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Netflix inks multi-year deal with Kenya Barris

Netflix has entered a multi-year overall deal with Black-ish writer and producer Kenya Barris to produce new series exclusively on the platform. Under the deal, Barris will write and executive produce all projects through his production company Khalaboo Ink Society. It was not stated how much the streamer has brought Barris on board for. Barris […]

Ovation readies for OTT growth with senior promotions

Ovation has promoted several key executives in advance of the expansion of its OTT services and new programming initiatives. The move comes at a pivotal time in the network’s evolution, as it builds on its linear channel’s success with premium arts-focused drama series like the upcoming season three premiere of Versailles, as well as continued […]

Princess Pictures hires Film Victoria chief as MD

Australia’s Princess Pictures has hired Film Victoria’s Jenni Tosi as managing director. The hire was made by the company as it looks to expand its market connections. Tosi was previously CEO of Film Victoria for six years, where she raised the state’s production activity and introduced initiatives aimed at expanding production and developing talent. Before […]

Pilgrim Media inks deal with game show duo

Pilgrim Media Group has inked a production deal with Michael Canter (left) and Jeff Krask (right), the executive producers behind iconic game shows such as Family Feud, The Newlywed Game, Deal or No Deal and ABC’s Child Support. Operating from Pilgrim’s offices in North Hollywood, Canter and Krask will work closely with Pilgrim’s chief creative […]

Viacom launches digital unit with new VP in place

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI), a new unit focused on creating, distributing and monetising digital content for Viacom brands outside of the US. Heading up the unit will be Brendan Yam, the newly appointed vice president and general manager of VDSI. Yam will report to Katherine Liu, VIMN’s […]

Netflix CFO David Wells steps down

Netflix’s chief financial officer David Wells is to step down after helping the company choose his successor. Wells, who joined Netflix in 2004 and has served as CFO since 2010, will stay until a successor takes the role for a smooth transition. The search for a new candidate will include both internal and external applicants. […]

Lionsgate inks first-look deal with faith-based trio

Lionsgate has signed a multi-platform film and TV first-look deal with Andrew and Jon Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes, to serve its faith-based programming. As part of the multi-year agreement, the Erwin Brothers and Downes will develop, produce and direct feature films and television programming for the company under their newly-created Kingdom banner. The […]

Middlechild hires BBC exec as head of digital

Middlechild Productions has appointed BBC Factual’s Matt Ralph to head up a newly created digital department. Ralph was previously assistant digital commissioning editor for BBC Factual where he commissioned original digital content for channels, seasons and campaigns, including Plastics Watch by Sir David Attenborough. The exec was also part of the multiple award-winning senior team […]

BBC Studios appoints C4’s Ralph Lee as content director

BBC Studios has appointed Channel 4’ s creative officer Ralph Lee as director of content. In the newly created role, Lee will have overall control of BBC Studios Production’s creative strategy in the UK. He will take up the new role, which reports to CEO Tim Davie, in October, and will sit on BBC Studios’ […]

Discovery nabs Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

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