BBC & YouTube alum lands at Condé Nast Entertainment

Former BBC and YouTube exec Victoria Jaye is joining Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) to oversee its video offering. Jaye becomes VP of digital video programming & development for Europe, reporting into CNE’s Ezzie Chidi-Ofong, SVP of digital video. In the newly created role, Jaye will work on local-language content video content around Condé Nast’s brands […]

How to bridge the divide in teen TV

As linear viewership among teens and tweens continues to decline, Mark Layton finds out what’s enticing this audience away from the TV set and how ‘traditional’ broadcasters are attempting to engage them The number of teens and tweens watching broadcast TV has been on the decline for several years now. While the figures vary from […]

YouTube cuts originals as Susanne Daniels exits

YouTube’s global head of original content, Susanne Daniels, has resigned after more than six years at the US-based video-sharing giant, amid an ongoing refocusing of the company’s content strategy. Veteran TV exec Daniels joined YouTube in 2015 at the launch of the company’s premium SVOD tier and during her time at the Google-owned company, was […]

Netflix fulfils pledge to Black community with $100m support

Netflix said it has fulfilled its pledge to the Black community by moving two per cent of its cash holdings – around $100m – into Black-led banks and financial institutions in the US. The streamer previously announced plans to tackle systemic racism in June last year amid moves from various US media giants to address […]

Kids round-up: YouTube Originals scores ‘Supa Strikas’ prequel; HBO Max & Discovery ink Jetpack deals; FilmRise licenses Scholastic shows

YouTube Originals scores ‘Supa Strikas’ prequel YouTube Originals has picked up Supa Strikas: Rookie Season, a prequel to the soccer animated series Supa Strikas, from the newly-acquired Moonbug Entertainment, in partnership with UNICEF. The first half of the 12-part series will launch on 3 December on the official Supa Strikas YouTube channel and the YouTube […]

SPT launches YouTube cookery channel with Kiran Jethwa & preps originals

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has partnered with restaurateur and chef Kiran Jethwa on a new YouTube channel that will also offer original programming. The Fearless Food channel follows the Nairobi-born cook as he explores local delicacies and the cultures behind them. It will launch a series of original episodes produced by Nairobi-based Quite Bright Films, […]

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 […]