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Apple TV+ head of current exits amidst senior exec restructure

Apple TV’s head of current programming, unscripted and documentary Kim Rozenfeld is leaving the recently launched streamer, which made its global bow just two weeks ago. His departure comes as part of a restructure at Apple, where studio chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht have brought development and current programming into a single entity. […]

Exclusive: Sony, All3 eye Red Arrow Studios as sales process heats up

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and All3Media are understood to be among leading suitors for Red Arrow Studios, as the sale of ProSiebenSat.1’s production arm heats up. The German media giant was revealed in September to be considering selling the production group, which houses the likes of Deep State producer Endor Productions, The Circus firm Left/Right […]

Exclusive: Sky strikes five-year HBO output deal, preps HBO Max co-productions

Comcast-backed pay TV operator Sky has secured a five-year extension to its output deal with HBO and is set to co-produce on series being created for WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer HBO Max. The extension to the output deal, which has previously delivered Sky with HBO hits such as Game Of Thrones, Watchmen and True Detective, suggests […]

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 […]

Endemol Shine, Kew, Sky among Content Innovation Award winners

Endemol Shine Group and Kew Media were among the stand-out winners at the fifth Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes tonight, while Sky picked up the Best Debut Drama Series award for its hit show Chernobyl. At a packed event at the Majestic Hotel, Chernobyl beat off finalists including Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Patrick Melrose and Bavaria […]

Disney, Amazon and Netflix face off over ads

Disney and Amazon are reportedly at an impasse over the availability of the former’s soon-to-launch Disney+ streamer on Fire TV.  According to sources familiar with the matter cited by the Wall Street Journal, the companies are currently sparring over ad space in Disney apps, with Amazon wanting to secure “a significant percentage” of ads on Disney’s […]

Exclusive: HBO strikes overall deal with ‘Skam’ creator

HBO has struck an overall deal with the creator of hit Norwegian TV show Skam, the teen web drama that has since been remade around the world including by Facebook in the US. Julie Andem has agreed a two-year overall pact with HBO, which sees her creating and developing shows for the premium cablenet. Details […]

Amazon Studios boss leaves door open for ‘Fleabag’ despite Waller-Bridge’s protestations

Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke is keeping the door wide open for another season of Fleabag, despite the protestations of creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  While Waller-Bridge has repeatedly stated that Fleabag’s second season will be its last – most recently telling journalists at last weekend’s Emmy Awards that, “It does feel like the story is complete. […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Netflix’s Reed Hastings at RTS

Considering Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was only on stage for 30 minutes at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge on Friday, he covered a fair bit of ground. From his views on acquiring production companies (not likely), to spending more cash in the UK (upwards of $500m next year) and embracing ratings agency Barb, […]

Inside the rise of Pluto TV: “This is not Viacom Direct”

Pluto TV was thusly named because of the AVOD platform’s perceived underdog status in a galaxy of SVODs. Now, with the multi-billion-dollar backing of ViacomCBS, its universe is fast expanding – but it vows not to become Viacom Now.  When it launched in 2013, Pluto TV was doing virtually the opposite of most major content […]