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 […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch steps down, succeeded by Comcast’s Dana Strong

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of European pay-TV and broadband group Sky, is stepping down after 13 years in the role, with Dana Strong, president of consumer services at parent company Comcast Cable in the US, named as his successor. Darroch is to be made executive chairman at Sky for the duration of 2021 to ensure a […]

Comcast talks up Peacock’s AVOD/SVOD hybrid model as sign-ups surge

NBCUniversal’s newly launched streamer Peacock has reached 22 million sign-ups in a better-than-expected quarter for parent company Comcast. The company did not clarify how many of those 22 million users are using the streamer’s AVOD tier and how many are receiving the service as a free perk of their existing broadband or TV subscription. However, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Peacock takes flight as subs flock in

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock might have had its feathers ruffled by the global pandemic affecting its originals line-up, but its vast library seems to have worked wonders on new customers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months to the end […]

Sky strikes kids content pact with NBCU sibling DreamWorks

Sky has struck a deal with fellow Comcast-owned NBCUniversal (NBCU) that will see a raft of kids animation from its DreamWorks operation being made available to UK customers, following the end of the pay TV operator’s content pact with Disney. Starting in late October, hundreds of hours of animated series will become available on the Sky […]

NBCU’s vice chairman Ron Meyer exits after admitting affair

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s vice chairman Ron Meyer has left the US studio after more than 25 years with the company after admitting to an extramarital affair. Meyer, who had started out as an agent after forming LA-based CAA, joined Universal as president and CEO in 1995. He remained with the company following the merger with NBC […]

NBCUniversal starts laying off staff as streaming focus takes hold

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has started cutting staff as it focuses more attention on its streaming business, with around 3,000 positions set to be affected. NBCU’s CEO Jeff Shell told investors last week that the restructuring was in the works, following the US company’s decision to combine its TV and streaming divisions under Mark Lazarus. That move […]

Sky Arts to go free-to-air from September in UK

Comcast-owned pay-TV operator Sky will make its Arts channel free-to-air in the UK, the operator has announced. Starting from September, Sky Arts will launch on free-to-air terrestrial platform Freeview. Comcast-owned Sky said that this reflects “its mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts, at a vital time for the cultural sector.” […]

NBCU’s Peacock ruffled by Android absence & technical errors

NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) streamer Peacock suffered online ignominy on its US-wide launch after its app was missing from Google’s Play Store on both mobile and TV Android devices. The platform, which combines free and premium subscription models, launched in the US on July 15 with over 13,000 hours of programming including iconic sitcoms The Office, Parks […]

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