WarnerMedia snags global rights to ‘Simple As Water’ doc for HBO Max & HBO

WarnerMedia has picked up worldwide and streaming rights to Simple As Water, the documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Megan Mylan (Lost Boys Of Sudan). The special, which had its world premiere on closing night of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, will have a limited theatrical run before debuting on HBO later this year and will […]

HBO Max orders first Finnish original from Helsinki-Filmi

HBO Max has unveiled its first Finnish original, with a show that delves into the workings of an art auction house and its connections to a notorious money launderer. ID (6 x 50 minutes) has been created by Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy, with local firm Helsinki-Filmi producing. Shooting is expected to begin in 2022. The […]

Exclusive: WarnerMedia eyes major European markets as HBO Max expands

HBO Max could become available in major territories including France, the UK, Germany and Italy before existing output deals run out, TBI understands, as the US studio confirmed a further raft of European launches set for next year. WarnerMedia will roll out HBO Max into seven additional countries including the Netherlands, Greece and Turkey in […]

Discovery CEO David Zaslav talks “shock & awe global strategy” with WarnerMedia

Discovery CEO David Zaslav has predicted that a combined streamer with WarnerMedia will be able to attract 200 million global subscribers within three years and said a “shock and awe global strategy” for the service is in the works. Zaslav told the Communacopia Conference in LA that the merger between the two US giants, first […]

Fox Entertainment acquires TMZ from WarnerMedia

Fox Entertainment has announced the acquisition of WarnerMedia’s celebrity news entertainment platform TMZ. The Fox Corp-owned Fox Entertainment will own and operate all TMZ-branded media properties, including its syndicated TV shows, sports site TMZ Sports, and the TooFab.com and TMZ.com websites. The brand’s editorial staff will remain in place, led by TMZ founder and managing […]

HBO Max sets European launch dates

WarnerMedia has unveiled the launch dates for HBO Max’s first European launches. The streaming platform will launch in Europe on 26 October with Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra being the first six countries to have access to the service. Next year HBO Max will become available in another 14 territories where the media […]

HBO Max in Lat Am & Spain’s FilminTV pick up ‘Pørni’

HBO Max in Latin America and Spanish streamer Filmin TV are among companies to have picked up Pørni, the Norwegian comedy-drama created by and starring Henriette Steenstrup. The show, which received its French premier at Series Mania 2021 earlier this week, is produced by Monster Scripted and has become the most-watched Norwegian original drama for […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Go & Catchplay in Asia prep Taiwanese anthology drama

WarnerMedia has linked up with streaming service Catchplay in Asia on a seven-part anthology series from Taiwan, which is being exec produced by filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. Twisted Strings (7 x 60 minutes) will co-premiere as an HBO Asia ‘original’ in early 2022 on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Go and HBO in Asia, and as an […]

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