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Banijay to reboot Temptation Island as it strikes Twitter deal

Banijay Group is set for a revival of its dating format Temptation Island, which last aired on Fox in 2013, as it also reveals plans for a new Twitter collaboration. USA Network is in advanced negotiations for the format which sees real life couples put their love to the test on an island of singletons, […]

ABC cancels Roseanne after controversial tweets from lead star

ABC has cancelled its lead series Roseanne after its star Roseanne Barr sent a controversial tweet about a former staffer under President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. On Tuesday, Barr tweeted “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes = vj”. The tweet has since been deleted by Barr after many criticised the star for the seemingly race […]

Former Twitter & BBC exec joins Facebook

Former Twitter and BBC executive Dan Biddle is joining Facebook’s EMEA team as strategic partnerships manager for broadcast, production and film. In a tweet, Biddle was he was “looking forward to working with the most creative people in media to made video as social and impactful as possible”. Biddle has most recently been working as […]

Opinion: tech is game for TV takeover

With analysts this week claiming sports remains the critical factor in pay TV subscriptions, Iain McDonald from Lewis Silkin argues the battle for sports rights offers a glimpse into the future of television. With the arrival of US tech giants onto the scene, television has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade – a […]

Discovery hires Twitter TV chief

Discovery Communications has hired the global head of TV at social media service Twitter, Fred Graver. The industry veteran will become senior VP of digital content and social for Discovery Digital, the division that Karen Leever oversees. Graver will oversee Discovery’s digital networks teams across the US, and report to Discovery’s executive VP and general […]

China’s Twitter rival banned from streaming video

Chinese regulators have ruled that three of the countries major internet groups much stop streaming audio and video services as part of a drive by the country’s authorities to restrict the availability of online content. The ban onstreaming has been placed on microblogging site Sina Weibo, news portal iFeng and video streaming platform ACFUN. Sina […]

Ampere: Netflix use just 11% in Turkey

Just 11% of Turkish internet users watched Netflix in the past month, compared to a 13-country average of 24% of viewers, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm described Netflix viewing levels as “low” in the country, despite a prolific level of online video viewing on smartphones and the SVOD giant saying it had gone […]

Facebook nears scripted TV debut with MTV revival

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly close to reviving former MTV series Loosely Exactly Nicole. Bringing the single-cam comedy back would mark the first time Facebook has invested in scripted television. Netflix and Hulu have both revived linear TV shows, while Yahoo did the same with former NBC comedy Community. Loosely Exactly Nicole was one […]

Twitter channel launches on Roku

A channel featuring the best of Twitter’s live streaming video has gone live on Roku. The Twitter channel offers original programming and live simulcasts in sports, entertainment, news, and politics. Viewers can also browse commentary via the Twitter timeline as they watch live events. “The Twitter channel on the Roku platform brings together the video and […]

Twitter announces live content deals

Twitter has announced a raft of live-streamed content deals across sports, news and entertainment at its first-ever Digital Content NewFronts presentation. Twitter unveiled details of a dozen new collaborations at the New York Event in a move that will bring new, exclusive and original live programming to the service. “We could not be prouder of […]

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