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Sky and HBO order true crime series from Working Title TV

Sky and HBO have greenlit The Case Against Adnan Syed, a four-hour documentary series directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis). The series will explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed (pictured). The […]

HBO picks up Obama doc The Final Year

HBO has picked up exclusive rights to The Final Year, which follows former President Obama’s foreign policy team during his last year in office. HBO will debut the doc on May 21. It will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms. The Final Year takes an insider’s […]

Adapting audio: Why podcasts are making it big in TV

A string of networks from HBO to Amazon have adapted podcasts for the small screen, with many more set to come. Kaltrina Bylykbashi speaks to television producers and pod creators on what makes the platform so compelling. Since Serial launched in 2014, showing the potential of podcasts to engage mass audiences, there has been a […]

Hulu sells discounted HBO ahead of Westworld return

Hulu is giving subscribers a discount on HBO, ahead of the return of Westworld for its second season on the platform. Subscribers of the streaming platform who don’t have HBO on the platform can now gain a discount for six months, priced at $4.99 (£3.49) per month. After the period, the price will go back up […]

HBO greenlights comedy pilot from Fleabag duo & eOne

HBO has ordered a romantic comedy thriller from Fleabag duo Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones, with Entertainment One (eOne) producing alongside the pair’s own prodco. Named Run, the pilot is written by Jones and is about ex-lovers who made a pact that if they ever needed to escape their daily lives they would message each […]

RTVE and commercial rivals launch OTT platform to test SVOD

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and commercial broadcasters Atresmedia and Mediaset plan to launch a joint OTT TV platform that could see them compete with the likes of Netflix, Movistar+, HBO and Sky in the Spanish market. The three broadcasters initially plan to launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV connected television standard, that […]

NBCU has ‘best US skinny bundle’ networks

NBCUniversal networks were the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five channels groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they would […]

HBO kicks on with first Europe-Lat Am copro

HBO’s European and Latin American arms are springboarding off the upcoming football FIFA World Cup in Russia to coproduce together for the first time. The pair is working up ten-part documentary Destino Rusia 2018, which will tells stories of “passion, friendship, solidarity and achievement in the world of football, as told by leading players from […]

Ex-Obama aides take Pod Save America to HBO

HBO is working with Pod Save America, a political podcast group created by former Obama staffers, for a series of hour-long specials that will follow the autumn campaign trail in the US. The podcast was created by Jon Favreau (pictured), Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, who made the deal with HBO via their Crooked Media […]

TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

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