‘West Wing’ reunion special set at HBO Max

HBO Max has commissioned a special The West Wing reunion, bringing the cast and creators of the political drama back together for the first time in 17 years to raise awareness of the When We All Vote campaign. A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote will premiere on the streaming service this […]

HBO Europe hires Pinewood, SVT alum Christian Wikander to lead in Nordics

HBO Europe has appointed former SVT drama exec Christian Wikander to oversee all development and production in the Nordics. Wikander, who was most recently MD of Twelve Town (fka as Pinewood Television), becomes commissioning editor & VP of original programming for HBO Nordic, with a remit across all development and production from the region. He […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Reflecting on results & Disney’s direct model

Ed Barton & Tim Westcott, senior analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, explore what the recent half-year results tell us about Covid-19’s impact on programming spend and provide their take on the global impact of Disney’s decision earlier this year to close its UK kids channels. Public media companies have been releasing financial reports for the […]

HBO Max takes Comedy Central live-action amid ViacomCBS animation focus

WarnerMedia’s recently launched streamer HBO Max has struck a deal to acquire three live-action shows from ViacomCBS-owned Comedy Central. The agreement means the upcoming second seasons of The Other Two and South Side, which are both produced by Comedy Central Productions, will move onto HBO Max as originals. The Other Two, which debuted in January, […]

WarnerMedia cuts jobs & restructures, with Bob Greenblatt & Kevin Reilly to exit

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia has become the latest US giant to overhaul its operations to focus on streaming, with some of its most senior execs set to depart. The major restructuring around HBO Max will see Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, departing along with Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max and president of TNT, […]

SVODs leading the way with LGBT+ content

SVOD operators around the world are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content, according to new research from UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. A report from the group found that between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered movies or series with LGBT+ themes. Eighty percent of those commissions were destined for on-demand […]

Ava DuVernay to helm Twitter-inspired filmmaking series for HBO Max

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is to exec produce and narrate a new docuseries for HBO Max inspired by and named after the popular Twitter account One Perfect Shot. The original Twitter account celebrates iconic shots from films and TV shows, while each episode of this half-hour unscripted series will see one acclaimed director “pull back the […]

Global SVOD subscriptions soar by 28% in 2019, research suggests

Global SVOD subscriptions grew by more than a quarter in 2019, a year with a number of high-profile streaming service launches and an ongoing trend towards cord-cutting. According to Digital TV Research, the number of gross subscriptions grew by 28% in the year to 642 million up from 503 million the year prior. Showing the […]

TBI Weekly: What next for the novel adaptation boom?

With drama producers around the world being forced to put filming on hiatus, development has taken centre-stage, something apparent in the recent flurry of news emerging about novel adaptations and option deals. TBI explores what’s next for the literary boom. Novels have been adapted for the screen pretty much since the day that the first […]

HBO Max exec Michael Quigley tapped for NATPE Streaming Plus keynote

HBO Max’s EVP of acquisitions Michael Quigley has been announced as the opening keynote speaker at NATPE Streaming Plus, which is moving to a fully virtual format. Quigley will kick off the four-day conference, which will run from 14-17 September and see execs from companies including Fox, Pluto, Tubi and Univision discussing topics including monetisation, […]

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