Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than $100m’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi, which has been valued at less than $100m. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku […]

AVOD streamer Roku nears deal to buy Quibi’s short-form content

AVOD streamer and device manufacturer Roku is nearing a deal to acquire programming from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi. The streamer officially ceased operations in December just seven months after launching, following an admission in October that it had failed to secure subscriber interest and would be closing down. Roku has now emerged as […]

Disney’s Freeform names originals chief, hires Quibi exec for unscripted

Disney-owned US network Freeform has promoted Jamila Hunter to oversee originals and development while also adding the former head of documentaries at now defunct Quibi. Hunter, who was previously SVP of current & alternative programming, will now become EVP of originals & development at the youth-skewing network and reports into Tara Duncan, who was appointed […]

Short-form streamer Quibi formally shuttered as asset sell-off heats up

Short-form and short-lived streaming service Quibi has officially ceased operations just seven months after launching, with the service now selling remaining assets. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-created company announced in October that it would shut down in December, but did not mention a specific date. However, no later than the first of the month, Quibi has shut […]

TBI Weekly: Why Quibi’s failure isn’t the end for shortform

Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO at global shortform streamer discover.film, digs into the reasons behind Quibi’s closure after just seven months – and considers what it means for the shortform genre as a whole. So somewhat sadly but unsurprisingly, Quibi has shut up shop almost as quickly as it opened – but what is the reason behind such […]

Quibi to shut down service in December

Quibi will shut down in December, the company has confirmed. The company announced on its support page that the service will end streaming “on or about December 1,” following news earlier this week that the service would cease operating. Despite raising over $1.75bn ahead of launch, Quibi was not able to turn the mobile-oriented short-form […]

Quibi closes premium shortform streamer after just seven months

Big budget shortform streamer Quibi is to shut down after just seven months on the market. The platform, which had offered producers budgets of up to $6m per hour, was rolled out on 6 April but faced immediate problems as the Covid-19 pandemic forced potential consumers of its bitesized content to stay at home. The company published […]

TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]

Quibi reveals free ad-supported tier for Australia, New Zealand launch

Short-form streamer Quibi has launched in Australia and New Zealand and, in a move which acts counter to previous statements from the company, is offering a free ad-supported tier. The SVOD, which first launched in the US and Canada at the beginning of April, has to date only offered a $5 per month ad-supported service […]

Trevor Noah to front new Quibi gaming series

Quibi is launching a new video gaming series, fronted by South African comedian and TV presenter Trevor Noah. Noah, who is best known as the host of Comedy Central’s satirical US news programme The Daily Show, also claims to be a proficient games player, and will have his abilities put to the test in Player […]

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