Hulu sets Mike Tyson drama, boxer hits out at series & preps own project

US boxing icon Mike Tyson has hit back after Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for Iron Mike, a scripted limited series dramatising the events of his life. The streamer has commissioned an eight-part series from I, Tonya writer Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie, with that film’s Margot Robbie set to exec produce, via her […]

Disney ups ABC unscripted veteran Rob Mills to lead alternative division

Disney has promoted long-serving unscripted exec Rob Mills to oversee its recently formed alternative programming division. Mills, who was previously SVP of alternative at ABC Entertainment, now becomes EVP of unscripted & alternative entertainment and will lead the freshly minted production division, Walt Disney Television Alternative. His remit will include developing unscripted shows for the […]

Disney seals ‘unprecedented’ SVOD deal with Peacock & Hulu for ‘Modern Family’

Disney has struck a deal in the US that will see its streaming service Hulu sharing rights to hit comedy series Modern Family with NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Hulu and Peacock subscribers will be able to stream all 11 seasons of the show from 3 February, as part of the multi-year agreement with Disney Media and Entertainment […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss exits, Mouse House rejigs senior execs

Disney+ content chief Ricky Strauss is stepping from his position, after nine years with the company. Strauss took up his most recent role of president of programming & content curation for Disney+ and Hulu last year, following the overhaul that put streaming at the centre of the company’s operations. His remit is being absorbed by Joe Earley, […]

ViacomCBS expands Hulu deal to include Comedy Central & Paramount Network

ViacomCBS has struck an expanded deal with US-based streamer Hulu that will see channels such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Nickelodeon become available via the Disney-owned service. The multi-year deal means Showtime, CBS’s broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and The CW will remain available via subscription streaming service Hulu+ Live […]

Disney raids US streamer Hulu & ABC for Star’s initial content offering

Disney has unveiled some of the first titles to launch on its new Star branded streaming offering next month, including the first two so-called originals – ABC thriller Big Sky and Hulu’s romantic comedy Love, Victor – which will be shown internationally for the first time. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. […]

TBI Weekly: TBI’s favourite shows of 2020

With lockdowns and travel restrictions throughout 2020, we’ve all probably watched more content than ever before. Fortunately, the industry has been in fine form and delivered an array of fantastic programming across the genres. Here are our favourite shows, as picked by TBI’s team. RICHARD MIDDLETON Editor Top show: Better Call Saul S5 (AMC, Netflix) […]

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