SVOD


Plessis hired to bolster Lagardère’s SVOD efforts

France’s Lagardère Studios has appointed Thomas Plessis as director of digital business, a role that sees him support development of original mobile, SVOD and OTT content. The hire marks a return to Lagardère for Plessis, who previously sold his podcasting business to the French media giant in 2008 and then worked as radio and digital […]

Facebook orders Humans of New York original

Facebook has ordered a twelve-part original docuseries based on the popular ‘Humans of New York’ blog. The show, Humans of New York, will debut on Facebook’s new Watch platform next week. It will feature blog creator Brand Stanton, showcasing his intimate and candid conversations with strangers on the streets of New York. Since he began […]

Disney to launch branded channel on Netflix rival

Disney, fresh from pulling out of its distribution agreement with Netflix, has signed up to provide a branded channel on the streaming video outfit’s Asian rival Iflix. Disney has struck a wide-ranging deal with the Malaysia-based subscription video-on-demand company that will see it provide a branded channel on Iflix’s platform featuring Marvel and Pixar movies […]

Verizon-backed Complex lights Fuse content deal

Verizon-backed digital content business Complex Media will create original content with Latino channels group Fuse Media. A wide-ranging pact between the pair will see them producing programming and merging their ad sales teams in order to create “unique cross-platform packages to advertisers”. This includes Verizon Hearst Media Partners-owned Complex taking its short-form digital series to […]

Turner to launch OTT sports service

Turner is to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming service in the US after acquiring European Champions League and Europa League football rights for the three seasons from 2018. The OTT sports service will launch next year, with European football as a key element in its offering. Under the terms of its multi-year agreement […]

Amazon Channels adds Eurosport VOD service

Eurosport Player is joining the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria, in a move that brings live sports – including Bundesliga football – to the platform. Eurosport’s parent company, Discovery Communications, agreed the deal with Amazon, building on an existing partnership that has already seen both Eurosport Player and Discovery launch on Amazon Channels […]

YouTube adds ex-WGN & Fox execs for originals

YouTube is bolstering its original programming team by hiring former WGN America (WGN) and Fox executives. Jon Wax has been named head of drama, scripted and current at SVOD service YouTube Red, while Angela Courtin takes a marketing post. Wax previously worked at WGN as executive VP of original programming, and becomes the second exec […]

New chief for SlingTV as Lynch exits for Pandora

Dish Network’s Erik Carlson will lead its over-the-top service, SlingTV, after Roger Lynch moved to internet radio company Pandora. Carlson will on August 31 add SlingTV to his current duties as president and COO of US-based satellite pay TV provider Dish. Current incumbent Lynch is moving to Pandora as CEO, with former Sony Pictures Television […]

AMC Iberia to launch SVOD service

AMC Network Iberia is planning to launch a streaming service in Spain, in partnership with pay TV distributors, according to local reports. AMC posted a promo for the service on YouTube on Tuesday, advertising a mix of channels and on-demand content for €6.99 (US$8.22) a month. The service advertises itself as offering content in 4K […]

‘Over 50% of US millennials binge-watch daily’

More than half of US millennial broadband users binge watch content on a daily basis, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research firm said that 58% of 18-34 year-olds binge daily while 86% of all adult broadband users binge view “at least occasionally”. Frequency of bingeing is “strongly correlated with the viewer’s age”, according […]

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