Netflix declines second coming for controversial ‘Messiah’ drama

Netflix has cancelled MGM Television-produced thriller Messiah after just one season. The series followed Michelle Monaghan as a CIA agent investigating a mysterious and charismatic man (Mehdi Dehbi), whose followers believed him to be the return of Jesus Christ. The news was confirmed by series star Wil Traval, who wrote on social media: “It’s a […]

Netflix preps ‘Angry Birds’ long-form series from Cake, Rovio Entertainment

Netflix has ordered an animated series from UK-based Cake and game company Rovio Entertainment based on the Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds: Summer Madness (40 x 11-minutes) will include existing characters from the IP and new characters as they spend time at a summer camp. The show will premiere in 2021 and feature the “explosive […]

Netflix extends format duo ‘Love Is Blind’ and ‘The Circle’

Netflix has ordered two further seasons of dating format Love Is Blind and the US version of The Circle, both of which have been hits with subscribers and critics. Casting has started on the second season of Love Is Blind, which has been ordered from Red Arrow Studios’ LA-based producer Kinetic Content, and a third […]

Netflix donates $1.2m to BFI, Film & TV Charity’s Covid-19 fund

The UK’s British Film Institute (BFI) and The Film and TV Charity have launched a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, with a £1m ($1.2m) donation from Netflix. The scheme is designed to support the creative community by providing emergency short-term relief to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have […]

Ted Sarandos sees ‘no disruption to Netflix output for next few months’

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has said its content pipeline should remain unaffected “over the next few months” and has revealed how the world’s biggest streamer is dealing with Coronavirus – including introducing virtual reading rooms. Sarandos said that because the streamer worked “pretty far ahead” on series and normally drops all episodes at once, […]

Disney+ delays French roll-out as Apple & Amazon cut streaming quality

The roll-out of Disney+ has been delayed across France in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, following a request from the country’s government concerned about the increasing strain on broadband services. The much-anticipated service had been due to launch in France on 24 March, in line with numerous other European countries including Ireland, the UK, […]

TBI Scripted: How I became a producer on a Netflix drama

Michael Eagle-Hodgson tells TBI Scripted how he became a producer on Alex Piña and Left Bank Pictures’ upcoming drama White Lines for Netflix, and discusses plans for his own recently launched production company Each production is like building a house: good development sets the foundations. In my quest to become a producer, I knew I […]

Netflix subscribers grow in Russia as online video surges

Netflix now has a 4% share of the Russian streaming video market with about 140,000 subscribers in the country, according to research by IAA TelecomDaily. According to the research outfit, Netflix, with revenues of about RUB1.082 billion (€12.95 million) and ARPU of RUB700 is seen as highly priced for Russia’s consumers, but the service remains […]

Sony takes ‘Community’ non-exclusive as Netflix, Hulu strike deals

Netflix has signed a non-exclusive global deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to begin streaming all six seasons of US comedy Community from 1 April. SPT has also extended its existing deal with Disney-owned Hulu, which will allow the US streamer to keep showing the comedy but no longer on an exclusive basis. As both […]

India to be ‘third largest SVOD market’ by end of 2020

India will have the third most SVOD subscribers in any country worldwide by the end of 2020, fuelled by the growth in affordable smartphones, cheaper mobile data and faster internet access. According to Futuresource, these factors will see India behind only China and the US by the end of the year with around 95 million […]

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