HBO Max sets European launch dates

WarnerMedia has unveiled the launch dates for HBO Max’s first European launches. The streaming platform will launch in Europe on 26 October with Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra being the first six countries to have access to the service. Next year HBO Max will become available in another 14 territories where the media […]

HBO & HBO Max snag North American rights to France’s ‘Laetitia’

WarnerMedia’s HBO has picked up North American TV and streaming rights to six-episode French drama Laetitia. The show, which is sold by France TV Distribution, was written and directed by Murder On A Sunday Morning’s Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and became the first French series to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. It […]

HBO cancels ‘Lovecraft Country’

HBO has opted not to return Misha Green’s horror series Lovecraft Country for a second season. Produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television Studios, the series was based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name and tackled a blend of horror, sci-fi, historical drama, social commentary […]

WarnerMedia credits film strategy as HBO Max nears 10 million subs

WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max is approaching 10 million subscribers as it comes up to one year on the market. The company confirmed that it had added 2.8 million subscribers during the most recent quarter to a total of 9.7 million HBO Max retail subscribers. This is up from 6.9 million at the end of 2020. […]

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 […]

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