AMC confirms Stillerman replacement

David Madden has been confirmed as president of original programming for US networks AMC and SundanceTV, replacing Joel Stillerman. He will also take on the same role at producer AMC Studios, reporting in all capacities to AMC, Sundance and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier. Madden was expected to make the move after leaving US broadcaster […]

The Story Lab names iflix exec as Asia Pac chief

The Story Lab, part of Dentsu Aegis Network’s media investment arm Amplifi, has appointed iflix exec Donovan Castillo-Mohlman to Asia Pacific president, effective immediately. Castillo-Mohlman will now be responsible for driving initiatives in content development for clients, as well as building capabilities across distribution and investment in premium entertainment content. He will also focus on […]

TBI Weekly: The best of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum took place this week, bringing in some of the best animators, distributors, producers and broadcasters in Europe to the French city of Toulouse from 11-14 September. Each year, the Forum awards Cartoon Tributes for the best broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer. A majority among the 900 attendees at the Forum voted France Télévisions as broadcaster […]

NBCU plans Nordic expansion for Hayu

NCBUniversal (NBCU) International is set to expand its reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, into the Nordics, in what it described as a “key milestone” for the service. The on-demand offering will launch first in Norway – in partnership with TV2 – during the fourth quarter of this year, before going live in Finland, Sweden and […]

‘US giants to offer channels through new SVOD net’

Channels from US cable TV giants like Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are set to become available on a new entertainment-focused SVOD service called Philo. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which that claims a soft-launch for the new US streaming service will roll out in the coming weeks. Philo will reportedly be […]

Netflix CFO defends $6bn content spend

Netflix financial chief David Wells has claimed Netflix’s multi-billion dollar content spend is the key factor in the international SVOD service’s subscription growth. CFO Wells reiterated Ted Sarandos’ recent admission Netflix would spend US$7 billion on shows – mostly original content such as Narcos (pictured) – in 2018, and has said spending US$20 million an hour on […]

New SVOD movies service for French launch

A new French movies-on-demand service,, will launch on October 20, bringing international movies not shown in French cinemas to internet users. The service, created by Altantis Télévision CEO Frédéric Houzelle, online entrepreneur Roland Coutas and Bruno Barde, details of which were unveiled at the Deauville American film festival, is intended as a “complement” to […]

Video viewing ‘pushes UK smartphone use past PCs’

Video viewing will help smartphones to pass computers for the first time this year as the preferred way for UK adults to access the web, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that adults will spend one hour 59 minutes a day on their smartphone in 2017, compared to one hour 58 minutes for desktop […]

Sky’s Spanish SVOD service launches

European satcaster Sky has debuted in Spain’s increasingly crowded and competitive subscription VOD service. The new Sky España service will offer twelve Spanish pay TV channels, and series and films on-demand from around the world for €10 (US$12) a month. Customers are being offered a one-month free trial, which is the standard marketing tool SVOD […]

Russian withdrawal for Netflix & Amazon predicted

Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will withdraw from Russia due to new laws on OTT platform ownership, a leading analyst has predicted. The services will boost the Eastern European SVOD sector “considerably” by 2022, but not in Russia, according to Digital TV Research. Netflix is predicted to have 3.43 million by 2022, nearly triple its […]

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