Westworld


Westworld one of three HBO recommissions

Westworld’s stellar season one ratings have lead to the HBO sci-fi/mystery drama getting a second season commission, along with half-hours Divorce and Insecure. Season one numbers for Westworld, a remake of the 1970s movie of the same name about rogue robots in a futuristic theme park, are tracking ahead of the first runs of Game […]

Westworld lights up HBO Canada

Buzzy HBO drama Westworld has become the best ever launch for HBO Canada and The Movie Network. The sci-fi series bowed strongly on HBO in the US and also on Sky Atlantic in the UK. In both Canada and the UK the series opener beat Game of Thrones in terms of viewing numbers. On HBO […]

Westworld UK launch bigger than Game of Thrones

Westworld’s debut in the UK was bigger than both Game of Thrones and Fortitude. The new HBO sci-fi drama pulled in a consolidated 1.84 million viewers on its debut in the UK on pay TV channel Sky Atlantic. This makes it bigger than Game of Thrones’ debut (1.45 million) and previous record holder Fortitude (1.74 […]

In-demand chart MIPCOM special (October 2-8, 2016)

MIPCOM is undeniably upon the TV industry. In offices around the world, sales executives are drilling down into their new catalogues, and buyers are marking down the series that could be the game-changers for their schedules. Viewers, of course, are just interested in the best new shows available. Indeed, it’s a new show that makes […]

Westworld finally gets launch date

HBO’s troubled TV adaptation of the Westworld movie has been given an autumn launch date. The much-anticipated ten-part series was originally expected to launch last year, before production was halted so that showrunner and writer Jonathan Nolan, and fellow writer Lisa Joy could finish the scripts. At that point, the launch was expected to be pushed […]

Report: HBO Now faces Netflix in Spain

Premium over-the-top service HBO Now will reportedly launch in Spain by the year-end. The Time Warner-owned service launching in the territory means HBO will look to retain its rights from now onwards, and not license them to pay TV providers, according to report author BloombergBusiness. Existing content deals will run down, at which point the […]

Star becomes ‘India’s home of HBO’

21st Century Fox-owned pay TV service Star India has become the latest local ‘home of HBO’ after an agreement with the US-based premium television provider. As of January 1, 2016, Star’s English-language networks and digital platform Hotstar will become the exclusive broadcaster of all HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, Veep (pictured) and True Detective. […]

Star Channel becomes HBO’s Japanese partner

Japanese premium movie net Star Channel has become the territory’s exclusive home of HBO programming. An exclusive deal means subscribers to Sony Pictures Entertainment-backed Star will be the first to see HBO movies and series in Japan. It already has rights to key series such as Game of Thrones. Time Warner-owned HBO has a similar […]

Sky extends HBO deal across Europe

Sky’s role as the exclusive home of HBO programming will be extended beyond the UK and across all of the 21st Century Fox-backed pay TV firm’s European territories. A new deal sees Sky take first-run rights to HBO shows in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, and includes extensive on-demand rights. Upcoming big-ticket HBO […]

Time Warner: $19bn content investment coming

Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes says spend on production and programme marketing at the US media giant will soon reach US$19 billion. Bewkes (left) said during an investors’ call the spend was currently at US$15 billion, but would increase as synergies between the Turner Broadcasting System broadcasting business, premium channel HBO and Hollywood studio Warner […]