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AVOD poses “existential threat” to broadcast, says Endemol Shine sales boss

AVOD companies such as Tubi, Roku and Pluto TV pose an “existential threat” to the future of traditional broadcasters, according to Endemol Shine International sales boss Matt Creasey. Ad-supported streamers have rapidly emerged as a key partner for major distributors over the past 12 months, with companies such as Endemol Shine able to effectively monetise […]

Exclusive: Endemol Shine’s sales rejig revealed, new Asia ‘MasterChef’ deal

Endemol Shine Group’s global sales division has rejigged the remits of its senior management team following the departure of long-serving CEO Cathy Payne. Endemol Shine International chief Payne confirmed plans to step down late last year, as revealed by TBI, with her remit now taken up by three existing senior execs. TBI understands ESI’s LA-based […]

ViacomCBS unveils global restructure, with new role for Maria Kyriacou

ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks leadership team, with new roles for senior execs including former ITV Studios International boss Maria Kyriacou. The newly merged company has broken its ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) group into two brand divisions and three pan-regional management hubs, reporting to David Lynn, president and CEO of (VCNI). New roles & […]

Exclusive: Kew Media shares fall again as private equity explore options

Private equity companies have emerged as the most likely to buy Line Of Duty distributor Kew Media Group (KMG), which saw its shares fall another 20% yesterday after the company defaulted on its credit facility. Kew initiated a strategic review of the business last week, admitting the company could be split up or sold and […]

Amazon reels in YouTubers for French scripted/unscripted hybrid

Amazon has signed up a raft of YouTube talent for its latest French original that has been described as a “unique format at the crossroads of scripted and unscripted TV”. True Story is a six-part show that will be hosted by six French YouTubers, with Warner Bros International Television Production France producing alongside Talent Web/Webedia. […]

Exclusive: Pluto TV hires director of European partnerships

Pluto TV has hired a director of European partnerships as it looks to expand its EMEA operations, TBI can confirm. Long-time Vivendi exec Guillaume Rosier has joined the ViacomCBS-owned AVOD platform as director of business development and partnerships for Europe. Based out of Paris, he is to report into the Berlin-based Olivier Jollet, MD for […]

Vice bets big on news as Studios arm lines up Netflix, Amazon projects

Vice Media Group’s head of international Dominique Delport is betting big on the youth brand’s news division, which is set for international expansion alongside its latest asset, women’s publisher Refinery29.   Speaking to the UK’s Broadcasting Press Guild on Thursday (28 November), Delport proclaimed that “news is back” and that there is renewed scope for […]

BT eyes Disney+ for “super aggregation”-focused TV service

UK telco BT is courting the Mouse House around plans to bring fledgling streaming platform Disney+ to its TV service. According to The Sunday Times, the business is in talks to launch Disney+ on BT TV, which already offers customers Netflix and Amazon. A senior figure with knowledge of the deal tells TBI that a […]

BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew draws record ratings

An episode of BBC Two investigative strand Newsnight that featured Prince Andrew discussing his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has gripped the UK and drawn record ratings. In the episode, the prince is interviewed by Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis about his relationship with US financier Epstein, who committed suicide this summer while awaiting […]

Media publisher Future buys Barcroft Studios for $30m

Media publisher Future plc has wholly acquired Sam Barcroft’s award-winning production group Barcroft Studios for £23.5m ($30m). The deal will enable the business to grow its pipeline of series, and will see CEO Barcroft  staying on to oversee day-to-day operations of the Barcroft Studios brand under Future plc’s ownership, alongside chief operating officer Caspar Norman […]

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