Original Programming

YouTube hires Fox veteran to boost unscripted

YouTube has hired Fox veteran Alex Piper to head up unscripted as it continues to shift its programming strategy. Piper was formerly VP of alternative programming at Fox, where he led development on series such as So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Cosmos. He joins as YouTube winds down its big-budget scripted […]

Snap unveils new slate of originals

Snap held its first-ever Partner Summit on Thursday (4 April) to unveil a list of new original shows as well as games and new features. The purpose of the event is to unveil new products and encourage potential partners to build features or products that work with the Snapchat App. New Snap originals will begin […]

Snap reports 36% revenue rise following ‘Shows’ spotlight

Snap beat analyst estimates with a 36% revenue rise which it attributes to its redesign of Discovery – the destination for premium content made by the company and its partners. The company reported what it called “record” revenue of $390m for Q4, up by 36% year-on-year. Full-year revenue was $1.2bn, up 43% from 2017. CEO […]

Eurodata: Local drama dominated primetime in 2018

Eurodata’s scripted series report for 2018 shows that local drama was the most popular prime time genre for channels and viewers. The report, which analyses the schedules of over 100 channels in 12 countries, shows that across channels two-thirds of the series broadcast during prime time are locally produced, up five points up from 2017. […]

Robert Zemeckis’ Project Blue Book smashes A+E viewing records

A+E’s History drama Project Blue Book grossed 3.1m total viewers for its premiere last night, making it the most-watched scripted series premiere in six years. The company says the premiere telecast alone became the network’s most-watched scripted series premiere since the March 2013 premiere of hit series Vikings. In addition, A+E says the premiere was […]

Tim Cook says Apple will launch new services this year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will launch new services this year, fuelling speculation that an Apple television offering is on the horizon. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Cook said “you will see us announce new services this year, there will more things coming.” While Cook didn’t go into specifics, he […]

Blue Ant adds six originals for Canadian channels

Blue Ant Media has commissioned six originals as well as a raft of digital content to air on its platforms in Canada, including Cottage Life, T+E and Makeful. For magazine spin-off channel Cottage Life, production has started on documentary series The Bryk Cottage, in which designer and contractor Danielle Bryk rebuilds her family cottage from […]

NENT adds mockumentary to its growing originals slate

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) is set for its latest original Casper Conquers Norway starring Danish comedian Casper Christensen. The eight-part mockumentary series will premiere in autumn 2019 across the Nordic region exclusively on NENT’s streaming service Viaplay. After outraging the Danes with one scandalous joke too many, Christensen (Klovn) has no option but to run away to […]

Hooq reveals three original Indonesian series, partners with Vice Media

Hooq, the Singapore-based streamer that serves Southeast Asia and India, has ordered three original Indonesian titles and partnered with Vice Media for new content. TL;DR is a new talk show on the platform, that will be co-produced by Vice. The youth-skewed titles will focus on current affairs and trending topics. Check Out The Store Next Door is […]

Netflix orders first African original series

Netflix has ordered Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent, as its first African original series. The news was confirmed by South African talent and Quantico star Pearl Thusi, who tweeted about the series for the first time today. She said: “#QueenSono – Africa’s first Netflix original! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. […]

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