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Disney hires Google veteran to lead streamer Disney+ Hotstar in India

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in India, including […]

Exclusive: YouTube-owner Google looks to create diverse scripted ‘pathway’

YouTube owner Google is looking to bring more diverse voices into the scripted side of the industry by providing a route to market for under-represented creatives. Elle Roth-Brunet, head of content & entertainment partnerships at the internet giant, told TBI here at SeriesFest in Denver that it wants to provide a “pathway” for under-represented directors […]

YouTube TV launches 4K viewing & offline downloads

YouTube TV, the cord-cutting OTT service from Google’s video platform of the same name, has introduced 4K viewing and offline downloads. The oft-requested features are a part of YouTube TV’s new 4K Plus add-on, which will cost users an additional $19.99 per month. YouTube is running a promotion for early adopters who will get the […]

Roku hits out at Google as YouTube TV dispute hots up

Roku has warned users that YouTube TV could disappear from their devices as its legal battle with Google gatherers pace. The streaming device maker published a statement on Monday in which Roku accuses Google of attempting to control the platform’s user experience. A spokesperson for Roku said: “Google is attempting to use its YouTube monopoly […]

YouTube reveals ‘$30bn payments to creatives’ in last three years

YouTube has paid more than $30bn to creators, media companies and artists over the past three years, according to its CEO. Susan Wojcicki revealed the figure in a letter to creatives, in which she pointed to a recent report from Oxford Economics that found that the Google-owned AVOD operator had added “approximately $16bn to the […]

Google plans $4.5bn investment in digital arm of India’s Reliance

Google is to invest $4.5bn in Indian media giant Reliance Industries, including acquiring a stake in its digital platforms. The YouTube owner will be buying a 7.7% interest in Reliance’s Jio Platforms, the company’s digital unit which contains music and movie apps, as well as its telecoms business Jio Infocomm. The latter is the largest […]

YouTube unveils $100m content fund ‘to amplify black voices’

YouTube has revealed the first project to emerge from a new $100m content fund designed to “amplify black voices” on the Google-owned service. While details of the new fund remain scant, the first show to be supported is titled Bear Witness, Take Action. The 90-minute special is described as “a conversation aiming to unite and […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Painting Covid-19’s impact by numbers

Lockdown might be the new normal for large swathes of the world’s population but its myriad effects on content-skewing companies – and their bottom lines – remain tough to pin down. Things are becoming clearer however, as quarterly results, viewing figures and strategy tweaks come into plainer view. Here are five key figures from the […]

Disney hires Google, BBC Studios alum to head finance, strategy & ops at streaming division

Discovery has hired Google and former BBC Worldwide exec Neil Chugani as chief financial officer and head of strategy & operations for its direct-to-consumer business. The newly-created role will see Chugani charged with the division’s financial strategy, working with Discovery’s DTC teams across the US and international markets. He joins from Google, where he had […]

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