Roku Channel to offer premium content from Showtime, Epix & Starz

The Roku Channel is set to offer premium subscriptions from Showtime, Starz and Epix by late January. Premium subscriptions will give potential customers the ability to browse all available content across the services before signing up, as well as free trials for all subscriptions and the ability to pay for all premium content in a […]

Showtime defends Baron Cohen comedy

Showtime has defended Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy Who Is America? against claims that he made fun of a disabled veteran. Critics, including Sarah Palin, said that Baron Cohen posed as a wounded military veteran during a segment, which premiered in the US on Sunday and UK last night. “Baron Cohen did not present himself […]

Sacha Baron Cohen makes a return with Showtime

Sacha Baron Cohen is set to return to TV after more than a decade for a Showtime satirical half-hour series. Baron Cohen will write and direct the title, named Who Is America?. The seven-episode series will explore the diverse individuals across the political and cultural spectrum of the USA. The first episode will air exclusively in […]

Showtime picks up Affleck/Damon drama

Showtime has made a series order for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon drama City On A Hill, set to premiere in 2019. Based on an original idea by Affleck, the drama is set in early 90s Boston where the city is rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies where corruption and racism […]

James Corden’s The Wrong Mans is up for a US remake

Showtime has ordered a pilot of The Wrong Mans for the US, originally created by James Corden and Mathew Baynton. Corden and Baynton will adapt the BBC2 comedy thriller and have teamed with former Veep exec producer Ian Maxtone-Graham to write a 30-minute pilot with Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz. The US edition will […]

CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

Showtime enjoys BBC’s Ill Behaviour

US premium TV net Showtime has bought BBC comedy Ill Behaviour. The six-parter, billed as a comedy-thriller, comes from Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain and follows a man (Chris Geere) that kidnaps his ill friend (Tom Riley), who has decided to abandon traditional chemotherapy. Lizzie Kaplan (Masters of Sex) plays alcoholic doctor, who then administers […]

HBO tops pay list as US subs get selective

HBO is the channel consumers in the US and Canada are willing to pay the most for, and 80% of consumers only want to pay for the channels they actually watch, according to TV technology outfit TiVo’s Q2 2017 Video Trends Report. According to the report, Game of Thrones network HBO tops the ranking of […]

Clinton drama The President is Missing heads for Showtime

Showtime has acquired the television rights to the upcoming Bill Clinton novel The President Is Missing, co-authored by James Patterson. In July this year, it was revealed that Clinton and Patterson were shopping TV and film rights to the upcoming novel in Hollywood. The rights were acquired by Showtime in what has been reported to […]

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