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10 Global TV Stories You Should Know: 09/28/2023

Written by 28 September, 2023

Here are the global TV stories that should be on your radar for Thursday, September 28th, 2023:

BET+ & Prime Video Africa Grab E4 Adaptation Of “Explosive” YouTube Couples Show ‘Blue Therapy’ (Deadline)
BET+ has boarded buzzy upcoming UK couples series In Love & Toxic: Blue Therapy. The deal gives the Black culture streamer U.S. rights to the show, which debuts on E4 in the UK on October 5 and comes from Luti Media and Trend Cntrl.

Forecast: FAST Revenues $17bn By 2029 (Advanced-Television)
Global FAST revenues for TV series and movies will reach $17 billion (€16.1bn) across 138 countries in 2029, up from $8 billion in 2023, according to the Global FAST Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research.

Pluto TV, Roku & Samsung TV Plus To Account For 50% Of Global FAST Revenues By 2029 (TBIVision)
Global FAST revenues will reach $17bn across 138 countries in 2029, up from $8bn in 2023, with Pluto TV, Roku Channel & Samsung TV Plus to account for almost half of this total, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

Three Polish TV Series And The Original Movie ‘Quack’ To Premiere On Netflix This Fall (
Polish viewers love local stories, which is why this fall we are presenting them with three original Netflix series. "Infamia" is a colorful and dramatically rich story about the search for one's own identity, set in the world of contemporary youth and the Roma community. "Absolute debutants" is distinguished by a fresh approach to showing young people who make their debut in many spheres of life. In turn, "Feedback" is a film adaptation of the cult prose of Jakub Żulczyk, one of the most popular writers in Poland. Each of these titles will touch a sensitive chord and will not leave the viewer indifferent, says Anna Nagler, director of Netflix original series in Central and Eastern Europe

Losses, Liabilities And Revenues All Increase At Streamer Mubi UK (Variety)
The latest accounts showed that revenue grew by 53% in the January-December 2022 period, from £9.58 million ($11.7 million) to £14.7 million ($17.9 million). Net losses, after taking a tax credit of £969,000 ($1.18 million) for research and development, deepened from a £474,000 ($578,000) figure in 2021 to £2.53 million ($3.09 million) last year.

‘Alice in Borderland’ Lands Season 3 Renewal At Netflix (Hollywood Reporter)
It’s official: Netflix has renewed its hit Japanese sci-fi thriller drama Alice in Borderland for a third season. Fans of the show noticed late Wednesday that Netflix had unceremoniously dropped a teaser for a third season, leading to online speculation that more episodes of the live-action show were officially in the works.

Prime Video To Introduce Channels & Expand Local-Language Content Slate In Southeast Asia – APOS (Deadline)
Prime Video has big plans for the Southeast Asia region, including the introduction of channels and an expanded local-language content slate, the streamer's Vice President, Asia Pacific, Gaurav Gandhi, told the APOS conference today. 

France: Pluto TV On Bouygues Telecom STB (Advanced-Television)
Pluto TV, the FAST TV service, has announced its launch on Bouygues Telecom STBs in France. The Pluto TV app is now available on the Miami, Bbox 4K and Bbox 4K HDR set-top-boxes, offering the French public free access to over 100 curated channels.

Road Cycling Spins Out Ratings Tour De Force For Warner Bros (Rapid TV News)
With the conclusion of the 2023 road cycling season, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) Sports has revealed that its coverage of the Grand Tours - Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, La Vuelta a España – has set new audience records across all platforms.

WBD’s JB Perrette Outlines Max’s Global Roll-Out Strategy (TBIVision)
Warner Bros Discovery (WBD)’s streaming chief JB Perrette has outlined how the company is approaching the global roll-out of Max, admitting that partnerships will beat a rigid direct-to-consumer approach in some markets. WBD’s rebranded version of HBO Max was launched in the US this summer and is now set to roll out in Latin America.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 09/27/2023

Written by 27 September, 2023

Here are the global TV stories that should be on your radar for Wednesday, September 27th, 2023:

GB News Suspends Laurence Fox Over On-Air Comments About Female Journalist, Former Actor Hits Back On Social Media (Deadline)
Actor-turned-broadcaster Laurence Fox has been suspended by UK news channel GB News over on-air comments he made about a female journalist. In a live discussion with GB News host Dan Wootton, Fox denigrated PoliticsJOE reporter Ava Evans, asking what “self-respecting man” would “climb into bed” with her.

