MIPCOM 2019: The Big Deals

As MIPCOM closes its doors after another frenetic market, TBI explores some of the big deals to emerge this year in Cannes. DRAMA With new streamers in town, scripted business was again frisk along the Croisette, with one of those new entrants, Topic, picking up rights to StudioCanal shows Vernon Subutex and Danish comedy drama […]

Exclusive: Disney+ hunts ‘chaste YA’ as SVODs descend on Cannes

The streaming giants are gathering force and playing ball with producers and distributors, with the likes of new SVODs Disney+, HBO Max, Apple Kids and Topic taking Cannes by storm. This edition of MIPCOM was the first at which family-friendly Disney was looking to buy for its streaming service, which will launch on 12 November. […]

HBO Max adds Fox, Universal, A+E execs to work across drama

HBO Max has added executives from Fox Entertainment, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and A+E Studios to work across the forthcoming streamer’s growing scripted slate. Former Fox exec Roberto Alcantara, Universal’s Chika Chukudebelu and A+E’s Mark Tuohy have all become VP of drama at the WarnerMedia outfit, with a remit to create originals for the streamer. […]

WarnerMedia’s Greenblatt: HBO Max is “wide open” for global acquisitions, co-pros

WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt has set out HBO Max’s global ambitions, calling for international acquisitions and co-productions for the forthcoming platform. Speaking at MIPCOM’s ‘Personality of the Year’ keynote on Tuesday (15 October), Greenblatt said there is now “great international programming from around the world that, five or six years ago, would be unheard of”. […]

HBO Max bolsters kids offering with expansive ‘Sesame Street’ deal

HBO Max is bulking up its kids offering by striking a deal with Sesame Street prodco Sesame Workshop for new series and library content. Four new series are in the works including The Not Too Late Show With Elmo, which is a family-friendly version of a late-night talkshow and will include characters from Sesame Street. […]

HBO Max names Disney, TBS alums for animation and family roles

HBO Max has appointed former TBS original programming exec Billy Wee to oversee animation and named a former Disney exec to work across its kids output. Wee becomes SVP of original animation for the streaming service while Nikki Reed has been named VP of kids and family scripted originals. Both report to Jennifer O’Connell, EVP […]

WarnerMedia names Otter Media CEO to oversee HBO Max design

WarnerMedia has outlined the leadership team that will develop the non-content side of its forthcoming streamer HBO Max, with two Otter Media execs appointed to key roles. The team will be led by Otter CEO Tony Goncalves, who will report to WarnerMedia chairman Robert Greenblatt, and is responsible for areas including product design, customer experience […]

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 […]