Netflix settles ‘Black Mirror’ lawsuit over interactive ‘Bandersnatch’ episode

Netflix has settled a long-running lawsuit over an Emmy-winning interactive episode from its Black Mirror series. A US district court judge confirmed that the global streamer had reached a settlement with the plaintiff, who had tried to get the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch episode removed. ‘Choosing your own adventure’ The disagreement around the Charlie Brooker-created show – which […]

Netflix reveals record-breaking UK production spend of $1bn in 2020

Netflix is poised to have increased its spending on UK productions by more than half to £750m ($1bn) in 2020, despite the disruption to its pipeline of shows caused by Covid-19. The streaming giant makes original shows including The Crown and The Witcher in the UK and has increased its budget by 50% during 2020 on […]

Netflix alum Cindy Holland emerges at US-based media acquisition firm

Netflix’s former VP of original content Cindy Holland has emerged on the board at a recently launched media-focused special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Holland had been with Netflix for almost two decades prior to her departure in September, when Bela Bajaria was promoted. The Netflix alum’s new role was revealed in a US regulatory filing, […]

Netflix hires NBC scripted exec Tracey Pakosta as new head of comedy

Netflix has hired NBC’s co-president of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta as its new head of comedy. Reporting to global head of TV Bela Bajaria, Pakosta will have oversight of both current programming and shows in development for Netflix’s scripted comedy slate, including live action and adult animation, as well as the stand-up and comedy formats […]

Sky & Netflix develop separate doc series around Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

Both Netflix and the UK’s Sky have commissioned separate documentary projects about the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The projects were both announced on Monday and are both being made in collaboration with the victim’s family. The as yet-unnamed Netflix project is a three-part series being made by Lightbox due to debut next […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six streaming super-trends for 2021

Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst for media & entertainment at TBI sibling OMDIA, reflects on a watershed year for streaming and picks out the ramifications and key trends set to affect the business in 2021 and beyond. The acceleration of cord-cutting and online video adoption during Covid-19, coupled with aggressive expansion of next-gen direct-to-consumer (D2C) services, […]

India rejigs streamer regulations with ramifications for Netflix and others

The Indian government is to place streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting in a move that observers believe could presage a crackdown on content deemed unsuitable – or politically unacceptable – by the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Video streaming platforms […]

Drama round-up: Fremantle & Winterbottom unveil ‘Sceptred Isle’; Netflix extends ‘Trapped’ but cancels ‘The Order’

Fremantle & Michael Winterbottom reveal first-look deal & ‘Sceptred Isle’ drama Fremantle has struck an exclusive first-look deal with director Michael Winterbottom and his production company Revolution Films, which is developing a drama about the life of UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The UK-based prodco will develop and produce scripted series and films, with Fremantle […]

Netflix’s Bela Bajaria talks cancellation data & int’l strategy

Netflix’s global head of TV Bela Bajaria – fresh from restructuring her senior exec team – has defended the streamer’s reputation for cancelling shows and explained how she wants the streamer to work globally. Bajaria, who took up her new role in September and has since instigated an extensive overhaul of its management ranks, told […]

Rai names Maria Pia Ammirati to replace Eleanora Andreatta as head of drama

Rai in Italy has appointed Maria Pia Ammirati to lead its scripted output, replacing the former head of drama Eleanora Andreatta who has joined Netflix. Pia Ammirati becomes head of drama for Rai Fiction having most recently been director of the Italian pubcaster’s archive division Rai Teche, which she has led since 2014. She is also president […]

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