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Paramount+ extends music docs with Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC boy band show

Paramount+ is expanding its music output and its relationship with US-based Gunpowder & Sky by ordering a new documentary that explores boy bands, with the exec behind New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC set to feature. The as-yet untitled doc is being produced by music manager Johnny Wright, who was behind the […]

News round-up: Paramount+ creates ‘Mixtape’; AI to lead Kartoon Studios film expansion; The CW & Roku ‘Fight To Survive’ together

Paramount+ creates ‘Mixtape’ Paramount+ has commissioned Mixtape, a documentary exploring how the creation of mixtapes launched hip hop into mainstream culture. The doc will premiere exclusively on the service on 1 August in the US and Canada and 2 August in the UK, Australia, Latin America and Brazil, with further international markets to follow later in the year. Mixtape […]

Paramount+ adds ’80s rock doc & UK original murder drama

Paramount+ has ordered music docuseries I Wanna Rock: The ‘80s Metal Dream, as well as a new original drama series for the UK & Ireland, The Serial Killer’s Wife. The three-part factual show will debut in the US and Canada on 18 July, followed by the UK and Australia the next day, with the series […]

Paramount to end ‘Yellowstone’ after S5 as latest spin-off confirmed

Paramount is bringing the curtain down on ratings smash Yellowstone at the end of its upcoming fifth season, while also confirming that another spin-off based on the hit series is in the works. The Paramount Network drama, written by Taylor Sheridan, will wrap after the second half of its fifth season debuts in November. The […]

Exclusive: Taking the long view on factual shortform

Shortform factual content is growing fast, but how does it fit into the kaleidoscope of other programming out there? Andy Fry finds out. There’s no lack of shortform factual storytelling in the world. With the emergence of social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, the last two decades have seen an endless outpouring of […]

MTV Entertainment Studios & Lashan Browning partner for JV Antoinette Media

MTV Entertainment Studios has partnered with Love & Hip Hop franchise producer Lashan Browning to launch Antoinette Media, a joint venture production company. The US-based firm will focus on unscripted series and documentaries, as well as scripted features. It is majority owned by Browning with “substantial equity investment” from MTV owner Paramount Global. Financial terms […]

WBD sues Paramount Global over ‘South Park’ streaming rights dispute

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is suing Paramount Global for streaming new episodes of the adult animation South Park after signing a deal handing exclusive rights to HBO Max. WBD has filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court stating that it paid more than $500m in 2019 for the rights to air existing and […]

Paramount cuts 120 staff in Showtime & MTV Entertainment Studios merger

Paramount Global has merged the leadership of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, with the shake-up leading to around 120 staff being laid off yesterday, with Showtime co-president of entertainment Jana Winograde among those departing. Winograde, who worked on shows including Dexter: New Blood and Your Honor, is leaving after six years with the company, while […]

Showtime to expand ‘Billions’ & ‘Dexter’ franchises, remakes France’s ‘The Bureau’ with George Clooney

Showtime in the US has quickly followed up on its recently announced plans to expand some of its biggest dramas into franchises, revealing that numerous spin-offs from Dexter and Billions are in the works. Four Billions spin-offs are currently in development at Showtime, including Millions, Trillions, Billions: Miami and Billions: London. Meanwhile, Dexter: Origins has […]