Friends


AT&T boss: WarnerMedia will take back ‘Friends’ for its SVOD

AT&T boss Randall Stephenson has said that the business will pull back titles such as Friends and The Big Bang Theory for its own platforms in the near future.  Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston on Tuesday (14 May), the exec highlighted that WarnerMedia’s “key video product” will be integral in driving revenue […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Netflix & WarnerMedia strike $100m deal for Friends

Netflix is due to pay WarnerMedia $100m to place Warner Bros. hit Friends on its platform throughout 2019, according to The New York Times. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the streamer’s license for the New York-based sitcom was due to end in January 2019, sending an uproar among its fanbase. Netflix was quick to […]

Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon partner for new show

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have partnered up to star in a new drama series about American morning TV shows. The series is said to be written by House of Cards’ Jay Carson and hails from former HBO drama head Michael Ellenberg, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Ellenberg will executive produce the unnamed […]

Kauffman sets dramas with HBO, Amazon

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has sold miniseries dramas to premium US outlets HBO and Amazon Prime Video. The HBO project is based on Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and counts Homeland creator Gideon Raff as an executive producer, while Amazon’s Emmis is based on Israeli drama Shtisel. We Are All […]

Viacom rejigs Comedy Central, MTV management

Viacom has implemented a new management structure at Comedy Central and MTV in the UK, giving Louise Holmes (above) a new programming role across both channels. Holmes has been running programming at Comedy Central, but will take on the newly-created role of vice president, linear and multiplatform programming, which covers the comedy channel as well […]

Friends star Schwimmer returns to Channel 4

David Schwimmer (above, far right) is to star in a new Channel 4 comedy from Nighty Night writer Julia Davis. Endemol Shine Group-owned Brown Eyed Boy in association with Sony Pictures Television is to produce Morning Has Broken, which follows the fortunes of a failing morning television show. Schwimmer will play an American television executive […]

Friends to air on UK terrestrial

US network sitcom Friends will air on UK terrestrial Channel 5 for one day later this month. The Warner Bros.-owned show will run on the network between 12pm and 5pm on September 21, as Channel 5 owner Viacom, which has rights to Friends in Britain, celebrates the series’ 21st This marks the second time a […]

Comedy Central UK buys NBC comedy

Pay TV channel Comedy Central UK has acquired NBC multi-cam comedy Undateable, just days after it renewed high-rating sitcom Friends. Comedy Central’s latest deal wit Friends distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution comprises all seasons of Undateable, including the upcoming third. Undateable, from Warner Bros. Television and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, follows a carefree 30-year-old […]

Comedy Central keeps in contact with Friends

Comedy Central UK has retained local rights to evergreen American sitcom Friends for another four years. The Viacom International Media Networks-owned pay channel first broadcast Friends in 2011 after E4 had relinquished rights. A new deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution means Comedy Central remains the show’s exclusive UK home. Comedy Central said 32.1 […]