TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

NBCU’s Peacock expands unscripted, adds BBCS format & moves into true crime

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s streamer Peacock is expanding its unscripted slate and moving into original true crime programming after revealing a raft of new shows for the service, including a relationship format from BBC Studios (BBCS). Ex Rated is hosted by Andy Cohen and explores the trend of adult singles who send ‘exit surveys’ to their previous romantic partners to learn why […]

Abu Dhabi TV orders ‘Celebrity Game Face’ series from NBCU

Abu Dhabi TV has ordered a local version of NBCUniversal Formats’ comedy gameshow Celebrity Game Face, marking its first international series adaptation.  The 13 x 60-minute UAE version is being produced by local prodco In Media Plus, which has previously been behind remakes of The X Factor and produced Arab Idol. It will be hosted by Egyptian comedian […]

Sky Studios promotes Jupiter execs in bid to ‘turbocharge’ US operations

Comcast-owned Sky Studios has brought its various US production entities under the control of Jupiter Entertainment execs Stephen Land and Patrick Reardon, as it tries to “turbocharge” its operations in the country. Land, founder and CEO of Sky-owned Jupiter Entertainment, will now be chairman of Jupiter Holdings, which becomes home to his New York-based firm, as […]

NBCU’s layoffs continue as Susan Rovner’s entertainment team revealed

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has made a raft of appointments to her new-look entertainment team, with 50 layoffs coming as a result of merging its TV and streaming divisions. Rovner left Warner Bros. to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU last year, subsequently appointing Lisa Katz to become president of scripted. Rod Aissa and Jenny Groom were named as unscripted presidents […]

TBI Weekly: Why Disney’s ‘Modern Family’ deal matters

The narrative around the US studios’ direct-to-consumer strategies tends to focus on rights retention and vertical integration. Disney’s recent deal to share Modern Family with NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock highlights that things are not as straight-forward as they may seem, writes Richard Middleton.  Following years of discussion about the growing might of Netflix, the unravelling of the traditional US studio model […]

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 […]

NBCU’s Mark Lazarus says ‘aggressive’ overhaul will strengthen creative firepower

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus has admitted the recent overhaul of its content operations was an “aggressive move” but said it will should provide greater budget firepower and make life easier for producers. Lazarus, who was talking on the first day of NATPE Virtual Miami, introduced a wholesale revamp of NBCU’s operations to […]

NBCUniversal’s Peacock to exceed 50 million subscribers by 2024, report predicts

NBCUniversal’s hybrid streaming service Peacock will exceed 50 million subscribers by 2024, according to a new report. The AVOD and SVOD streamer will hit 52.1 million subs in 2024, according to analysts at global bank Macquarie, with revenues of $1.96bn. In the immediate future, the report expects Peacock to hit $604m in revenue this year – up from […]

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