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Endemol Shine partners with China’s Youku for originals

Endemol Shine Group has reached a co-development partnership between its China office and China’s VOD service Youku to create and produce two new original series for the market in 2018. In the deal, the two parties will co-create big budget, non-scripted shows. International creative talent from Endemol Shine Group and Endemol Shine China will bring […]

McMafia heads to China and Sweden

Ahead of its Showcase event in Liverpool next week, BBC Worldwide has announced that McMafia has been sold to services in China and Sweden’s pubcaster, SVT. In China, McMafia will appear as The Godmans on IPTV service providers OPG and Youku. The crime series, starring James Norton (War and Peace) and Juliet Rylance, focuses on […]

Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

Chinese VOD nets welcome Teletubbies

Chinese streaming services Youku and iQiyi have both acquired both seasons of the rebooted Teletubbies preschool series. Deals with Canada-based DHX Media see Youku and Baidu offering season one from June 1 via their SVOD and AVOD services. DHX has licensed more than 9,700 hours into China to date, and has also secured a Teletubbies […]

Alibaba’s Youku taking Saturday Night Live into China

A Chinese Saturday Night Live (SNL) is in the works, with Alibaba-owned online platform Youku making a local version of the long-running NBC comedy series. China’s SNL will be the flagship entertainment show in Youku’s fall/winter line-up. The format is distributed by NBCUniversal, which struck the Youku deal. It is the latest agreement for a local version […]

Discovery, Chinese MCN target millennials

Discovery Communications and Chinese MCN VS Media have launched Tan Ba, a new digital service that programmed with shortform content. Aimed at Chinese millennials, the Tan Ba content will come from Discovery’s vast programming catalogue, and be customised and localised by VS Media, which Discovery bought into last year. Content on Tan Ba will be […]

Alibaba OTT nets bag exclusive DreamWorks deal

Alibaba’s over-the-top services in China will get exclusive access to content from Oriental DreamWorks after signing a three-year agreement. Included in the deal is upcoming SVOD series Trollhunters (pictured), which previously did not have a home in China as Netflix does not have distribution in the territory. Films such as Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and […]

Video app streaming booms in US, China

Video apps are experiencing significant revenue growth in the US and China, according to new research. Combined revenues from the top ten streaming apps in the US and Cina have grown by multiples of 3.2 and 9.6, respectively, the App Annie research showed. However, a third market assessed, the UK, showed relatively flat growth of […]

First presenter-led show for 500m-view Barcroft

Online channel Barcroft TV has commissioned its first presenter-led series as it passes the 500 million YouTube views mark. The UK-based operator – which is also distributor via AOL On Network, Yahoo Screen, Japan’s GyaO! and China’s Youku – has greenlit Top 5 Shorts, a weekly round-up show featuring Barcroft’s most popular and commented-on content. […]