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SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]

AMC Networks amps up RLJ funding by $10m

AMC Networks will invest a further US$10 million into streaming service RLJ Entertainment following an initial spend of US$65 million in 2016. RLJ owns SVOD service Acorn TV and digital service UMC (Urban Movie Channel), and receives the money from AMC in the form of loans. The latest funding round was handed to RLJ “to […]

Urban Movie SVOD service names leader

Traci Otey Blunt will oversee the Urban Movie Channel after being named president of the US streaming service. UMC was launched in 2014 by RLJ Entertainment chairman and BET channel founder Robert Johnson. It is programmed with African American-skewing films, series and factual content. Blunt has been upped from executive VP, corporate marketing and corporate […]

AMC buys into Funny or Die

AMC Networks has bought a minority stake in comedy online VOD site Funny or Die. AMC has long history of collaborating with Funny or Die through its US cable channel IFC on series such as the forthcoming Brockmire and 2014 miniseries Spoils of Bablyon, and has now taken a seat on the platform’s board. The […]

AMC Networks pumps $65m into SVOD net

AMC Networks has invested US$65 million in streaming service RLJ Entertainment. RLJ owns the SVOD service Acorn TV, which offers best-of-British programming in the US, and digital service UMC (Urban Music Channel), and receives the money from cable group AMC in the form of loans. This will allow RLJ, which BET founder Bob Johnson created, to […]

SVOD net replaces Starz on BBC drama

Subscription video-on-demand service Acorn TV has replaced Starz as US coproduction on the upcoming BBC drama Close to the Enemy. Starz had been attached as the Stephen Poliakoff show’s American home, but it will now debut in November or December as an Acorn-branded original. Development arm Acorn Media Enterprises the official copro partner, with BBC […]

BBC, Acorn, A+E partner for new Agatha Christie

The BBC, A+E Studios and Acorn are coproducing a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie novel The Witness for the Prosecution, which will bow on BBC One in the UK, and Brit-centric streaming service Acorn TV in the US. The novel will be adapted by Sarah Phelps who penned the recent successful TV version of Christie’s […]

Acorn buys presale of BBC’s Secret Agent

The US’s Acorn has prebought BBC drama The Secret Agent from UK-based distributor Content Television. RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn has picked up all television, digital and home entertainment rights to the 4x45mins series, which comes from Line of Duty producer World Productions. The show will debut later this year on BBC One in the UK before […]

US streamer Acorn buys The Driver

US OTT service Acorn TV has picked up SVOD rights to UK drama series. Acorn is run by RLJ, the company that owns the Agatha Christie catalogue, and is programmed with British drama. Its recent Brit-drama acquisitions include Foyle’s War from All3Media and Jamaica Inn from BBC Worldwide. It has added to these by picking […]

BBC Two buys Aussie period drama

UK broadcaster BBC Two has acquired Australian period drama A Place to Call Home. The deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution hands the BBC channel local rights to the show. In North America, RLJ Entertainment has acquired the first two seasons for its VOD service, Acorn TV, DVD release and distribution on public television stations in […]