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News round-up: Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal; All4 rebrands as C4; Youku & France TV extend ‘Lupin’s Tales’

Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal Truly Original has inked a first-look deal with New York-based comedy producers Jim Biederman (Kids in the Hall) and Jodi Lennon (At Home with Amy Sedaris).  The writers have teamed up as a producing duo and together will help expand Truly Original’s slate of unscripted comedy series for streaming and broadcast. Working closely with head […]

Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

Kids round-up: Paramount+ brings ‘Tainá’ to Lat Am; Youku acquires ‘Dino Dana’; Chefclub Kids leads Pluto TV partnership

Paramount+ brings ‘Tainá’ to Lat Am Paramount+ in Latin America has picked up preschool adventure series Tainá And The Amazon’s Guardians, following a deal with French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo. Based on the Brazilian films of the same name, the 26 x 11-minute series, targeted at 2-5-year-olds is produced by Brazilian production company […]

MIPCOM Factual round-up: China’s Youku takes Karga’s Ottoman series; Discovery goes antiques hunting; UKTV’s W extends ‘The Shift’

Youku snags Karga Seven’s Ottoman series Chinese streamer Youku is among those to have acquired the first season of docudrama series Rise Of Empires: Ottoman, which was first available via Netflix. The show is produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Karga Seven Pictures in association with LA-based STXtv, which has also struck deals with SIC in Portugal […]

Fremantle strikes unprecedented China deal for ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Chinese streaming giants iQiyi, Alibaba-owned Youku and Tencent Video have all bought the second season of Italian-language drama My Brilliant Friend, marking the first time the three operators have acquired a non-English language European drama at the same time. My Brilliant Friend: The Story Of A New Name will launch to an audience of more […]

China’s Youku takes 80 hours of BBC Studios drama

Chinese streamer Youku has signed up for over 80 hours of drama programming from BBC Studios, including licensing the first four seasons of Sherlock. The deal, announced today at the BBC Studios Showcase event in Liverpool, includes Good Omens, Sanditon, the latest series of Doctor Who and Luther series 1-3.  Additionally, Youku will be the only Chinese video platform to air the entire […]

Netflix buys second major drama from Youku

Netflix has picked up Youku series I Hear You. The streaming giant has acquired the 24-part romantic comedy from the Chinese streaming giant, which will launch the drama later this week to international subscribers. The deal marks Neftflix’s second major acquisition from Youku, following on from 2017, when the SVOD bought thriller Day And Night. […]

China’s iQiyi poised to surpass six broadcasters in content spend

Chinese digital giant iQiyi, one of the territory’s three major subscription VOD services alongside Tencent Video and Youku, is poised to overtake spending on content by China’s top six broadcaster groups combined, according to new research from Ampere Analysis. According to Ampere, iQiyi spent RMB21.1bn ($3.13bn) on content in 2018, nearly matching the total content […]

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