Amazon, HBO Max & Waave among ‘Conversations With Friends’ deals

Amazon, HBO Max, Lionsgate Play and Waave are among a slew of companies to have pre-bought Conversations With Friends, the upcoming BBC and Hulu drama from the team behind Normal People. The 12 x 30-minute drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally Rooney and is being produced by Element Pictures and Endeavor Content, […]

TBI Weekly: How Korea’s wave is changing course

South Korean producers and broadcasters make regular appearances in TBI news but recent deals suggest the country’s content wave could be moving in a new direction, writes Richard Middleton. The Korean wave has been lapping shores in the West for almost a decade now, most notably via K-pop bands like BTS, innovative entertainment formats such as The […]

HBO Max snags Disney+ alum Amit Malhotra for Southeast Asia & India

WarnerMedia has appointed former Disney+ exec Amit Malhotra as managing director for HBO Max in Southeast Asia and India. Malhotra will join the company later this month and report to Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, taking responsibility for the rollout and management of the streaming platform in the region. The exec will also […]

HBO Max orders ‘Bake Off’ in Mexico, marking country’s first unscripted original

HBO Max has ordered its first original unscripted production in Mexico, with a local version of cookery format The Great Bake Off. The 10-part show is being produced by WarnerMedia Latin America, which previously adapted local versions of the Love Productions format in Argentina and Chile. The Mexican version will focus on the baking prowess of local […]

Rocket Rights takes non-US distribution rights to Attica doc

London-based Rocket Rights, the new distribution firm set up by the Frank brothers, has acquired global rights outside of the US to one-off documentary Betrayal At Attica. HBO Max has acquired US streaming rights to the 1 x 60-minute doc that explores the events behind the 1971 riot at Attica prison, which led to the […]

WarnerMedia confirms price for ad-supported HBO Max

WarnerMedia has announced that a cheaper ad-supported tier of HBO Max will launch in June, costing $9.99 per month. The news, which confirms recent reports, was revealed at WarnerMedia’s Upfront. HBO original shows – such as iconic hits like Game Of Thrones and Mare Of Easttown – will not carry advertising, while content from other brands […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What might a combined Discovery & WarnerMedia look like?

AT&T’s decision to spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery took the industry by surprise. TBI editor Richard Middleton explores what lies behind the deal and what we know about the proposed organisation so far. The flurry of global streamer launches over the past 18 months was always likely to be followed by some […]

HBO Max orders Dominican family comedy from Sony Pictures Television

HBO Max is pushing further into comedy with a Sony Pictures Television (SPT) series that has Eva Longoria attached. Gordita Chronicles follows a willful, 12-year-old Dominican girl who struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream. Longoria directed the pilot and will serve as executive producer for her Unbelievable Entertainment […]

HBO Max brings Spanish graphic novel ‘García’ to life

HBO Max has greenlit a Spanish-language adaptation of graphic novel García, ahead of the streamer’s launch in the country later this year. The show, also titled García, is being produced by Zeta Studios and is set in a present-day Spain that is on the brink of political chaos. The story follows an inquisitive millennial investigative reporter who […]

MGM & HBO Max ride the K-pop wave with new talent shows

US-based MGM Television and WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max are both looking to capitalise on the K-pop phenomenon, with two different competition shows in development. MGM Television has partnered with producer Soo-Man Lee and his Korean giant SM Entertainment to develop a K-pop competition series to recruit members for a new unit of the popular boy group […]