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Hulu hires YouTube exec for acquisitions

Hulu has hired former YouTube TV exec Heather Moosnick to drive its content acquisition strategy across live and on-demand programming. Moosnick is joining The Handmaid’s Tale SVOD as senior VP of content partnerships – a role that will see her lead on acquisitions of everything from full library series and films to current network TV […]

UK government targets digital giants with revenue tax

The UK government has called on digital platforms including Facebook and Amazon to “pay their fair share” with a 2% revenue tax. For the first time, the government has instituted a Digital Services Tax on the “revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces, reflecting the value they derive from UK users.” The […]

Netflix & OTT services drive record $748bn brand value for 2018

Entertainment brands such as Netflix have aided a 21% growth in brand value to $748 billion for 2018, according to Brand Z – Kantar Millward Brown’s brand equity platform. Netflix is one of the biggest contributors to growth, climbing 31 places from last year to 61st place in Brand Z’s top 100 list. The platform […]

NBCU & Google partner for VR content

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

BBC boss fears threat of digital giants

BBC director general Tony Hall is again attacking the threat of the US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic change” is […]

Mattel names ex-Endemol & Maker Studios boss chair

Former Endemol, Maker Studios and Fox Kids Europe boss Ynon Kreiz has been named non-executive chairman of kids TV and entertainment company Mattel. Kreiz (pictured) has been a director at the Califonia-based toy giant since June last year, and will now succeed executive chairman Christopher Sinclair, who is retiring. “Over the past several months, the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery hire Google exec to lead 7TV

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications have named Google executive Alexandar Vassilev as CEO of their recently launched German streaming service 7TV. Vassilev starts with immediate effect and joins from Google in the US where he has worked for the past ten years, most recently as product manager for Google Search. Vassilev will report to the 7TV […]

Netflix and web giants protest as FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

Netflix and other web giants have lashed out after US legislators voted to repeal net neutrality laws in the US, in a move that was welcomed by internet service providers (ISPs). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted three to two in favour of rolling back rules that were introduced during the Obama administration, with the […]

Disney resumes Fox takeover talks – report

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly reopened talks with Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox over the latter’s entertainment assets. News Disney had first gone in for Fox’s TV and film businesses emerged early last month, but those negotiations led to nothing. Disney is known to be in acquisitive mood ahead of the launch of […]

Google: YouTube should not be regulated like a broadcaster

Google’s European president Matt Brittin has said it is “appropriate” that YouTube is not subject to the same regulations as broadcasters and newspapers. Speaking at an RTS event in London this week, Google’s president of EMEA business and operations rejected the idea that YouTube is essentially broadcaster and should be treated as such in the […]

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