Scripted round-up: US remake for Belgium’s ‘Team Chocolate’; Showtime adapts Swedish book for TV; Netflix reveals ‘All The Light We Cannot See’

LA-based STXtelevision has teamed with Newen’s Reel One Entertainment to develop and produce an English-language adaptation of Belgian drama Team Chocolate. The two companies have secured format rights from French independent distributor Wild Bunch TV and are planning a show for US audiences based on the Belgian series. The original show follows a young man […]

Starzplay & Pantaya prep ‘El Refugio’ drama with Fremantle & Fabula

Starzplay and Spanish-language streamer Pantaya have partnered with Fremantle and Chile-based prodco Fabula on a paranormal drama miniseries. El Refugio (The Shelter) follows a family as they experience an array of unusual phenomena apparently caused by an alien invasion, but which only appears on screens. The 6 x 60-minute show is based on an idea […]

Starzplay joins TF1 on child murder drama ‘A French Case’

Global streamer Starzplay has partnered with French broadcaster TF1 on the upcoming anthology series A French Case. The show, which is being produced by Cheyenne Federation, will focus on the tragic murder of four-year-old Grégory Villemin, who was abducted from his home in Lépanges-sur-Vologne in 1984. The series has been created by Jérémie Guez and […]

Starz promotes Superna Kalle to president of international networks

US-based Starz has upped streaming chief Superna Kalle to become president of international networks. Kalle, who was previously EVP of international digital networks at the Lionsgate-owned company, has led the global expansion of streamer Starzplay, which is now in 58 countries. She continues to report into Starz president & CEO Jeffrey Hirsch and oversees all […]

TBI Weekly: Harnessing anime’s subscription-driving power

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton digs into what is driving rising global demand for anime and how streamers can make the most of the medium’s passionate fanbase. Global demand for Japanese anime content is skyrocketing, with streamers worldwide increasingly recognising the appeal – and subscription-driving potential – of this medium, once seen as niche, but […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Digging into the MENA OTT boom

Max Signorelli, senior analyst for entertainment at research powerhouse Omdia, examines the current state of the OTT market in the MENA region. Paid OTT video subscriptions rose by nearly 77% year-on-year (YoY) in MENA last year, reaching just over six million at the end of 2020. The majority, 70% of the total of these subscriptions, […]

Exclusive: MENA’s Starzplay unscripted plans & Ramadan drama success

Dubai-based SVOD Starzplay is moving into original unscripted content, with several as-yet unannounced formats in development. Khaled Benchouche, SVP of strategy & original content at the MENA-region streamer, told TBI “a few formats” are in the works, with plans to have up to five originals by 2022. The SVOD, which streams Arabic and Hollywood content to […]

Starzplay partners with Canal+ Group on first French co-production

Lionsgate-owned streamer StarzPlay and France’s Canal+ Group have commissioned comedy drama All Those Things We Never Said, an adaptation of Marc Levy’s novel, starring Jean Reno and with the author attached to write and showrun the series. Canal+ Group-owned production and distribution giant Studiocanal will distribute the 10 x 30-minute French-language drama internationally, with the […]

Starz orders Sharon Horgan & Jeff Astrof paranormal comedy, Starzplay takes int’l rights

US cablenet Starz has greenlit a paranormal comedy from Trial & Error’s Jeff Astrof and Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan, which will also be available via streamer Starzplay around the world. Shining Vale follows a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town and into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. It stars […]

Round-up: Fugitives strike South African drama pact; Starzplay welcomes ‘Dr. Death’; Int’l nets add ‘Angelo Rules’

Fugitives strikes South Africa drama pact Production and financing company Fugitive has struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice that will see it becoming the exclusive distributor for scripted originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform. The partnership will see Fugitive launching three new drama series – Lioness, Dam […]

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