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BBC Two, HBO explore Silicon Valley with ‘Leaving Neverland’ director Dan Reed

BBC Two and HBO have commissioned a four-part documentary series about Silicon Valley that is being executive produced by Leaving Neverland’s Dan Reed. The Tech Transformers (4 x 60 minutes, working title) aims to give viewers an insight into how the past decade has unfolded in Silicon Valley, focusing on the impact that companies such […]

Disney+ downloads exceed 15 million, sending shares to record high

Disney+ has been downloaded more than 15 million times and generated $5m via in-app purchases since its launch less than two weeks ago, according to new research. The data, provided by US research outfit Apptopia, helped power shares in the Mouse House to an all-time high of $151.64 on Tuesday, although Disney+ growth has not […]

Former HBO docs boss Sheila Nevins rounds out doc slate at MTV

Former HBO documentary titan Sheila Nevins is rounding out a robust, issue-driven documentary slate at MTV. The exec, who was appointed head of MTV Documentary Films earlier this year, has commissioned new projects from Alexandra Pelosi, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and Alexandra Shiva. Pelosi – who is the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

Apple TV+ poised for production pact with HBO alum Richard Plepler

Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who left the US cabler in March, is close to agreeing an exclusive production deal with Apple TV+. The pact would see his New York City-based prodco, RLP & Co, create original content for the streamer, which launched at the start of the month. The deal is being led by […]

WarnerMedia lifts lid on HBO Max, confirms plans for AVOD version

AT&T has officially lifted the lid on HBO Max, announcing that the streamer will launch in May 2020 at US$14.99 per month and confirming plans for an AVOD option.  The streamer will launch with 10,000 hours of content and, as previously reported, existing AT&T HBO customers and HBO Now direct-billed subscribers will receive the new […]

Sky Arts, Hulu, SBS acquire Margaret Atwood doc from Kew Media

Sky Arts in the UK, US streamer Hulu and SBS in Australia are among buyers of a documentary about Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel The Testaments. Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power (1 x 92 minutes and 1 x 78 minutes) follows the famous […]

HBO joins BBC’s sexual consent drama from Michaela Coel, moves from BBC Two

HBO has joined the BBC’s forthcoming Michaela Coel-starring drama that explores sexual consent in contemporary life, with the UK pubcaster shifting the channel on which it will now air. January 22nd is being written by Coel and is described as a “fearless, frank and provocative” show that explores dating and relationships, as well as “the […]

WarnerMedia’s Greenblatt: HBO Max is “wide open” for global acquisitions, co-pros

WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt has set out HBO Max’s global ambitions, calling for international acquisitions and co-productions for the forthcoming platform. Speaking at MIPCOM’s ‘Personality of the Year’ keynote on Tuesday (15 October), Greenblatt said there is now “great international programming from around the world that, five or six years ago, would be unheard of”. […]

Showtime swoops for HBO’s cancelled Vice news show

US cable channel Showtime has picked up news magazine series Vice following its HBO cancellation. The ViacomCBS-owned channel has swooped for rights to the 13-part programme, which will debut next spring. HBO pulled the plug on the show, Vice News Tonight, back in June, ending a seven-year relationship with Vice. The series was nominated for […]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ helps UK to dominant Emmys display

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy Fleabag were among the standout winners at the 71st Emmy Awards in LA last night, in what turned out to be a trophy-laden night for UK shows and their stars. Fleabag beat off competition from HBO’s Veep and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel to secure the […]