Disney raids US streamer Hulu & ABC for Star’s initial content offering

Disney has unveiled some of the first titles to launch on its new Star branded streaming offering next month, including the first two so-called originals – ABC thriller Big Sky and Hulu’s romantic comedy Love, Victor – which will be shown internationally for the first time. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. […]

Disney plans $16bn content spend, 350m subs target & raft of new originals

The Walt Disney Company has announced plans to spend between $14-$16bn on content for its streamers, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, by 2024, as it revealed it has already surpassed 137 million paid subscriptions across its DTC services. Disney aims to increase this to 300-350 million subscribers by 2024 and has also set a target of […]

Disney reveals new global entertainment streamer Star, eyes 2021 roll-out

Disney is to launch a new international direct-to-consumer (DTC) offering named Star that will sit alongside its recently rolled out streamer Disney+, which has now claimed more than 60 million subscribers worldwide. The new service will launch next year and will offer general entertainment programming from across Disney’s businesses, including ABC Studios, Fox Television, FX […]

Keshet nabs Nordic noir for Cannes

Keshet International has picked up international rights to Fallet, a new Scandinavian noir series out of Sweden. The eight-part drama follows a Swedish and a British detective – Lisa Henni (Easy Money) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) – as they investigate a gruesome murder. Swedish prodco FLX (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window […]

Propagate taking international formats to the US

Propagate is taking a telenovela from Argentina and a Turkish dating format into the US, company bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens have told TBI. The A+E-backed US prodco will work up a US version of the Telefe telenovela Educating Nina, in partnership with the US division of the Argentinian broadcaster. The series, about […]

A+E hires Indian boss

The joint venture partners that run AETN18 have appointed Avinash Kaul as president of the Indian channels joint-venture. Kaul will run the JV and continue in his role as CEO of news and current affairs channel IBN Network. A+E inked a joint venture with TV18 in 2010 and relaunched the flagship History channel in India […]

TV Formats: Made in China

A decade ago China was considered the enemy of the international formats business, but today it is a key international buyer. Now, its producers and broadcasters are looking to export their own wares. “I’ve been doing business in China for the last decade. I was there trying to sell my formats when they were all […]

A+E poaches Star exec for Asia Pac

A+E Networks has hired Prem Kamath as deputy managing director for its Asia Pacific operations. Kamath will join channel operator A+E from Star where he was executive VP & general manager, overseeing Channel V and Star Pravah. Based in Singapore, A+E’s new recruit will work across commercial and strategic operations at the channel operator, reporting […]

Talpa cuts international format deals

John de Mol-owned formats firm Talpa has struck deals for local versions of its shows in France and Africa. France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has ordered a local version of The Winner Is… Shine France is making the French show and Benjamin Castaldi (Secret Story) will host the gameshow. Shine France also makes the French […]

Turkish version of The O.C. launches on Star

Youth-skewed drama The O.C. is the latest US scripted series to be remade in Turkey. Broadcaster Star has commissioned a local version that is being made by Turkish prodco Ay Yapim. The thirteen episode local version debuted on Star last week. The Turkish remake is the first time the Warner Bros.-owned series has been made […]