Marco Polo

ITV in for $950m Weinstein TV assets

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire the television assets of The Weinstein Company in a deal worth US$950 million. A deal, comprising an initial down payment of around US$400 million, would come hot on the heels of ITV’s acquisition of John de Mol’s Talpa Media. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, […]

Netflix undercuts the competition in Australia

Netflix launches in Australia tomorrow and in a fiercely competitive market has come in at a price-point below that of its rivals. The US-listed SVOD service is priced at A$8.99 a month (US$6.99) for the single user standard definition plan. A dual user sub is A$11.99 and the four-user 4K package is A$14.99. The base […]

Netflix raising $1.5bn for content and expansion

Netflix is raising US$1.5 billion in new debt and will use the cash to buy content and for “potential acquisitions”. The US-listed streaming company announced late yesterday it was raising the cash, via a US$700 bond issue due in 2022 and another US$800 bond issue due in 2025. Netflix initially said it was raising US$1 […]

Marco Polo to return on Netflix

Netflix’s big-budget action adventure series Marco Polo has been handed a second run less than a month after season one debuted. The show, which follows famous explorer Marco Polo’s early days in the court of Yuan dynasty Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century, launched on December 12 as the streaming service’s latest original. Meanwhile, […]

Netflix ‘begins pirate crackdown’

On-demand site Netflix has reportedly begun cracking down on consumers using VPN services to access its US programming line-up, according to a report. The crackdown has been denied by Netflix, according to TorrentFreak, a file-sharing news website. Netflix reportedly said its VPN policy has not changed. TorrentFreak reported the development follows pressure from the US […]

Foxtel service adds TV series as Netflix approaches

Foxtel’s subscription-on-demand service, Presto, will add television series for the first time, as the platform prepares for the impending launch of streaming behemoth Netflix. Currently, Foxtel offers movies on-demand for A$9.99 (US$8.29) a month, but will soon begin charging for a features and television bundle. Dubbed Presto Entertainment, the service will offer programming from News […]

Netflix originals viewing on the up, research shows

More than seven out of ten US Netflix viewers have watched “at least some” of the streaming service’s original shows, new research shows. According to analytics firm Centris Media Science, 72% of users surveyed said they had watched some original programming in the third quarter of 2014. The figure suggests originals are becoming more important […]

Pinewood Malaysia opens its doors

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has opened in Malaysia, with its backers hoping it will become a new regional hub for TV and film production. PIMS was created by Pinewood Studios Group and the government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah). The 50-acre facility comprises 100,000 square feet of film stages and […]

Netflix sets sail with Marco Polo original series

Netflix has ordered a new original series, based on the adventures of Marco Polo, to bow in all Netflix territories in late 2014. The series was originally developed at Starz, with the project ordered straight to series in January 2012, but production complications in China put paid to Starz’ involvement with the project. Starz released […]

Harvey Weinstein preps TV version of Miramax movie Shall We Dance?

Harvey Weinstein has told TBI that he plans to make a TV version of Shall We Dance?, the 2004 Miramax romantic comedy that starred Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. The news comes as The Weinstein Company plans to move more heavily into scripted TV and its president of TV, Meryl Poster, also told TBI that it […]