambridge Convention that it was “imperative” for Sky to expand its content creation strategy in the UK and […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Predicting the future & effects of digital ad growth

Online advertising will account for more than 70% of worldwide ad revenue by 2025. As more advertisers become accustomed to digital advertising’s data-driven approach, how should traditional media players adapt to offer similar functionality in their businesses? Marija Masalskis, senior principal analyst for TV, video and advertising at TBI sister research organisation Omdia, looks Stateside […]

Comcast & ViacomCBS team to launch European streamer SkyShowtime

Sky owner Comcast has teamed up with ViacomCBS to launch SkyShowtime, a new joint venture streaming service targeting more than 20 European territories. Scheduled for launch next year, the service will bring together entertainment, movies and original series from the NBCUniversal, Sky and ViacomCBS portfolio of brands, including titles from Showtime, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Paramount+ […]

NBCU’s Peacock to land on Sky in Europe, marking first international expansion

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s streaming service Peacock will come to Sky customers in Europe later this year, marking the first international expansion for the US streamer that launched in mid-2020. The deal between the two Comcast-owned companies followed news that Peacock had amassed 54 million sign-ups since launch and 20 million monthly active users for the quarter. […]

Comcast & ViacomCBS explore global streaming alliance

Comcast and ViacomCBS are exploring a global streaming partnership, with the former’s CEO Brian Roberts and the latter’s chairman Shari Redstone and CEO Bob Bakish reportedly meeting in New York last month to discuss a potential alliance. Both companies are looking to expand their streaming operations into international markets, but know they need to compete […]

NBCU owner Comcast eyes ViacomCBS or Roku deal, according to report

NBCUniversal (NBCU) owner Comcast is exploring a potential tie-up with US-based media giant rival ViacomCBS or AVOD operator Roku. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Comcast, whose NBCU division owns UK pay TV operator Sky, had considered a deal that would see it increase its streaming might by partnering with MTV and Showtime owner […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Could Peacock & Paramount+ combine?

A week on from AT&T’s seismic decision to spin off WarnerMedia with Discovery, TBI explores the ramifications of the deal on other major industry players. Combining WarnerMedia with Discovery will create a content behemoth designed to rival the biggest streaming companies out there – namely Netflix and Disney. The roots of the deal lie in […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Sky Italia’s MD & programming chief to depart

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Sky Studios promotes Jupiter execs in bid to ‘turbocharge’ US operations

Comcast-owned Sky Studios has brought its various US production entities under the control of Jupiter Entertainment execs Stephen Land and Patrick Reardon, as it tries to “turbocharge” its operations in the country. Land, founder and CEO of Sky-owned Jupiter Entertainment, will now be chairman of Jupiter Holdings, which becomes home to his New York-based firm, as […]

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