TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

Cottonwood, ZDF, ZDFE, HBO Max & Globo to co-pro ‘Theodosia’ adaptation

French kids prodco Cottonwood Media, German pubcaster ZDF, its co-pro and distribution arm ZDF Enterprises, US streamer HBO Max and Brazilian media giant Globo have teamed up to co-produce Theodosia, a new live-action Egyptology-themed kids series. The 26 x 30-minute series is produced by Cottonwood Media’s David Michel, Cécile Lauritano and Zoé Carrera Allaix, while Joe Williams (Hank Zipzer’s Christmas […]

WarnerMedia merges HBO & HBO Max production teams, with Sandra Dewey departing

WarnerMedia has combined its HBO and HBO Max teams across production and business affairs, with execs including Sandra Dewey among those to depart. Dewey was most recently president of business operations & production at streamer HBO Max and sibling cablenets TBS, TNT and truTV, but will leave alongside VP of business affairs Pat Kelly. Kelly […]

HBO Max orders JJ Abrams mystery thriller

HBO Max has ordered a new thriller series based upon an original idea by Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams. Subject To Change is being produced by Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams and showrunner Jennifer Yale will executive produce, alongside Ben Stephenson, while Rachel Rusch Rich will co-executive produce. The series follows a […]

TBI Weekly: How streamers are putting kids first

In the global streamers’ ongoing battle to claim the best IP, everything is up for grabs, with services digging in their heels to take everything from top formats to great factual and scripted content. But recent days have particularly seen a growing demand for children’s programming, with streaming heavyweights targeting younger demographics to draw in […]

WarnerMedia supercharges HBO Max, Cartoon Network with 300-hours of kids shows

WarnerMedia has commissioned more than 300 hours of new original live-action and animated children’s content, as part of a commitment to expand its kids and family offering across all its platforms. The content offering will cover original series, special and acquisitions for all kids age ranges, including preschoolers, 6-11-year-olds and family co-viewing, and will debut […]

TBI Weekly: Five global kids TV trends to look out for in 2021

With the first week of Kidscreen drawing to a close today, Rob Moyser, senior analyst for TV & online video at TBI sibling OMDIA, considers what 2021 has in store for the kids TV sector. From new streamers locking down premium IP to an anime boom, the continuing impact of the pandemic and platforms striking partnerships […]

HBO Max to launch in 39 Lat Am & Caribbean territories in June

HBO Max will expand to 39 territories across Latin America and the Carribean in June, WarnerMedia has confirmed. The long-expected expansion will mark the first time that the premium SVOD will be available outside of the US, with plans also in the works to convert existing HBO OTT products across Europe into HBO Max over […]

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