Paramount+ available in all “top ten international markets” after Japan launch

Paramount+ has launched in Japan via cable and broadband giant J:COM, and the on-demand offering of premium pay channel Wowow. Paramount Global said that this entry meant its streaming service was now present in all the top ten international SVOD growth markets. J:COM and Wowow are making Paramount+ available to their subscribers at no additional […]

Sony’s Crunchyroll & Wowow strike pact to expand anime offering

Sony-backed anime brand Crunchyroll has linked up with Wowow in Japan to develop and produce a series of new shows, starting with the fantasy adventure Bye Bye, Earth. The deal, which also has Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan attached, will see Tom Ubukata’s Bye Bye, Earth turned into a series, ewith the story following lead character […]

Viaplay ramps up global expansion with new Select brand

NENT Group-owned Nordic streamer Viaplay has launched a new content brand, Viaplay Select, which is to launch in at least five territories this year, beginning in Japan via the broadcaster WOWOW. Viaplay Select will initially offer up to 450 hours of curated content, with more added on a regular basis. After rolling out on WOWOW […]

Sales round-up: ZDF strikes Asian sales; Hulu investigates ‘Rebecca’; Cinedigm inks deals, expands El Rey Network

ZDF strikes Asian sales Japan’s AXM Mystery and WOWOW and Reeva Films India have acquired Swedish and Russian drama series following deals with ZDF Enterprises. AXN Mystery has secured the exclusive pay-tv rights of Agatha Christie’s Hjerson (8 x 45-minutes), which is produced by BR•F, TV4/C MORE, ZDF, Agatha Christie Ltd. and Nadcon Film. WOWOW has […]

CJENM’s streamer TVing & Japan’s Wowow snag Swedish dramas

Streamers in Japan and South Korea have picked Swedish dramas Threesome, Love Me and Honour. CJENM’s TVing in Korea has acquired the trio as part of its global drama strategy, with the shows sold by its Nordic distribution firm Eccho Rights. In Japan, Wowow has picked up blue-sky crime drama Hammarvik for its subscribers, having added fellow […]

ABC’s Good Doctor travels to Japan with Wowow

Japan’s premium pay-TV broadcaster Wowow has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to hit drama series The Good Doctor. The Sony Pictures Television and ABC copro, which currently airs on ABC in the US, is set to premiere in Japan on April 2018. The series has been a breakout hit in the States, becoming the number […]

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