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YouTube Red orders Rabbit reality show

Online service YouTube Red has commissioned a reality competition series from Finland’s Rabbit Films. Ultimate Expedition will see eight celebrities with no climbing experience attempt to scale the 19,970ft Mount Tocllaraju, with YouTube star and Rabbit USA president Jukka Hildén presenting. The ten-part show will roll out on Google-owned SVOD service YouTube Red in 2018. […]

Netflix suspends House of Cards season six

Netflix and production partner Media Rights Capital (MRC) have suspended work on season six of House of Cards indefinitely, following news that the show will not continue beyond 2018. Yesterday Netflix revealed that it was ending the series, news that came as claims of sexual harassment were made about leading star and producer Kevin Spacey. […]

Comedy Central makes Above Average digital hire

Viacom-owned comedy channel Comedy Central has named Jennifer Danielson as senior vice-president of digital, charged with overseeing all digital content for the Comedy Central brand, from short-form series to social video. Danielson (pictured) will also be responsible for aligning Comedy Central’s digital strategy with Viacom’s overall initiatives. Prior to joining Comedy Central, Danielson served as […]

RTVE launches youth-focused OTT service

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has launched a new online video service targeted at a young audience featuring original and interactive content. The new service, Playz, is designed to create an open space for young Spanish content creators to target a new audience, according to the pubcaster. Playz kicked off at the weekend by streaming the […]

Amazon & ITV team ‘but SVOD model ending’

A veteran British producer has warned cosy coproduction arrangements between American SVOD services and UK broadcasters will soon end, comments that come as Amazon Prime Video snaps up rights to a new ITV drama. Sister Pictures founder and former Shine UK chairman Jane Featherstone (pictured) used her BAFTA Television Lecture in London on Monday to […]

In-demand chart: Netherlands (October 23-29, 2017)

Our latest chart throws up a surprise, considering the amount of marketing, social media posts and office chatter around Stranger Things: the Netherlands still prefers Game of Thrones. The HBO fantasy epic pipped its rival to top overall spot last week, with its 3.1 million average demand expressions just out-scoring the 3.03 million Stranger Things […]

Netflix folds House of Cards amid Spacey claims

Netflix has cancelled the show that has been core to its popularity, House of Cards. The show will end after the upcoming sixth season is complete, with the decision made public soon after allegations of sexual assault were made against its leading star and producer Kevin Spacey. Earlier this week Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony […]

Amazon pledges to up video investment in 2018

Amazon has pledged to increase its investment in video next year, tailoring its content decisions based on what “resonates with Prime members”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky, said that Amazon’s video business makes good financial sense as Prime members who watch video “also spend more on Amazon”. […]

YouTube living room viewing ‘up 70% in a year’

Viewers now watch more than 100 million hours of YouTube in the living room every day, up 70% compared to last year, according to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Speaking on the Google parent company’s third quarter earnings call, Pichai said that YouTube users spend an average of 60 minutes a day on mobile – but […]

Netflix launches first aftershow with Stranger Things

Netflix will launch its first aftershow special named Beyond Stranger Things, for the TV hit’s second season. Beyond Stranger Things will be a post-show rehash throughout the latest season, which launches in its entirety today (October 27). Viewers are being advised not to start watching until they have watched the entire season first. Community star […]

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