Netflix’s Spanish & Lat Am originals director Marco Nobili joins ViacomCBS

ViacomCBS Networks Americas has appointed Netflix exec Marco Nobili to the newly created role of SVP of strategy and emerging business. Nobili will oversee ViacomCBS strategy for the Americas across its products and platforms, as well as leading the OTT strategy for streamers such as Pluto TV, Noggin and Paramount+. He will work with ViacomCBS […]

BT Sport launches new app for Xbox, Samsung TVs, Apple TV

BT has launched a new large-screen BT Sport app for Xbox, Samsung Smart TVs and Apple TV. The service is available free to BT Sport customers and allows them to access the BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, ESPN, BoxNation and BT Sport Extra channels. It will also feature on-demand content, highlights, […]

Hulu poaches Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed Richard Irving as vice president, product management, with the new recruit joining the on-demand service from Microsoft’s gaming platform Xbox. In his new Seattle-based role, Irving will work across product management at Hulu. In almost two decades at Microsoft he helped develop the Xbox partner programme and several functionality elements of the […]

Hulu brings in former Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed former Sonos and Xbox executive Ben Smith as its new senior vice president and head of experience. With the hire, the US video streaming service said it is bringing together four teams to make up its experience organisation – product, user experience, digital video production and customer support. Smith will lead the […]

USA launching Mr. Robot on free digital platforms

USA Network is launching the debut episode of its new drama series Mr. Robot on numerous digital platforms ahead of its linear bow. The pilot to the new show will be available on iTunes, Amazon, XBOX, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, M-GO and YouTube on May 27. The pilot from the series, which follows a young […]

ITVS hires former C5 and Xbox exec as drama buyer

ITV Studios has recruited Kate Barnes as its head of coproduction and drama acquisition. Barnes is the former Channel 5 digital channels boss who left the free-to-air broadcaster to oversee the original content efforts at the content division of Microsoft’s Xbox platform, which has now been wound down. At ITV’s production arm she will take […]

AMC to replace Xbox on Channel 4 drama Humans

US cable channel AMC is boarding Humans, the Xbox drama that Channel 4 will air in the UK. According to US reports, AMC is final stage negotiations to join the coproduction and take US rights. The sci-fi is an eight-part drama that Channel4 and Xbox jointly commissioned in April as a remake of a Swedish […]

Xbox developing live-action Winterworld series

Xbox has ordered Winterworld, a live-action series based on the Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino comic book series. The show is being developed by Xbox content division Xbox Entertainment Studio and IDW Entertainment, the TV division of the comic publisher IDW, which launched last year. The series is being developed for the Xbox platform […]

WWE, Mattel grapple with toon

Sports entertainment company WWE and toyco Mattel have tag teamed on a 26-part animated shortform toon featuring popular wrestlers such as John Cena, Kane and Sheamus. The first four two-minute episodes of the stop-motion animated series WWE Slam City launched yesterday on the Cartoonium YouTube channel and a dedicated website The series, which the WEE […]

Starz launches on Xbox

US cable net Starz has launched its TV everywhere service on the Xbox platform. Starz Play is now available on Xbox Live in the US. Users must be authenticated as Starz subscribers after which they can download the official app and watch episodes of the cable channel’s programming including pirate series Black Sails (pictured). The […]