Research: Number Of Streaming Services Used By US Decreases (Advanced-Television)
Research from TiVo Platform Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of entertainment technology company Xperi, has found an emerging shift in entertainment consumption that is changing how consumers view entertainment spend and usage. The average number of streaming services used by US consumers decreased from 11.6 in Q4 2022 to 10.9 in Q2 2023.

Dubai Media Launches New Corporate Identity At 21st Arab Media Forum (Arab News)
The announcement came on the sidelines of the 21st Arab Media Forum, during a dinner party held by DMI at Mina A’Salam Hotel to celebrate the strategy’s approval by Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, second deputy ruler of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Media Council.

Amazon’s Kelly Day Says Original and Aggregated Content Driving Each Other Within Prime Video (Variety)
“Over the last few years, we’ve invested in a lot of big titles – ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Citadel,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ – and these titles really resonate with our Prime customers all over the world, and we see these working in almost every country around the world. That’s really what brings people into Prime Video. And then the opportunity is, once we have [viewers] engaged with our platform, going out and seeking [third party] content, whether that is ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘The Last of Us, ‘Barbie’ or ‘Super Mario Brothers,’ They’re really engaging with that marketplace person once we have them come into the fold,” said Day, speaking at the APOS media and entertainment conference in Indonesia on Wednesday.

DFB Is To Launch FAST Platform To House German Football Content (Digital TV Europe)
The German Football Association (DFB) is to launch a FAST channel called DFB Play TV which will house live and on-demand content from the DFB Cup, the Google Pixel Frauen-Bundesliga , the German U21, U20 and U19, the women’s national team home games and the 3rd league.

Paramount+ Expands Korean Content Slate With Three Titles Under CJ ENM Partnership – APOS (Deadline)
Paramount+ is expanding its global Korean content slate with three new series produced through its partnership with Korea's CJ ENM. The three titles – Dongjae, The Good Or The Bastard, Dreaming Of Cinde Fxxxing Rella and Pyramid Game – will launch exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They will also be licensed by Paramount Global Content Distribution outside of Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Survey: 46% Dissatisfied With Major Streaming Services (Advanced-Television)
Nearly half (46 per cent) of viewers do not believe they are getting good value from major streaming services, with nearly a fifth (19 per cent) saying they could do better, according to a survey by Bitcentral’s ViewNexa, the unified workflow solution.

WBD Reports Record-Breaking Streaming Figures For Cycling Coverage (Digital TV Europe)
Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) Sports Europe has reported record-breaking streaming figures following its coverage of Grand Tours such as Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta a España. The company said its live and on-demand coverage of La Vuelta, discovery+ saw streaming figures spike by 72% year-on-year.

Zee One Channel Returns To Television Screens Via Samsung TV Plus In DACH (Broadband TV News)
Zee Entertainment Enterprises is relaunching Bollywood channel Zee One into the German market. The premium content has been specially adapted for the German market with successful Indian television series including Jamai Raja, Kundali Bhagya and Jodha Akbar dubbed into the German language.

Youku & FriDay Video Pick Up Mandarian Sci-fi ‘Venus On Mars’ (TBIVision)
Asian streamers and FTA platforms, including Taiwan’s FriDay Video and China’s Youku, have picked up Mandarin-language sci-fi series Venus On Mars. Launching tomorrow, 28 September, the series will also debut on Taiwan’s Hami Video, Singapore’s Singtel TV GO and, Cambodia’s PNN TV and PNN Plus.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 09/26/2023

Written by 26 September, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming TV stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, September 26th, 2023:

Action Movies & Costume Drama Shoots Barred In Paris During 2024 Olympic Games (Deadline)
France's National Cinema Centre, Paris city hall's Mission Cinema and regional body Film Paris Region have unveiled location filming regulations for the period around and during the Olympic Games and Paralympics in the French capital in 2024.

Australian Producers Win Battle To Reinstate New South Wales Funding Schemes (TBIVision)
Australia’s New South Wales government has backtracked on plans to slash state funding programs, a move that producers said would create a “disaster” for the local industry. The Made in NSW Fund and the Post Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Fund will be immediately reopened, with pre-existing requirements and terms in place.

