TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring streamers’ spending habits in 2021

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst for channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, tells Richard Middleton about the predicted spending habits of streamers in 2021. Competition for content is reaching new heights in 2021 following a year in which US studios hauled back programming for their own DTC streaming services. Production hiatuses caused by the […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where US streamers are looking for global originals

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst, channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, explores which countries are proving most attractive as sources of original content for US-based streaming leaders. With the rise of truly global streaming services, content from other countries has never been easier for audiences to access, with many of the market-leading US-based streamers […]

HBO signs ‘Game Of Thrones’ creator George R. R. Martin to five-year deal

George R. R. Martin, the US novelist whose A Song Of Ice And Fire fantasy book series was turned into the HBO hit series Game Of Thrones, has reportedly signed a multi-year deal to create content for that network and its streaming service HBO Max. The deal will run for five years and netted the author an […]

HBO Max to launch in 60 countries by end of 2021, preps baking & Fremantle formats

HBO Max has outlined more details about its global roll-out and upcoming AVOD service while also revealing a new format commission for Fremantle, with the AT&T-owned streamer now predicting it will secure up to 150 million subscribers worldwide by 2025. The streamer, which launched into the hugely competitive US SVOD landscape last year, said it would launch in […]

HBO preps docuseries about ‘Pee-wee Herman’ creator Paul Reubens

US cabler HBO has started work on a two-part documentary exploring the life of artist and actor Paul Reubens. The untitled doc is from HBO Documentary Films and Elara, the US prodco belonging to Josh And Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems), which has a first-look deal with HBO. The Safdie brothers are attached to produce, with Matt […]

WarnerMedia merges HBO & HBO Max production teams, with Sandra Dewey departing

WarnerMedia has combined its HBO and HBO Max teams across production and business affairs, with execs including Sandra Dewey among those to depart. Dewey was most recently president of business operations & production at streamer HBO Max and sibling cablenets TBS, TNT and truTV, but will leave alongside VP of business affairs Pat Kelly. Kelly […]

HBO & Sky acquire Tina Turner doc, to follow theatrical release

HBO and HBO Max in the US and Sky Documentaries in the UK have acquired a new feature documentary about the life and career of US-born Swiss music icon Tina Turner, to air in March following its theatrical release. Produced by UK-and-US-based Lightbox Production, Tina is directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin and produced […]

HBO Max preps surfing docuseries from ‘Love Fraud’ prodco

US cablenet and streaming sibling HBO Max are preparing to launch a docuseries from the prodco behind Showtime’s Love Fraud that tracks surfers attempting to conquer huge waves in Portugal. The six-part 100 Foot Wave is being directed by filmmaker Chris Smith, who exec produces with Joe Lewis. US trio Topic Studios, Library Films and Amplify Pictures are […]

HBO orders Woody Allen child abuse scandal doc; feature-length GameStop drama

WarnerMedia-owned HBO has ordered a new four-part documentary series exploring the decade-spanning child sexual abuse accusations levelled at Hollywood director Woody Allen. Allen v. Farrow is being created by Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, the team behind HBO Max documentary On The Record. It will explore the scandals surrounding Allen’s relationship with film star […]

HBO developing ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel ‘Dunk & Egg’

HBO has reportedly put a series adaptation of fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin’s Game Of Thrones prequel The Tales Of Dunk & Egg into development. The project, based upon the novella series set in the shared world of A Song Of Ice And Fire, is just one of several Game Of Thrones prequel ideas being […]

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