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Comcast expands AVOD battleground with Xumo acquisition

NBCUniversal parent Comcast has made its latest move in the fast-growing AVOD battleground by acquiring US-based service Xumo. The ad-supported streamer was acquired from electronics manufacturer Panasonic and US media giant Meredith Corp for an undisclosed sum, with Comcast-owned CNBC claiming that its parent company had paid around $100m. Xumo offers ad-supported live and on-demand […]

NBCU unveils plans for Peacock, including launch date, originals, cost

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

NBCU confirms Jeff Shell as CEO, replacing Steve Burke who will retire

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has announced the retirement of CEO Steve Burke, with film and network TV boss Jeff Shell set to be his successor. Reports of Burke’s plans to step down emerged last week and the Peacock has now confirmed his retirement will take place at the end of his contract following the 2020 Olympics. Shell […]

Sky plots 32-acre film and TV studio at Elstree

Sky is developing a 32-acre film and TV studio at North London’s Elstree, set to bring about more than 2,000 jobs and a £3bn ($3.8bn) production investment to the UK creative sector. Sky’s new studio space, called Sky Studios Elstree, comes just months after Netflix set up shop at Shepperton Studios with a 14-stage studio […]

NBCUniversal explores making streamer Peacock free for all

  NBCUniversal is planning to give the ad-supported version of OTT TV service Peacock away for free to all, making it the first US media giant to offer a completely free streaming offering, according to a report by CNBC. Comcast had previously planned to offer the new streaming service free of charge to its own […]

NBCU consolidates production under Bonnie Hammer, names Peacock chief

NBCUniversal has moved its TV studios, Universal Television and Universal Content Productions into a single business unit under Bonnie Hammer, with Comcast executive Matt Strauss appointed to oversee new on-demand service Peacock. Hammer, NBCUniversal’s chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, will assume the new title of chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios, reporting directly to CEO Steve […]

Jupiter Entertainment appoints Roc Nation alum as president

Sky-owned Jupiter Entertainment has named producer and former Roc Nation executive Patrick Reardon as president. Reardon replaces Allison Wallach, who plans to step down at the end of the year to explore new options although she remains in discussion with the company about possible roles. Jupiter’s credits include true crime franchises such as Snapped (Oxygen), […]

Sky Vision formally shuttered after NBCUniversal transfer

Distributor and producer Sky Vision has formally ended operations following its parent company’s acquisition by Comcast-backed NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal (NBCU) Global Distribution has incorporated Sky Vision’s sales arm while its deficit funding and production interests, which include Bake Off creator Love Productions, have been moved to the recently formed Sky Studios. The changes, which were first […]

DAZN strikes distribution coup with Comcast

Sports streamer DAZN has announced availability on Comcast’s Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 platforms. This deal marks DAZN’s first distribution agreement with a major US video and internet provider. The OTT platform will be available on Xfinity X1 this Autumn, while it is available now on Xfinity Flex. Daniel Spinosa, vice president of entertainment services […]

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 […]

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