Court Rules Netflix Infringing Broadcom Patent (Advanced-Television)
Broadcom has announced that the District Court of Munich, Germany, ruled that Netflix is infringing a Broadcom patent related to HEVC/H.265 video coding. The court issued an injunction requiring Netflix to cease and desist all further infringement in Germany.

A+E Networks Eyes CEE FAST Channels (Broadband TV News)
A+E Networks is in talks with several partners in Central Europe about launching FAST channels. A+E Networks recently began to work with Amazon in Poland, launching its SVOD services History Play and C+I Play on an a la carte basis.

US, China To Drive Global SVOD Market (Rapid TV News)
Global subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) revenues are set to reach $127 billion by 2029, up from $107 billion by the end of 2023, with the US and China accounting for half of the 2029 total, says a study from Digital TV Research.

Netflix Considers Releasing ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ In Batches Of Episodes (Deadline)
Netflix is weighing a staggered release strategy for Squid Game: The Challenge as it attempts to build a buzz around the ambitious spin-off series. The reality recreation of Korea’s blockbuster drama will premiere on November 22, but Netflix — which pioneered binge viewing — is giving serious consideration to holding back some episodes for a later release date.

Ofcom Fines Islam Channel (Advanced-Television)
Media regulator Ofcom has imposed a £40,000 (€46k) financial penalty on Islam Channel Ltd for serious and repeated breaches of its broadcasting rules. Islam Channel is an English-language satellite TV station airing religious instruction, current affairs, documentaries and entertainment programmes from an Islamic perspective.

Canal+ Refuses To Bid For Ligue 1 Rights (Broadband TV News)
Canal+’s president Maxime Saada has informed the French Football League (LFP) that the broadcaster will not participate in the tender for Ligue 1 TV rights. In a letter to LFP’s president Vincent Labrune and seen by the publication L’Équipe, he accused the league of “never stopping to penalise Canal+”. He also said that LFP favoured Amazon and its objective was to remove Canal+ from the process.

Moonbug Channel Launches In Maldives And Mongolia (Digital TV Europe)
Candle Media-owned kids media outfit Moonbug is to launch its Moonbug Channel in The Maldives and Mongolia. The channel, which is partnering with MediaNet in the Maldives and Univision in Mongolia, features content from across the Moonbug portfolio of properties and is scheduled to launch across the different territories throughout September.

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Russell Brand Allegations Prompts Warning Letter From Channel 4

Written by 18 September, 2023

A joint investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches, The Times and The Sunday Times published late last week unveiled a series of allegations against actor Russell Brand, including incidents reported by members of crew on the Channel 4 programs, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, and Kings of Comedy. Both shows are produced by Endemol.

Among the allegations in the report was that someone had flagged Brand’s behavior during discussions on casting him for an upcoming series.  

The solution that was offered, the woman charged, was that the company would take female staff off the crew. Russell Brand was not cast in any shows that year, although the report wasn't able to determine whether the warning had any impact on the casting decision.

Channel 4, the BBC and Banijay have all opened internal investigations to examine the allegations. Also, Channel 4’s chief content officer Ian Katz has issued a note to the broadcaster’s suppliers, reinforcing its requirement the production companies follow Channel 4’s code of conduct.

Here is the text of the message in full:

I’m sure you will have heard the deeply troubling allegations reported by Dispatches and The Times/The Sunday Times on Saturday night. 
We are appalled to learn of these and we and Banijay will be investigating further to try and understand who, if anyone, was made aware of Brand’s alleged behaviour, and what, if any, action was taken. We also want to hear from anyone else who was impacted by his alleged behaviour. 
In the meantime I hope the ugly picture that emerges from the Dispatches film will redouble our commitment to ensuring safe working conditions for all those in our industry, one free of bullying, harassment or any form of abuse. 
While the allegations relate to programmes made for Channel 4 between 2004 and 2007, I wanted to use this moment to reinforce the need for all our current production partners to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct and raise any concerns with us immediately during production. We also require all production companies to publish Channel 4’s Speak Up facility (or an approved alternative) providing those working on our productions with a confidential process to escalate concerns to Channel 4.  We are here to help address any problems in a robust and appropriate manner.   
We particularly want to hear from anyone else who was impacted by the alleged behaviour reported by Dispatches so please bring to our attention any historical allegations or concerns. 
We take our responsibility to create a safe, respectful and professional industry very seriously and I’m sure you are equally committed to that principle. 
Kind regards, 
Ian Katz 
Chief Content Officer 
Channel 4   

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10 Stories You Should Know: 09/13/2023

Written by 13 September, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming video stories that should be on your radar for Wednesday, September 13th, 2023:

Writers Guild Of Great Britain’s Sandi Toksvig Urges Streamers To End “Buy-Out Agreements” & Embrace Residual Model (Deadline)
Sandi Toksvig, the President of the Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), has urged streamers to end their practice of “buy-out agreements” and embrace residuals, aligning with the WGA’s demands.

