SVOD


Netflix sets up Sydney office

Netflix has set up a local outpost in Australia, with a small Sydney office slowly taking shape. The streamer – which has not had any on-the-ground staff in Australia since launching there in 2015 – has hired LinkedIn director of public policy for Asia Pacific and Japan Nick O’Donnell as its local director of public […]

Streaming round-up: WarnerMedia lines up ‘Dune’, Amazon teams with Bullock

WarnerMedia taps ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director for ‘Dune’ series adaptation WarnerMedia has tapped French-Canadian Blade Runner 2049 and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve to helm a sci-fi series for the business’s forthcoming streaming service. Dune: The Sisterhood is produced by Legendary Television, and will serve as a companion series to Warner Bros.’ film reboot of Dune, which Villeneuve is also directing […]

A+E Networks UK launches true crime SVOD on Amazon Prime Video

A+E Networks UK has launched SVOD service Crime+Investigation Play on Amazon Prime Video Channels. A+E is charging customers £3.99 ($3.14) for a monthly subscription to Crime+Investigation Play, with an initial 7-day free trial. The UK service carries true crime shows such as Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence (Season 1), Homicide Hunter (Season 3) and The Jail: 60 Days […]

Netflix poaches Fox exec for theatrical distribution

Netflix has hired a 20th Century Fox distribution exec as director of theatrical distribution. Spencer Klein, who most recently served as EVP and general sales manager for 20th Century Fox, will oversee the theatrical roll-out of the streamer’s awards contenders, such as Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. He will report into Netflix’s head of film Scott […]

Quibi teams with MTV Studios to reboot ‘Punk’d’, ‘Singled Out’

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi has partnered with MTV Studios to reboot Punk’d and Singled Out for the forthcoming short-form, mobile-first platform. The two formats will be reimagined for the service, with each receiving a 20 x 10-minute episode order. Producer-distributor STXtelevision is to produce Punk’d in association with MTV Studios, while Singled Out will be solely […]

Finnish streamer orders thriller from Warner Bros. and Wall to Wall

Finnish digital firm Elisa Viihde is joining forces with Warner Bros Finland and UK-based Wall to Wall media to co-produce a six-part psychological thriller penned by Shaun Of The Dead actress and Line Of Duty writer Kate Ashfield. Set in Finland and Greece – with Athens-based Inkas Film and TV Productions co-producing the Greek-based segments […]

WarnerMedia taps development head for streaming service

WarnerMedia has tapped Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves to lead the development of its forthcoming streaming service.  Goncalves will continue to oversee the WarnerMedia-backed Otter Media — a digital media firm that owns anime streamer CrunchyRoll and has majority stakes in Gunpowder and Sky and Rooster Teeth. He will report into Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia […]

RTÉ, Acorn partner on Victorian drama ‘Dead Still’

Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have co-commissioned Victorian mystery Dead Still. The project is the latest drama venture for AME, the UK-based development division for AMC-backed SVOD service Acorn TV, which is owned by RLJ Entertainment. Together, Acorn TV with AME have commissioned a number of series, including series two and three […]

TBI Weekly: Making sense of the tug of war for BritBox (Column)

The reported friction between the BBC and ITV over windowing shows for their joint SVOD service BritBox UK, set to launch later this year, is a scenario everyone in UK television could have seen coming, argues Stephen Arnell.  There has always been an inherent tension between the BBC and ITV’s ambitions for their own FVOD […]

Canada’s CBC bets big on entertainment as it woos advertisers

Canadian public broadcaster CBC is betting on scripted production and fact ent juggernaut Battle Of The Blades as it launches a charm offensive for advertisers. CBC’s Upfront presentation in Toronto on Wednesday (29 May) was the first for new president Catherine Tait (pictured, below), who joined the public broadcaster last July, as well as Barbara […]