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Crunchyroll snags four million subs & reveals Idris Elba development deal

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll – which is in the process of being acquired by Sony – has surpassed its latest milestone of four million subscribers and unveiled a deal with actor-producer Idris Elba. The service’s paying subscriber total stood at three million in July, while registered users – who can access some content for free […]

WarnerMedia taps development head for streaming service

WarnerMedia has tapped Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves to lead the development of its forthcoming streaming service.  Goncalves will continue to oversee the WarnerMedia-backed Otter Media — a digital media firm that owns anime streamer CrunchyRoll and has majority stakes in Gunpowder and Sky and Rooster Teeth. He will report into Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia […]

AT&T acquires full stake in Otter Media

AT&T has acquired The Chernin Group’s controlling interest in Otter Media, the joint venture between the two companies. Otter Media, a subscription, advertising and content company, comprises of wholly-owned subsidiary Ellation, an online subscription video service provider, with offerings under the Crunchyroll and VRV brands, as well as a full-service digital media company, Fullscreen. Otter […]

AT&T digital chief to lead Chernin’s Otter as CEO

US-based digital media investments firm Otter Media has appointed a new CEO, who will transfer down from shareholder AT&T. Tony Goncalves has been appointed to the role having consulted with the business since its inception in 2014. Otter has been looking for a new chief since president Sarah Harden became CEO of Hello Sunshine, a […]

Chernin-backed Otter buys up Fullscreen & Ellation

Online content companies Fullscreen and Ellation are now a fully owned subsidiary of web video venture Otter Media. Both already counted the AT&T and Chernin Group joint venture Otter as their majority shareholders. Six-year-old Fullscreen, which operates channels such as The Fine Bros (pictured) is known as the biggest multichannel network group, and briefly operated […]

Fullscreen to shut down SVOD service

Fullscreen Media is due to shut down its Fullscreen subscription video-on-demand service in January 2018. In an email to staff, Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos said that despite its momentum the company had made the difficult decision to close its SVOD service in order to prioritise spending elsewhere. “We came to the conclusion that […]

Fullscreen launches on Roku

US over-the-top service, Fullscreen, has launched on Roku streaming devices in the states. Youth-focused Fullscreen, which costs US$5.99 per-month, is already available on Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices and via web browsers. Roku users will now be able to access Fullscreen originals like Shane and Friendswith Shane Dawson, Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, and Psychobabblewith Tyler […]

Chernin’s OTT firm hires Parks from Fullscreen

Otter Media has hired Billy Parks as its content chief. The new recruit joins from streaming channel specialist Fullscreen Media, which is majority owned by Otter. Otter is a joint venture between media veteran Peter Chernin’s Chernin Media and telco giant AT&T, and was formed to exploit opportunities in the OTT space. As executive VP […]

Reese Witherspoon, Chernin JV form content firm

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has created a female-focused content company, tapping the COO of a content recommendation that Hulu recently acquired to run the prodco. Witherspoon has hooked up with Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, to create Hello Sunshine, which is billed as a “cross-brand and consumer-facing content company […]

Fullscreen creates latest int’l SVOD entrant

Multichannel network Fullscreen is due to launch a subscription video-on-demand service featuring originals, scripted and unscripted acquisitions and movies. The US$4.99 per-month, ad-free service – also called Fullscreen – is due to debut internationally on April 26 and will feature new content daily, as well as playlists and original content from Fullscreen content creators. The […]

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