Western Europe Set To Overtake North America In Streaming In 2024 (Rapid TV News)
Research from Ampere Analysis has revealed that the number of households taking at least one subscription OTT service in Western Europe is set to surpass North America next year, with the UK and Germany driving much of this growth.

SkyShowtime “On Track To Have 50% Of 2023 Box Office” (Advanced-Television)
Less than one year since its initial launch in the Nordicsm six months since completing its roll-out across more than 20 European markets, SkyShowtime now boasts a strong line-up of first-run feature films and exclusive series.

Amazon’s James Bond Reality TV Series ‘007’s Road to a Million’ Already Casting Second Season (Variety)
The Bond-inspired series, which will debut later this year on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, sees “Succession” star Brian Cox control the fate of the show’s contestants as they go on a Bond-style race around the world in the hopes of winning a £1 million ($1.2 million) cash prize. Among the 007-inspired destinations they visit are the Scottish Highlands, Venice and Jamaica.

'Han River Police' Cast Hopes To Continue On Disney+ Success (Korea JoonGang Daily)
Disney+ is looking to seize the opportunity after experiencing massive success with its recent Korean series "Moving." Next is another Korean series titled “Han River Police,” starring actors Kwon Sang-woo, Kim Hee-won and Bae Da-bin.

Sky News Executive Chair David Rhodes: “We Want Our Coverage to Set an Agenda, Not Present One” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Sky News, the news arm of Comcast-owned European media and technology giant Sky, David Rhodes, executive chairman of the Sky News Group, said in London on Tuesday evening. Speaking during a Sky News showcase at Somerset House in central London, he talked about the news brand’s approach.

Report: UK TV Sector Revenues £3.9bn In 2022 (Advanced-Television)
The 2023 Pact Census reveals that UK TV sector revenues reached their highest ever levels in 2022, driven largely by the growth of international revenues and a significant increase in streaming commissions. Total sector revenues returned to growth levels seen before the pandemic, increasing by 21.3 per cent on 2021.

Orange España Adds Seven Sport-Themed Channels To TV Service (Digital TV Europe)
Orange España has announced it has added seven new sports-focused channels to its TV offering. Orange TV subscribers in Spain will have access to the new channels at no extra cost, with content such as American football, basketball, golf, motor racing, tennis, winter sports and more.

Apple TV+ debuts On Indian OTT Aggregator Tata Play Binge (Live Mint)
Direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Play Ltd (earlier Tata Sky) on Tuesday added Apple TV+ on its over-the-top (OTT) aggregation service Tata Play Binge. This marks the American streaming video platform’s debut on any Indian aggregator, and its only second such tie-up worldwide.

BBC Studios & UKTV Stock Up On AMC Networks Dramas For UK & Benelux (TBIVision)
BBC Studios and its broadcast group UKTV have jointly acquired the UK and Benelux rights to a slew of AMC Networks shows for FTA channels Drama and Alibi and streamer UKTV Play, and BBC First in Benelux.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 09/06/2023

Written by 06 September, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Wednesday, September 6th, 2023:

BBC Considers Replacing Huw Edwards On Election Night Show As Presenter Remains Suspended (Deadline)
The BBC is actively weighing up whether it should replace Huw Edwards as the anchor of its flagship election night show amid continued uncertainty over the presenter’s future. Edwards has been suspended since July as the BBC investigates his conduct following allegations in The Sun newspaper that he paid a young person for sexually explicit images.

Viaplay’s Head Of Scripted In Norway Becomes Latest Exec To Depart Nordic Streamer (TBIVision)
Viaplay’s head of scripted content in Norway, Tanya Nanette Yildiz Badendyck, has become the latest senior exec to depart the Nordic streamer. Badendyck had been with the company since 2018, initially joining as an exec producer before being promoted two years later to lead its drama and comedy originals in Norway.

