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‘Cobra Kai’ finds new home on Netflix

Scripted martial arts drama Cobra Kai has moved to Netflix after the show was revealed to be leaving YouTube Premium last month. With YouTube no longer airing scripted content, after moving from an SVOD to AVOD service, the Sony Pictures TV-produced spin-off from The Karate Kid film franchise will premiere its upcoming third season on […]

Viu emerges top in Southeast Asia streaming poll, beating Netflix

Asia-focused SVOD Viu has ranked as the leading streaming service in Southeast Asia, according to a new report. Data from Media Partners Asia subsidiary AMPD Research claims that Viu now has 14 million monthly active users in the region, almost two million more than second place Line TV and four million more than Netflix in […]

YouTube unveils $100m content fund ‘to amplify black voices’

YouTube has revealed the first project to emerge from a new $100m content fund designed to “amplify black voices” on the Google-owned service. While details of the new fund remain scant, the first show to be supported is titled Bear Witness, Take Action. The 90-minute special is described as “a conversation aiming to unite and […]

Amazon Original tells ‘True Stories’ with French celebs and YouTube stars

French Amazon Original comedy series True Story will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in France on 26 June. Produced by Warner Bros International Television Production France for Amazon Studios, in collaboration with Talent Web/Webedia, the six-part series sees YouTube stars, including Natoo, Cyprien, Norman, Ludovik, Mcfly & Carlito, meet with French celebrity guests such as […]

Starz to revive YouTube’s cancelled ‘Step Up’ series

US cable and satellite network Starz is to revive dance drama Step Up: High Water, following its cancellation on YouTube last year. The Lionsgate-owned Starz has ordered a new 10-episode third season from creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen and Lionsgate Television. The stars from the previous seasons are set to return, while the company […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Painting Covid-19’s impact by numbers

Lockdown might be the new normal for large swathes of the world’s population but its myriad effects on content-skewing companies – and their bottom lines – remain tough to pin down. Things are becoming clearer however, as quarterly results, viewing figures and strategy tweaks come into plainer view. Here are five key figures from the […]

Netflix, YouTube among winners as US streaming soars

Netflix and YouTube viewing in the US has soared since the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the latest findings from a new report. Comscore has said that OTT streaming has significantly increased across connected TV’s (CTV) and streaming devices in the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared the illness to be a pandemic. In terms […]

TBI Weekly: Five key takeaways from NATPE 2020

NATPE has traditionally marked the start of the conference year for many execs across the Americas and Europe, with delegates heading to the warmer climes of Miami for discussion, deal-making and dinners overlooking the ocean. Yet the sunshine and downpours that accompanied this year’s event were reflective of the wider disruption facing the business – […]

MTV UK, Timberland team on two-part doc from Rumpus Media

MTV UK has teamed up with global lifestyle brand Timberland on an ad-funded documentary. The Viacom-owned channel is to air 2 x 30-minute doc Timberland Presents Nature Needs Heroes With Loyle Carner (working title), which aligns with Timberland’s largest global ad campaign ‘Nature Needs Heroes’. The doc will follow British musician Loyle Carner as he returns to […]

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