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Netflix to move into original feature docs, stand-up

US streaming service Netflix will broaden its original content strategy by moving into one-off feature documentaries and stand-up comedy, its CEO has revealed. Reed Hastings (pictured) made the announcement in a letter to shareholders, in which he also claimed original content strategies adopted by streaming rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime were helping OTT platforms to […]

Prisoners firm Keshet poaches BBC Worldwide executive

Keshet International has appointed a BBC Worldwide distribution exec to become a sales director. Cynthia Kennedy has joined the global arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group with immediate effect, reporting to head of distribution and acquisitions Keren Shahar. She joins a team of sales directors including Nelly Weber-Feld and Kelly Wright and marcom manager Limor […]

Record ratings secure second season for Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan, the Liev Schreiber-fronted drama that’s on course to become US premium cable channel Showtime’s highest-rating show ever, has been given a second season. Hype around the series has been building since its debut last month, which trumped previous records with an overall six million viewers across all platforms and, unusually for a scripted […]

Smithsonian Channel gets first int’l launch

The Smithsonian Channel will launch in Canada this autumn, marking the first time the factual net has launch outside the US. Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media have partnered to launch the new Canadian HD channel, which will replace specialty network eqhd and be available through “all major distribution partners”. Smithsonian, a joint venture between […]

‘Russian HBO’ makes a major channels move

Russian producer Amedia has moved into the channels business in a big way, effectively launching HBO in Russia and inking a huge programming deal with CBS Studios International. Founder and president Alexander Akopov tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s plans in the pay TV space. Amedia was until a recently best known as Russia’s biggest […]

Showtime’s Ray Donovan grows audience in second week

Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan has bucked the trend of new US scripted series dipping in their second week of broadcast by growing its audience by 15%. The uptick represents the first show in Showtime’s history to improve on its series premiere ratings. The audience went from a record breaking 1.35 million viewers last week to […]

Good Wife, Dexter set for Lovefilm launch

Amazon-owned on-demand platform Lovefilm has secured CBS Studios International-distributed scripted programming including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Dexter. The deal will see a range of shows from CBSSI launch on the platform in Germany and the UK. These include CBS series Good Wife and Blue Bloods and Showtime series including Nurse Jackie, Californication and […]

LA Screenings 2013: CBS Studios cuts two European volume deals

As the LA Screenings come to a close, CBS Studios International has inked two volume agreements with European broadcasters. The studio has locked in deals with Amedia in Russia and MTV3 in Finland. In Russia, CBS has agreed a multiyear, multiplatform deal with Amedia, the producer and channel operator that earlier this week inked a […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sarah Wright, controller of acquisitions, BSkyB

UK pay TV operator BSky is the largest UK-based buyer of US studio programming and picked up a raft of titles at last year’s LA Screenings for its Sky1 HD, Sky Living HD and Sky Atlantic channels. Sarah Wright is controller of acquisitions and as well as working across the channels is also buying studio […]

Showtime finishes off Dexter

CBS-owned cable channel Showtime has called time on its dark serial killer drama Dexter. Showtime used its Facebook page to announce the decision to cancel the series after the upcoming eighth season, which launches in the US on June 30. The series stars Michael C. Hall as a blood spatter pattern expert working in the […]