Facebook rolls out Watch platform globally

Facebook is to roll out its Watch service globally, one year after the service was launched in the US. The service will immediately be available to all publishers and content creators, who can now publish content worldwide. Facebook’s global rollout will also include a new feature: the platform’s Ad Breaks program will be stretched to […]

Spotify appoints ex-CW exec as chief content officer

Spotify has appointed Condé Nast’s president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, as its chief content officer, overseeing partnerships across music, audio and video. Ostfoff, who has a strong background in television, replaces Stefan Blom, who was the music streaming service’s New York-based chief strategy and content officer until earlier this year. Ostroff helped to found Condé […]

EU bodies agree 30% quota on SVOD services

The European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission have struck a preliminary deal on revisions to the audiovisual media services directive that will see new quotas imposed on subscription video-on-demand services. The new rules will include an obligation on OTT TV services, promoted by the Parliament, to respect a quota of 30% for European […]

Ex-Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief Nathan Brown (pictured) and […]

TBI’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Though a combined ‘AT&Warner’ equals a distribution and content monolith, just image the scale if Apple bought Disney or Netflix. CEO Tim Cook this week said tech conglom Apple was “intensely interested” in TV content companies, comments that equated to our number one story of the week. Our MIPCOM takeaways, Netflix’s latest cash raise plans, […]

Ford to head sales as Content unifies TV and film

Line of Duty distributor Content Media Corporation is bring TV and film sales together, with Jonathan Ford running the new combined operation. Content, which has backing from China’s Seven Stars Entertainment, said the way the TV and film industries are evolving has driven the decision to unify sales across both. London and LA-based Content’s key […]

Idris Elba heading to Cannes with Content

TV and film star Idris Elba is heading to MIPTV to promote Mandela, My Dad and Me, his personal journey doc. The doc is being sold internationally by Content Media, which will host a reception for buyers with Elba and the production team. No broadcaster is attached to Mandela, My Dad and Me yet, which […]

Buyers circled CableReady before closure

DRG and Content Media Corp. were among those that came close to acquiring the assets of Canadian distributor before it decided to close operations yesterday, it is understood. The distributors both held talks with CableReady CEO Gary Lico (left) over a deal to take on the company’s assets after it had gone into Chapter 11 […]

Larry King launching at NATPE

Larry King’s new talkshow will launch internationally at NATPE next week and the chat show host will be in Miami to promote the series. Content Television is handling international sales of Larry King Now. The half-hour ongoing series is carried on Ora TV in the US, the online channel founded by king and Carlos Slim. […]

HBO launches Alex Gibney church doc

HBO has commissioned Alex Gibney to produce feature documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God, exposing the abuse of power in the Catholic Church. The documentary, which is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released theatrically later this year and will launch on the US premium cable network next […]