The CW & Discovery+ investigate scripted thriller ‘Sherlock & Daughter’

Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streamer Discovery+ in the UK & Ireland and The CW in the US have ordered scripted mystery thriller Sherlock & Daughter, starring Harry Potter actor David Thewlis as fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Hailing from Starlings Television Distribution, Albion Television and StoryFirst, the series is led by showrunner and executive producer James Duff […]

Round-up: GRB unveils deals ahead of NATPE; ‘Beep And Mort’ go global

GRB unveils NATPE deals Discovery in Spain has extended its deal for five seasons of Untold Stories Of The ER, ahead of NATPE Global which starts today in Miami. The medical docuseries re-enacts real-life stories of the emergency room and is among a raft of deals for GRB Media Ranch. The company has also sold […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How US streamers compared for hours & titles in Q3 2023

US-based streamers have been adjusting their catalogues over the past year, resulting in some notable shifts in the amount of content carried by key players. Omdia’s Tim Westcott dissects the data to pull out the key findings. Streamers in the US found it tough going last year as strikes, rising production costs and a focus […]

Warner Bros. Discovery buys local Turkish drama streamer BluTV

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has acquired Turkish drama streamer BluTV, marking the first such deal for the US studio giant since its formation. Blu TV, which was launched in 2016 and offers more than 10,000 hours of local and international series and movies, struck a pact with WBD in 2021 that saw its Discovery+ streamer […]

A+E Factual Studios hires Netflix alum Jhamal Robinson to head production

A+E Factual Studios has appointed Netflix and Discovery alum Jhamal Robinson to the newly created role of EVP, head of production. Robinson joins the company, which is part of US-based A+E Networks, to oversee all its productions through its labels Category 6 Media and Six West Media. Based in Los Angeles and reporting to A+E […]

Discovery+ dramedy ‘Everyone But Us’ travels to Germany & Netherlands

Broadcasters in the Netherlands and Germany have picked up Swedish comedy drama Everyone But Us, following a deal with Eccho Rights. NPO3 and NPO Plus have taken rights in Netherlands, whilst One Gate Media has licensed the free TV rights for NDR Germany as well as the VOD rights for German speaking Europe. The story […]

Warner Bros. Discovery doubles down on linear in Japan with J:COM pact

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is expanding its linear networks in Japan after expanding a partnership with local telco J:COM. The multi-year deal, which began 1 August, means there will now be seven WBD-owned networks available in Japan, up from two previously. The expanded portfolio brings together Discovery, Animal Planet, Mondo, Tabi, Cartoon Network, Movie+ and […]

UKTV names Sony, Discovery & Fremantle alum as factual & fact ent commissioner

UKTV has appointed former Sony, Discovery and Fremantle exec Tracy-Jean as commissioning executive across factual and factual entertainment. The exec, known as TJ, will executive produce programmes across UKTV’s Yesterday, W, Gold and Dave channels, as well as working closely with independent production companies to develop new programmes. TJ will report to Helen Nightingale, UKTV’s […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Making sense of North America’s pay-TV & streaming landscape

North America’s pay-TV & streaming landscape is shifting fast. Sarah Henschel, principal analyst at Omdia, puts recent events into context and outlines four key trends to watch. Over the past two years, direct-to-consumer services in North America have grown significantly. With so many “must have” streaming services saturating the market, consumers began exhibiting “churn and […]

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