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HBO Max remakes UK format with Ellen DeGeneres as part of new slate

HBO Max has struck a far-reaching deal with talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres that will see her working on four new shows for the forthcoming streamer, including a reboot of UK format First Dates Hotel. The show will be based on the format created for Channel 4 by Warner Bros.-owned Twenty Twenty Productions, which follows single […]

HBO Max sets out non-fiction originals team

HBO Max has bolstered its original non-fiction team with execs from CNN, Karga Seven and Pulse Creative.  The service has hired Lizzie Fox as SVP of non-fiction programming, while Rebecca Quinn has been made VP of non-fiction original programming. Both execs will report into former Lionsgate exec Jennifer O’Connell, who joined as EVP of original […]

Discovery CEO David Zaslav focuses on factual amid scripted mega-deals

David Zaslav believes Discovery’s focus on factual content and sports will differentiate it from globally dominant rivals such as Netflix and has suggested that fear lies behind recent mega-deals for shows such as The Big Bang Theory. Discovery CEO Zaslav has overseen a fast-growing operation over recent years, expanding the reach of its Eurosport operation […]

Warner Media’s HBO Max strikes rich deal for ‘The Big Bang Theory’

WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer HBO Max has snapped up exclusive rights to hit comedy The Big Bang Theory after striking a deal with sibling studio Warner Bros. HBO Max has struck a five-year agreement that will see all 12 seasons of the series, totalling 279 episodes, become available on the streamer from its launch in spring […]

HBO Max orders zany competition series, promises more unscripted originals

HBO Max has made its first unscripted orders, picking up a pair of eccentric competition series. WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer has handed 10-part straight-to-series orders to Legendary and The Greatest Space. Legendary is a fun take on voguing, which is a style of modern dance accompanied by outrageous fashion get-ups, all inspired by the hit Madonna […]

WarnerMedia centralises distribution leadership for HBO, Turner

WarnerMedia has centralised leadership of it distribution business, with a new exec team that has oversight of brands including HBO and Turner.  Long-time execs Sofia Chang and Rich Warren will serve as presidents of WarnerMedia Distribution, with oversight of HBO, forthcoming streamer HBO Max, Cinemax and the Turner channels. The exec will report into Gerhard […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

The CW claims streaming rights to new shows including ‘Batwoman’

US broadcaster The CW is to offer viewers exclusive streaming access to its shows during their current seasons, starting with drama trio Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Katy Keene. The arrangement comes after The CW’s parents, Warner Bros and CBS, ended a deal with Netflix that provided the US-based streamer with full seasons of the network’s […]

HBO Max scores major licensing coup for BBC content

HBO Max has scooped up exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who via a major licensing deal with BBC Studios. The WarnerMedia-owned platform has acquired streaming rights to the current season, along with 10 other seasons of the rebooted sci-fi show, which was re-launched on BBC One in 2005 after a 16-year absence. The programme, which […]

HBO Max explores Greek mythology with ‘Circe’

WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max has ordered a Greek mythology drama based on Madeline Miller’s novel Circe. The eight-part show, also to be known as Circe, is being written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, with Chernin Entertainment producing alongside Endeavor Content. It will be a […]