Factual Round up: UKTV & ZDF pick up Scorpion TV docs; ‘Cops’ comes to social media; Rakuten TV launches ‘Seve’

UKTV & ZDF pick up Scorpion TV docs UKTV, ZDF and others have struck deals with UK-based indie distributor Scorpion TV for a slew of factual content. UKTV has acquired Children’s Ward (7 x 30-minutes) for its entertainment channel W. Originally produced by Chwarel for BBC Wales, the series explores heart-warming stories from one of the busiest children’s […]

How Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight landed inspirational women on YouTube

Nick Betts, executive producer at Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight Productions, explains how the company’s first show made it to screen, with If I Could Tell You Just One Thing launching yesterday on YouTube. It was my first day in a new job. I was hoping to get through it by not forgetting anyone’s name and to […]

BBC & YouTube alum Victoria Jaye joins WhyNow to spearhead originals

Former BBC and YouTube originals exec Victoria Jaye has been appointed as content director at London-based WhyNow Productions. Stepping into the newly created role, and reporting to CEO Gabriel Jagger, Jaye will be responsible for spearheading the company’s move into original film and TV production. She will develop films, docuseries, and live events for streamers […]

News round-up: Love Nature Launches on Telenor Sweden; Channel 5 heads to the seaside; UKTV finds out ‘Who Cares?’ with YouTube star

Love Nature Launches on Telenor Sweden Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks-owned nature streaming brand Love Nature has launched on Telenor Sweden. Audiences on the platform will have access to the brand’s programming on both the linear channel and VOD service as part of a three-year carriage deal. Programming highlights that have been localised in Swedish include Dogs With […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Will Smith fitness doc tops YouTube originals slate

Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced a new originals slate including one scripted and five unscripted shows, with a fitness series featuring Hollywood actor Will Smith topping the bill. Produced by Smith’s Westbrook Media label and YouTube Originals, the six-part unscripted series Best Shape Of My Life (working title) is set to debut next year, […]

YouTube unveils UK originals slate, with diversity & environmental focus

Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced a new slate of UK Youtube Originals, with a focus on diversity, sustainability and environmental issues. Launching on the YouTube Originals Channel from June onwards, the company says that the accessibility of its platform “offers opportunities for creators of all demographics from across the UK bypassing traditional media processes”. […]

TBI Weekly: Making a success of YouTube-first content

Streamers might be king right now but video-sharing platforms are more than holding their own, finding their place as a more natural home for viral videos and short-form content from professional studios and ‘bedroom creators’ alike. Services such as TikTok and YouTube are also providing a rich vein of creative talent for streamers in search of […]

BBC hires Disney alum to lead kids in-house drama production

The UK’s BBC has hired former Disney exec Tali Walters to oversee its in-house children’s drama production. Walters was most recently working at YouTube overseeing various kids projects and before that spent almost a decade at the Mouse House, where she worked on shows including Violetta. She will report into BBC Children’s head of production, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

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