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Fox axes Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Hulu eyes its revival

Fox has cancelled three popular comedies including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which Hulu and other US players are eyeing for revival. Other titles axed in the move include popular sitcom The Last Man on Earth and The Mick, which is ending its reign after two seasons. There has been public outcry over Fox’s decision to cancel Brooklyn […]

Interview: Turner content chief Kevin Reilly

Veteran US executive Kevin Reilly is in bullish mood, and for fair reason. When he joined Turner in November 2014, cable channels TBS and TNT were both highly profitable, but a bit old-fashioned – reliant on sports, procedurals and re-runs, and Reilly believed they needed updating before time caught up with them. Things are very […]

YouTube TV ups price and adds Turner channels

YouTube TV is set to up its price from US$35 to US$40 per month, has added a host of Turner channels, and plans to up its sports output. The news came as YouTube said it will also expand its over-the-top pay TV service to 100 top US markets in the coming weeks. YouTube is adding […]

Programming duo rises at TBS

TBS, the Turner US cable channel, has promoted two key executives in Brett Weitz’s programming team. Thom Hinkle has been upped to executive VP of original programming, while Jeniffer Kim becomes senior VP of original programming. They will both continue to report to Weitz, who has lead TBS’s programming efforts as EVP since former Fox […]

Game of Thrones fever drives Time Warner growth

The stunning viewing figures for Game of Thrones have pushed Time Warner and its subsidiary, HBO, to significant subscription growth. Premium cable network HBO saw its subscription revenues rise 13% year-on-year, its highest quarterly growth in 13 years. Revenues for the three months to September 30 at HBO were US$1.6 billion, up on the US$1.43 […]

Comedy Central new home to Takeshi’s Castle

Comedy Central is the new international home for Takeshi’s Castle, having acquired the rights to new episodes from a Thailand-shot version of series. The Japanese game show will debut on Comedy Central UK in autumn 2017 before airing across Comedy Central’s international network of more than 33 branded channels, excluding the US, Canada and Japan. […]

Hulu launches live TV streaming service

Hulu has launched its new live TV streaming service in beta in the US, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 per month. The Hulu with Live TV service, which it launched at launched at its Upfront presentation in New York, includes 50 hours of recording storage, up to six individual profiles and […]

Japanese b’casters team for MIPTV Treasures

Eight Japanese broadcasters are once again joining forces to jointly launch new shows and formats at MIPTV under the Treasure Box Japan (TBJ) initiative. TBJ comprises NHK, NEP, Nippon, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo, Fuji and YTV, and the group is jointly coming to market for the seventh time. “While Japanese formats were selling ever […]

CBS greenlights Big Bang Theory offshoot

The Big Bang Theory, one the US’s most-successful sitcoms, is getting its first spin off. Big Bang broadcaster CBS has given the greenlight to Young Sheldon, which will be a half-hour, single-cam comedy for the 2017-18 season. Jim Parsons, who plays science genius Sheldon in the original sitcom, will reprise his role as narrator. The […]

Turner ups Meraz & hires from NBCU

US media group Turner has promoted buyer Valerie Meraz to a senior VP role, and hired a talent exec from NBCUniversal-owned SVOD platform Fandango. Valerie Meraz (pictured) has been upped from VP, programme acquisitions to SVP, content acquisitions and strategy for the TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and SVOD […]

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