Netflix makes $5bn bet on live events with World Wrestling Entertainment deal

Netflix has struck a reported $5bn pact with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that marks a significant shift to its live events strategy. The deal begins January 2025 and will see the streamer gaining exclusive rights to WWE’s Raw show in North America, the UK and Latin America, among other territories, with additional countries and regions […]

News round-up: ZDF boards ‘Harry Wild’; Peacock debuts Ric Flair biography

ZDF boards ‘Harry Wild’ ZDF has joined as a co-producer on season two of Acorn TV’s Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild. Acorn TV has also extended the season’s episode order to two six-episode seasons, with the series produced by Dynamic Television and Metropolitan Films, with Dynamic handling worldwide distribution. Production on season two and three […]

Netflix wrestles ‘The Big Show’ for comedy

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode half-hour, multi-camera comedy series starring WWE wrestling star Paul Wight (aka The Big Show). The Big Show Show will follow what happens when the teenage daughter of the retired wrestler comes to live with him, his wife and two other daughters. Production on the series begins in LA on August […]

ITV enters wrestling arena with AEW partnership

ITV has partnered with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) to air a major wrestling event on its pay-per-view Box Office channel as well as a pre-show special on ITV4.  The broadcaster is to air Double Or Nothing from Las Vegas, which will include headline matches featuring Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho, among several others. The event, which is […]

Sky Germany agrees multi-year deal with WWE

Sky in Germany has agreed a new multi-year with World Wrestling Entertainment to distribute pay-per-view WWE events. The deal starts from this week and also covers the broadcast of flagship WWE events including Raw and SmackDown, which will be available live on Sky Sports. “We are looking forward to the renewed partnership with Sky to […]

WWE Network reports 24% increase in subs

Subscribers to over-the-top wrestling service WWE Network increased 24% year-on-year to 1.46 million in the third quarter. Announcing its results last week for the three months ended September 30, World Wrestling Entertainment said that WWE Network subscription revenue increased 18% to US$42.8 million from US$36.4 million in the prior year quarter. However, overall revenues from the company’s media division decreased […]

Leftfield pins down WWE star Cena

US producer Leftfield Entertainment has scored a development deal with WWE wrestling superstar John Cena. The pair will co-create and produce unscripted series for television networks and digital platforms, with Cena’s involvement coming through his Hard Nocks South banner. This comes after they worked together on Fox’s American Grit, which Cena (pictured) starred in and […]

WWE twins get Total Divas spin-off

WWE wrestling twins Nikki and Brie Bella are getting their own reality series on US cable channel E!. Total Bellas will be a 6x60mins spin-off of the Total Divas series, which follows the lives of wrestling entertainment company WWE’s female stars away from the ring. The new show will feature the Bella twins and their […]

Ex-WWE boss to run Smithsonian, Blue Ant 4K co

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks have teamed to launch Blue Skye Entertainment, a new UK-based company exclusively focused on 4K content. Canada-based Blue Ant, which runs specialty channels as well as producing and distributing non-fiction content, and the TV division of museum and research organisation Smithsonian, have appointed Jo Parkinson to run the new […]

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