Under the Dome

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virgin and CBS drama Madam Secretary. The deal will distributor CBS Studios International also includes exclusive Canadian rights for the NCIS franchise, which comprises NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and new season series NCIS: New Orleans, plusReckless, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, Star […]

Extant to return as Murder is greenlit

CBS sci-fi drama Extant has been handed a second season, as rival ABC gives full-season orders to How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish. Extant took an average of 8.64 million viewers, and had support from its distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video, which launch episodes four days after CBS and helped make the […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video launches on Android phones

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video OTT service on Android phones in the UK, Germany and US for the first time. The retail giant said that Amazon Prime members will be able to access its Prime Instant Video catalogue of “tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes” via an update for the Amazon […]

Netflix bags exclusive SVOD rights to Gotham

Streaming service Netflix has secured exclusive subscription on-demand rights to Warner Bros.’ hot drama Gotham. In what is being described as an “unprecedented” deal, the move represents the first time Netflix has taken first-run rights on a major network series before it has had its linear launch. Amazon has taken a similar approach on CBS […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: news digest

As part of our new weekly Buyers Briefing feature, we run down the biggest news in the sector that best reflects our interviewee’s focus. This week, we look at the goings on in digital video after our chat with TalkTalk’s Will Ennett. Upcoming themed areas will include western European pay TV channels and Asian networks. […]

CBS lines up James Patterson drama

US broadcaster CBS has gone straight-to-series on an adaptation of James Patterson novel Zoo ahead of a summer 2015 launch. Thirteen-parter Zoo will be based on the novel, which is a global thriller about a renegade scientist who battles to uncover a mystery surrounding a wave of increasingly sophisticated and violent animal attacks against humans. […]

M6 extends CBS output deal

French broadcaster M6 has extended its multi-year output deal with CBS Studios International. This comes after the LA Screenings last month where CBSSI launched scripted series such as Extant, Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans to international buyers. M6 bought its first show, NCIS, from CBS back in 2003, and this latest deal gives it exclusive […]

LA Screenings 2014: Spanish deal for Halle Berry series Extant

Spanish free-to-air broadcast group Atresmedia has snagged local rights to buzzy upcoming US drama Extant. The series stars Halle Berry as an astronaut returning to earth and starts on CBS in the US on July 9. The US broadcast networks gave it a straight to series order for its summer schedule in the same way […]

Chamberlain lands top CBS Studios Intn’l role

Barry Chamberlain has been promoted to the new role of president, sales at CBS Studios International. The promotion will see Chamberlain leading CBS’s international sales efforts and reporting into Armando Nuñez, CEO and president of CBS Global Distribution Group. Chamberlain will now lead CBS’s international content distribution business, working with Nuñez and 13 regional offices […]

CBS, Amazon score Extant streaming agreement

CBS and Amazon have replicated the deal they struck for Under the Dome and made upcoming summer season sci-fi series Extant available to stream just days after its linear broadcast. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service will launch episodes of the Halle Berry-fronted scripted series four days after they launch on the Eye network. The companies […]