Filmstruck


Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

Filmstruck hires MUBI exec as int’l content director

Turner International and Warner Bros.’ streamer Filmstruck, has appointed MUBI’s Quentin Carbonell as the UK-based director of content and editorial for its international arm. Carbonell, who joined this month, will lead the service’s international content acquisition, programming and curation across all regions. He will also be responsible for defining and executing the service’s overall editorial […]

Filmstruck launches in France and Spain

Turner and Warner Bros are launching their joint-venture subscription film streaming service, Filmstruck, in France and Spain. The European expansion follows Filmstruck’s February launch in the UK in association with cinema brand Curzon. This was the first international rollout for the SVOD service, which initially launched in the US in 2016. Targeted at movie lovers, […]

Turner SVOD arthouse service launches on Roku

Filmstruck, the Turner-owned SVOD dedicated to arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films, has launched on Roku devices in the US. The launch comes after Filmstruck added Chromecast support in February, with launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One due to follow “soon”. The service is already available via the browser, on iOS and Android devices, […]

Turner ups Meraz & hires from NBCU

US media group Turner has promoted buyer Valerie Meraz to a senior VP role, and hired a talent exec from NBCUniversal-owned SVOD platform Fandango. Valerie Meraz (pictured) has been upped from VP, programme acquisitions to SVP, content acquisitions and strategy for the TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and SVOD […]

Louis C.K., Amy Sedaris series for Turner channels

American comedy icons Louis C.K. and Amy Sedaris are creating new shows for Turner’s US cable networks. Louis creator and stand-up comedian Louis C.K (pictured). and Albert Brooks will executive produce and star in TBS animated ten-part series The Cops (WT), while Sedaris is working up a currently-untitled half-hour comedy for TruTV. The Cops will […]

Turner creates international digital division

Turner has tasked Aksel van der Wal with establishing a new division that will focus on international digital innovation. Van der Wal (pictured) is currently senior VP and CFO of Turner International, but has been promoted to executive VP, digital ventures and innovation, effective January 1, 2017. The division will house Turner’s direct-to-consumer products. Its […]

Turner SVOD service debuts this month

Turner’s new subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films is debuting this month. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck is due to launch in the US on October 19 targeted at a niche audience of devoted film fans and cinefiles. FilmStruck will cost […]