TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Netflix’s Reed Hastings at RTS

Considering Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was only on stage for 30 minutes at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge on Friday, he covered a fair bit of ground. From his views on acquiring production companies (not likely), to spending more cash in the UK (upwards of $500m next year) and embracing ratings agency Barb, […]

Netflix strikes landmark deal for global rights to ‘Seinfeld’

Netflix has picked up global streaming rights to US sitcom Seinfeld in a major coup for the business. The streaming giant has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television for all nine seasons of the show, which are set to launch on the platform in 2021. The five-year deal comes on the back of Netflix losing […]

Jerry Seinfeld leaves Crackle for Netflix

US streamer Netflix has pulled off a big-money coup by signing comedian and writer Jerry Seinfeld to an exclusive multi-faceted production deal. Seinfeld was previously with Sony’s on-demand platform Crackle, with various commentators immediately noting this is among the first cases of a major VOD platform poaching talent from another. The pact will see 24 […]

Hulu signs Endemol Shine, Sony shows

US on-demand service Hulu has secured rights to E4 comedy-drama My Mad Fat Diary and a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television. The 16x60mins Mad Fat Diary will be available exclusively in the US via Hulu’s ad-free and limited ad plans, comprising three seasons. Hulu acquired the Tiger Aspect Productions coming-of-age period drama series […]

Hulu boss cool on original movies, international

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has said there are no plans afoot to follow the likes of Amazon and Netflix into movies and that there are no international expansion plans afoot, for the short term at least. Hopkins was speaking to US trade The Hollywood Reporter and added that the US$700,000 per episode deal for classic […]

Hulu bags ‘major’ AMC drama output deal

American on-demand service Hulu has bagged a pair of major deals, one with AMC Networks. The deal will see current and future AMCN scripted drama and comedy series from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV and WE tv going out exclusively on Hulu. The series, which include much-anticipated zombie apocalypse drama Fear the Walking, will be […]

Seinfeld SVOD auction ends in Hulu win

Hulu has beaten off stiff competition to acquire US SVOD rights to classic comedy Seinfeld for a reported US$180 million. Seinfeld co-creator and star Jerry Seinfeld took to the stage with Hulu programming execs to unveil the deal at the Disney, NBCuniversal and 21st Century Fox-owned platform’s Digital Content NewFront yesterday. Yahoo and Amazon Prime […]

SVOD battle underway for Seinfeld rights

Various SVOD and digital platforms are battling for rights to iconic US comedy Seinfeld, although the largest streaming outfit, Netflix, has ruled itself out, according to various reports. The Wall Street Journal said that Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Yahoo are all weighing a move for Seinfeld with the asking price about US$500,000 an […]

Canada’s low-cost Netflix rival buys Seinfeld

CraveTV, the low-cost Canadian OTT service from Bell, has added classic US comedy series Seinfeld to its line-up. The new service launches tomorrow (December 11) and will offer all 180 episodes of Seinfeld. CraveTV has exclusive streaming rights to the cult comedy, which was produced by Warner Bros.-owned Castle Rock Entertainment for NBC and is […]