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Berlinale: Amazon will look for “more curation” than competitors

Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke has said that while the business has become a global home for talent, it is looking for “more curation” than its competitors, during a press conference for new drama Hanna at the Berlinale Series. Salke, who inherited Hanna when she joined as head of Amazon Studios this time last year, says she has spent […]

Comcast to leverage Sky tech for upcoming NBCU streamer

NBCUniversal will tap Sky’s Now TV tech for its upcoming SVOD launch, which focuses on multichannel customers Comcast’s NBCUniversal will tap the technology underlying Sky’s Now TV platform to bring together content that “consumers are currently viewing on other online platforms for free” and put it “altogether in one place” as it rolls out its […]

NATPE: NBCU streamer will require “reinvention” of windowing

NBC Entertainment co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy have said that the business’s planned streaming service will require a “reinvention” of windowing that will affect its content strategy going forward. The newly appointed co-chairmen, who have been in the roles for four months following the exit of Bob Greenblatt, told NATPE Miami delegates that NBC […]

Netflix: We will “absolutely be in negotiations” for The Office rights

Netflix’s VP of acquisitions Amy Reinhard (pictured, below) has told TBI that when NBCUniversal’s deal for The Office expires in 2021, the global SVOD will come to the negotiating table for the comedy. Reinhard’s comments come just a week after NBC revealed it would be launching its own streaming platform, prompting questions as to whether […]

NATPE deals: NBCUniversal takes Top Chef to Brazil; Colombia’s Canal 1 to host The Four

NBCUniversal has signed a deal for its Emmy award-winning reality cookery show Top Chef with Brazil’s Floresta – a joint venture between executive producer Elisabetta Zenatti and Sony Pictures Television. The 13-part local series will air on Record TV this year, with renowned chef Felipe Bronze at the helm. Bronze is the owner of the […]

NBCU preps streamer available to Comcast, Sky customers

NBCUniversal is preparing to join the streaming ranks next year, with a platform that will also be accessible to Sky subscribers outside the US. The platform is to be made available to subscribers of NBCUniversal parent group Comcast, as well as European pay-TV operator Sky, which was acquired last year. It is to launch in […]

ITV readies new drama from Downton Abbey creator

ITV has greenlit Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of his novel Belgravia. NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films, the makers of Downton Abbey, are to produce the period drama. Published in 2016, Belgravia is set in the 1840s and follows the social mixing of established London elite with emerging industrial nouveau riche. The story begins on the […]

Blumhouse hires from NBCU, eOne for production & development

Blumhouse Television has added five new positions to grow its production, development and business affairs teams, including execs from NBCU and eOne. For production, Blumhouse has hired eOne’s senior VP for film, television and digital entertainment, Lisa Niedenthal. The Sharp Object’s producer will serve at Blumhouse as executive VP of production. Niedenthal will oversee productions […]

NBCU launches rewards-based streamer WatchBack

NBCUniversal has launched a streaming app that gives consumers perks for watching shows on its platform. The app, named WatchBack, was launched in the US on Friday. It creates a personalised experience for users and rewards viewers by giving them the opportunity to win prizes. WatchBack will include content from NBCU and its partners, as […]

NBCU eyes streaming service that pays users to watch

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is considering a new approach to streaming services, where it would launch a service that ‘pays’ users to watch, according to reports. Tentatively titled Watch Back, the service would feature episodes of TV shows from NBCU channels NBC, USA and Bravo as well as those from outside websites, according to a report by […]

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