Voxx Studios hires Reed Midem, MGM & Sony alum for global sales

LA-based audio outfit Voxx Studios has hired a former Reed Midem and MGM exec to work across its international sales push. Elisa Aquino becomes SVP of global sales and will lead the department at Voxx, which provides audio services for the film and TV business. It works with firms including Starz Lionsgate, Pixar, Netflix Animation, Sony Pictures […]

Crunchyroll snags four million subs & reveals Idris Elba development deal

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll – which is in the process of being acquired by Sony – has surpassed its latest milestone of four million subscribers and unveiled a deal with actor-producer Idris Elba. The service’s paying subscriber total stood at three million in July, while registered users – who can access some content for free […]

Sony strikes $1.2bn deal for WarnerMedia’s anime streamer Crunchyroll

Sony has agreed to buy WarnerMedia-owned anime streaming service Crunchyroll in a deal worth almost $1.2bn. The service, which has three million paying subscribers, will be incorporated into Sony’s own anime streamer Funimation following the $1.175bn acquisition, which also includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles. The sale was first reported in August, when reports emerged […]

Sony invests $400m in Chinese streamer Bilibili

Sony is ploughing $400m into streaming and entertainment service Bilibili, in a deal that will value the Chinese company at more than $8bn. The investment will hand Sony a 5% stake in Bilibili and also includes an agreement that the two companies will work together on entertainment collaborations in China. Bilibili operates across entertainment sectors, […]

Sony closes offices in UK, Poland as Coronavirus concerns spread

Sony has closed offices in the UK and Poland as concerns over the spread of Coronavirus grow. The company has shuttered three of its buildings in Europe for the remainder of the week, with its London, Paris and Gdynia (Poland) offices affected. Sony’s decision, first reported by UK trade Broadcast, is a precautionary measure taken […]

More than 300 channels could leave UK following Brexit, analysts suggest

More than 300 channels operated by international broadcasters from the UK could move to Europe as the impact of Brexit makes itself felt, according to research by analysts at TBI sibling IHS Markit. According to IHS duo Tim Westcott and Aled Evans, the number of TV services licensed by UK regulator Ofcom declined to 879 […]

Online TV sales platform Vuulr goes global

Online programme sales platform Vuulr has rolled out internationally after launching across Asia in January 2019. The Singapore-headquartered Vuulr features TV and film content from producers and distributors including Sony, Picture Tree International, Banijay Rights, Warner Media, CNN and Toonz Media Group, comprising over 30,000 hours across over 60 genres and 70 languages. Buyers registered […]

Exclusive: All3 poised for Red Arrow Studios as sales process enters final stages

All3Media is leading the pack in its pursuit of Red Arrow Studios, with the sales process for ProSiebenSat.1’s production arm now entering the final stages. TBI understands that All3, which is backed by Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, is the leading contender for Red Arrow, which was put up for sale by ProSieben during the […]

Sony’s female-led ‘Bad Boys’ spin-off finds UK home

Viewers will get to see the Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union backed-cop series LA’s Finest on Fox in the UK, following a deal with Sony Pictures Television. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and 2.0 Entertainment with SPT, LA’s Finest is an action series spin-off of Bruckheimer’s Miami-based Bad Boys franchise, in which Union also stars. The series […]

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