TBI Tech & Analysis: How US streamers are getting animated

As those working in the kids animation business prepare to head to Cannes for MIPJr this weekend, Omdia analyst Tim Westcott digs into the numbers to reveal just how big a role animated content plays in the overall offering of the major US streamers. Nobody can deny the rising importance of animation to global streaming […]

Peacock cancels US reboot of ‘Queer As Folk’ after one season

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has cancelled its Queer As Folk remake after just one season. Produced by UCP, a division of the Universal Studio Group, the series debuted in June and was a reimagining of Russell T Davies’ 1999-2000 British drama of the same name. Set in New Orleans, the show followed a group of friends […]

News round-up: Keshet Int’l to sell ‘Cuba Libre’; Peacock enters adult animation; Espresso brews German deals; Lineup & Gil connect

Keshet Int’l takes ‘Cuba Libre’ sales rights Keshet International has acquired international distribution rights to Portuguese period drama Cuba Libre. Produced by Hop! Films for pubcaster RTP, the 6 x 45-minute series tells the true story of a young Portuguese woman who gave everything to the Cuban revolution and Che Guevara. Beatriz Godinho plays Ana […]

‘John Wick’ prequel ‘The Continental’ moves from Starz to Peacock

NBCUniversal-owned US streamer Peacock and Lionsgate have inked a multi-year deal for The Continental, the upcoming prequel series to the John Wick action franchise. The three-part event series will now debut exclusively next year on Peacock, which recently acquired streaming rights to the John Wick movies. It had originally been expected to launch on Lionsgate-owned […]

TBI Weekly: Who cares about streaming figures?

A nice view can take you a long way in the streaming world. The majestic Great Plains of the early 18th century and the sunny climes of modern-day Santa Barbara may seem worlds apart but do have one thing in common – both have pulled in record breaking numbers for US streamers Hulu and Peacock. […]

‘Love Island USA’ becomes Peacock’s most-streamed unscripted show

Reality dating show Love Island USA has become Peacock’s most streamed unscripted original series in its first three weeks. The show has also had the third largest original launch overall on the streaming platform since its debut on 19 July, according to NBCUniversal-owned Peacock. The popular format moved to Peacock from linear service CBS earlier […]

Peacock taps into 1980s ‘Satanic Panic’ trend with ‘Hysteria!’ drama

NBCUniversal (NBCU) streamer Peacock has ordered a coming-of-age thriller that claims to explore American’s dark history of mass hysteria through the shocking story of the teenage Satanic Panic. Hysteria! is from executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons), along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner for US banner Good […]

‘Days Of Our Lives’ moves to Peacock after six decades on NBC

Peacock is to become the exclusive home of daytime drama Days Of Our Lives, with the show moving across to the streamer after almost six decades on NBC. The show, which has aired on NBC since 1965, making it one of the longest-running scripted TV series in the world, will move to Peacock on 12 […]

Peacock paid subs stick at 13 million as Q2 losses deepen

NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock saw its paid subscriber numbers stall at around 13 million in the second quarter of this year. Losses at the streamer also rose to $467m during the period – compared to $363m in the previous year – with parent company Comcast expecting continued financial loss over the rest of the fiscal […]

Peacock enters the arena for Ancient Roman gladiatorial epic from Roland Emmerich

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered Those About To Die, a gladiatorial epic set in Ancient Rome and directed by German disaster movie maestro Roland Emmerich. The large-scale drama is set within the complex and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports and will introduce an ensemble of diverse characters across the many layers of Roman society where […]