Disney+ UK Launches £1.99 Promo (Advanced-Television)
From September 6th to September 20th, new and returning customers in the UK can subscribe to the Disney+ streaming service for £1.99 per month for three months – an £18 saving compared to the regular price for three months.

Streaming Cancellations, Price Increases Threaten Churn Uptick (Rapid TV News)
The clash for streaming market share continues, with consumers perceiving the price-value relationship of many global and local streaming offerings to be shifting out of balance leading to service cancellations says Simon Kucher’s recent Streaming Study.

ZEE5 Global’s Original Slate Picking Up Pace In U.S. (Deadline)
ZEE5 Global’s slate of original series and films are beginning to pay dividends for the South Asian content streamer in the U.S. We recently reported the service had seen Stateside viewing rise 35% year-on-year and new stats released today show the amount of time original content is being viewed is up by an even higher amount, 46% over the last year.

Channel 4 And Oktagon MMA Sign Broadcasting Deal (Digital TV Europe)
Channel 4 is to broadcast the European marital arts competition Oktagon MMA across its platforms. The UK pubcaster will showcase Oktagon MMA’s live events and programming on Channel 4 streaming service and the Channel 4 Sports YouTube channel. The deal comes as the MMA organisation expands into the UK and Ireland market.

Paramount+ Takes Streaming Rights To ‘South Park’ In Canada (TBIVision)
Paramount+ has become the exclusive home of long-running adult animated comedy series South Park in Canada. As of 1 September, the service will now house all 315 episodes, movies and specials, including season 26, which was released earlier this year, as well as future instalments.

CANAL+ Group Expands French Polynesia Offer (Broadband TV News)
CANAL+ Group and OPT Group are launching a joint telecommunications and television packages in French Polynesia.

India: Prime Video Adds Chaupal (Advanced-Television)
Prime Video has announced the addition of Chaupal to Prime Video Channels in India. Chaupal offers a curated line-up of popular Punjabi language content including a library of the latest and blockbuster Punjabi movies and web series.

MultiChoice Ghana Invests Millions In Original African Content (Business Ghana)
MultiChoice, which also operates the GOtv service across multiple countries, along with Showmax, has made a significant financial commitment to produce high-quality African content for its customers. Okyere made these remarks during the MultiChoice Ghana Media Showcase held in Accra.

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10 Global TV Stories You Should Know: 09/05/2023

Written by 05 September, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, September 5th, 2023:

Research: Value Perception Key In Maintaining SVoD Subs (Advanced-Television)
Research from global consultancy Simon-Kucher into consumer streaming behaviour and preferences reveals that the current perceived price-value positioning leaves little headroom for straightforward price increases. Price increases without also increasing the perceived product value could be costly for both global and local streaming providers, leading to risks of cancelations in a competitive market.

Netflix Makes ‘Most Significant Expansion’ Into Africa With New Slate & Content Partnerships (TBIVision)
Netflix has announced a slate of new African programming at MIP Africa, including a new YA series, Miseducation, and the fourth season of teen crime drama Blood & Water. The global streamer also revealed that it has struck several multi-title partnerships with South African creators and production companies.

ITV Confirms ‘Love Island: All Stars’ Edition (Deadline)
ITV has confirmed Love Island: All Stars, bringing together UK contestants from down the years for the first time. The spin-off show will kick off in South Africa next year, with more information on the former ‘Islanders’ coming in due course.

MBC Group Extends Partnership With Paramount In Kids Entertainment Expansion (Arab News)
The deal will see the largest media company in the Middle East and North Africa region bring more of Paramount’s children’s entertainment content to its platforms, including MBC3, and Shahid.

Netflix Teases ‘The Crown’ Final Season Will Feature A Royal Wedding (The Hollywood Reporter)
Netflix has revealed that Prince Charles (now King Charles III) and Camilla Parker-Bowles’ 2005 royal wedding will be featured in the sixth and final season of The Crown.

French Scripted Deals Fuel Record $231m Int’l Sales, As Streamer Deals Power Growth (TBIVision)
French programming enjoyed strong sales last year driven by scripted although pre-sales and international coproductions were down, according to the annual Unifrance-CNC French export figures, revealed at Rendez-vous in Biarritz yesterday. Sales generated revenues that were up 15.4% to €214.8m ($231m) – their highest level ever – thanks to a peak year for French drama.

