Legendary hires Netflix alum to oversee TV expansion plans

US-based Legendary TV has hired former Netflix exec Jennifer Breslow to oversee its expansion plans. Breslow becomes EVP of TV & digital at Legendary TV and will report into Legendary’s head of TV, Chris Albrecht. She has been director of content for international original series at Netflix since 2016, where she worked on shows including […]

Netflix reboots banned Turkish drama in Spain as scripted & reality offer expands

Netflix’s rampant commissioning spree in Spain is continuing, with the streamer unveiling a raft of new TV series including a local remake of a drama whose production was banned in Turkey earlier this year. Si Lo Hubiera Sabido (If Only) was created by Turkish screenwriter Ece Yörenç but was pulled from the streamer’s slate in […]

Netflix extends ‘Bridgerton’ to four seasons

Netflix has extended its Regency-era period drama Bridgerton for a third and fourth season. The show, from US prodco Shondaland and creator Chris Van Dusen, and based on the novels of Julia Quinn, follows the love lives of the various siblings of the wealthy Bridgerton family. The first season was particularly focused on daughter Daphne and her […]

Seizing scripted opportunities in India

Streamers are piling investment into India and invigorating local scripted content creation, but regulatory changes could change all that. Mark Layton speaks to producers and streamers about this giant market India is the world’s fastest-growing streaming market, with US SVOD giants trying to carve out a firm foothold in competition with established local leaders, in […]

Kids round-up: WarnerMedia unveils EMEA kids team; Netflix acquires ‘Rainbow Rangers’; ‘DinoCity’ sells to Europe, Balkans and MENA

WarnerMedia unveils EMEA kids team US-based WarnerMedia has unveiled its leadership team for its EMEA kids division, working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito and the HBO Max kids offering. Vanessa Brookman, head of kids, EMEA for WarnerMedia, has appointing Sarah Fell to lead original production, with Marc Goodchild as head of digital content, Sean Henry […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where US streamers are looking for global originals

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst, channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, explores which countries are proving most attractive as sources of original content for US-based streaming leaders. With the rise of truly global streaming services, content from other countries has never been easier for audiences to access, with many of the market-leading US-based streamers […]

US has more SVOD subs than people as OTT contracts hit 340m

In the latest milestone for US streaming services, a new report has found that there are now more subscriptions to SVODs than people in the 328 million-plus country. According to figures collated by Ampere Analysis, there are now nearly 340 million subscription OTT contracts to services such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max. The report […]

Netflix makes Invictus Games docuseries first order from Prince Harry & Meghan Markle prodco

Netflix has commissioned a new docuseries about the Invictus Games from Archewell Productions, the company set up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Created in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, the project, titled Heart Of Invictus, is being directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, […]

Netflix & Disney+ Hotstar account for 78% of SVOD revenues in India, after surge in subs

Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar accounted for 50% of all SVOD subscribers in India in 2020 and almost 80% of subscription revenues in the country, according to data revealed today. The findings, which come from Omdia’s latest 2021 Online Video Market and Consumer Trends Report, found that online video subscriptions revenue grew by 142% in India […]

Netflix signs ‘Friday Night Lights’ creator Peter Berg to first-look deal

Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg and his Film 44 banner have inked a first-look deal with Netflix to produce and direct live action films and series for the global streamer. Berg already has previously announced projects in the works with Netflix, including limited scripted drama series Painkiller, which he will exec produce and direct, […]

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