Hooq gets hyper-local for new Southeast Asia strategy

Hooq CEO Peter Bithos tells TBI how he is transforming the Singapore-based streamer from the ‘home of Hollywood’ to the home of hyper-localized content for emerging markets. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. In what is now one of the most competitive SVOD environments in the world, Hooq – the WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Television and Singtel–owned streamer operating […]

CW revives Constantine as toon

US broadcaster The CW is to revive the comic book-inspired Constantine ­– but as a web cartoon. A David S. Goyer- and Daniel Cerone-created Constantine had aired on NBC between October 2014 and February 2015, but was cancelled due to low ratings despite developing a small cult following. The CW has now moved to reboot […]

Netflix extends CW content pact

Netflix will remain the exclusive US subscription on-demand home of programming from broadcast network The CW following a new agreement. The pair have concluded a deal that will see shows such as The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin made available to Netflix subscribers in their entirety eight days after their finale. Also included […]

CBS bypasses second Rush Hour

Middling ratings have put paid to CBS’s hour-long drama series Rush Hour. The series, which comes from Warner Bros. Television and is based on the movie franchise of the same name, has taken average 1.2 ratings (six million viewers) for the US broadcaster. This has not been deemed enough to keep it going, and star […]

Supergirl flies to CW as Agent Carter crashes

The US networks are well underway in building their next generation of scripted shows, with CBS moving Supergirl to The CW and ABC cancelling a number of shows, including Marvel’s Agent Carter. Almost every network has made early pick-ups in the past few days, with Supergirl moving channels amid flagging ratings on CBS among the […]

Superheroic acts

Ahead of another season of fresh US studio dramas, Jesse Whittock investigates the role superhero programming will play as different forms of the genre proliferate on channels and platforms around the world “Nearly every major network in the US has a superhero show,” observes one senior European acquisitions executive. Recent broadcast seasons in the US […]

Sky picks up another US superhero series

UK satcaster Sky has acquired DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for its flagship Sky 1 channel. The series, which was first presented to international buyers at this year’s LA Screenings, will launch on The CW in the US and on Sky 1 in 2016. Sky has stocked up on superhero drama and the show will sit alongside […]

Supergirl flying onto Sky

Sky in the UK has acquired US superhero series Supergirl for its flagship entertainment channel Sky 1. The series will launch in the UK on October 29 (Thursday) in an 8pm slot. It debuts on US broadcast net CBS a few days earlier on October 26 in an 8.30pm slot. Supergirl follows the adventures of […]

Foxtel calls on Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow

Australian cable platform Foxtel has acquired new season Warner Bros. superhero dramas Supergirl (above) and Legends of Tomorrow (below) The shows would have previously automatically gone to Nine Network, but the free-to-air broadcaster allowed its output deal to lapse earlier this year as it moves away from expensive foreign acquisitions. Supergirl, which was among the […]

Global stocks up on US series for new season

Shaw-owned Canadian net Global has bought a slew of new US series for its fall schedule. The free-TV broadcaster has acquired ten big-ticket dramas that launched at the LA Screenings last month, including Supergirl and movie reboots Limitless and Minority Report. The net has struck deals with several of the US majors to secure the […]