Channel 4 Makes FAST Arrival Into International Channels Business (Rapid TV News)
In a move that the UK broadcaster says is a pivotal moment for the company, Channel 4 has launched its first ever international channels after striking deals with US streaming platforms Tubi, Plex and Xumo Play.

Netflix: “Audiences Embracing Asian Unscripted Shows” (Advanced-Television)
In Asia, unscripted content has always been very popular, notes Netflix — and this is true for the growing slate of reality and variety shows on the streaming platform. In fact, three in four Netflix members in the APAC region tuned in to this genre last year.

Serie A Considering Own Video Service (Broadband TV News)
Italy’s Serie A may launch its own video service offering live coverage of football matches if broadcasters do not improve their offers for rights.

Fleeting Lies To Premiere On SkyShowtime (Advanced-Television)
SkyShowtime has announced that Original series Mentiras Pasajeras (‘Fleeting Lies‘) will premiere exclusively on the service from October 9th, with new episodes available to stream every Monday. The series’ cast includes Elena Anaya, Pilar Castro, Hugo Silva, Quim Gutiérrez and Susi Sánchez.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 08/15/2023

Written by 15 August, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, August 15th, 2023:

Lucasfilm Closing Singapore VFX & Animation Studio After Two Decades (Deadline)
Lucasfilm is closing its Singapore visual effects and animation studio after nearly two decades, potentially leading to around 300 layoffs. Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) VFX and animation studio opened in the nation in 2004 to work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Eurosport, Discovery+ Cover World Athletics Championships (Advanced-Television)
The stars of track and field are preparing to descend on Budapest for the 2023 World Athletics Championships from August 19th to 27th and audiences across Europe can watch all the action on discovery+ and Eurosport.

Movies, Factual And Kids Chief Latest To Exit Viaplay (Digital TV Europe)
Nicholas Hadley-Kamptz is the latest senior exec to exit the Viaplay Group, with the head of movies, factual and kids exiting the Nordic firm as part of its widespread restructure. Hadley-Kamptz was only recently promoted into the role in January 2023, in which he oversaw the content strategy for movies, documentaries and kids’ content.

Croatia’s Drugi Plan, Germany’s Nadcon, Italy’s Fabula Team Up On Geopolitical Eco-Thriller ‘Greater Adria’ (Variety)
A pulse-pounding, pulled-from-the-headlines story of political intrigue set against the backdrop of Europe’s green revolution is at the heart of “Greater Adria,” an ambitious, pan-European co-production being prepped by some of the continent’s top independent TV producers.

Showmax Triumphs In Ruling Over ‘Gory’ Billboard Ad (My Broadband South Africa)
The advertisement depicts a woman with her blood-covered hands clasped in front of her face. Showmax argued that the image is fictitious and intended for promotional purposes only. However, it acknowledged that it may be offensive to some people.

Bargain' Invited To Toronto International Film Festival's Primetime Program (KoreaJoongangDaily)
Tving original series “Bargain” has been invited to the 48th Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Primetime program, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

Meta’s ‘Let’s Feast Vietnam’ Reality Show Makes Netflix Debut In Asia (Variety)
The 10-episode “Let’s Feast Vietnam” (aka “Hành Trình K? Thú”) is part cooking competition and part-way travelogue. It also borrows something of the ‘reels’ short video feature that makes social media apps so addictive, in that contestants are required to produce video clips along their journey.

Starzplay Launches MENA Fantasy Sports Game (Advanced-Television)
Starzplay, the MENA VoD service, has launched Starzplay Fantasy Sports, a free-to-play Web 3.0 fantasy sports game. Starzplay Fantasy Sports, launched ahead of the new 2023/24 Serie A season, will be exclusively available on StarzplaySports.

The World’s Popular Series Game of Thrones Coming In Indian Languages On This OTT (Track Tollywood)
JioCinema, part of Reliance’s Jio platform, has expanded its offerings to include a wide variety of content from India and globally. JioCinema is expected to gain a significant edge in the Indian streaming market by offering popular Hollywood content to its users through this deal with Warner Bros Discovery.

Viaplay May Sell Polish Productions To Competitors (
In the spring, shooting for the series "Udar" ended, in which they play, among others. Jacek Poniedziałek, Anna Seniuk and Jerzy Bończak. It tells the story of Jacek, a popular TV presenter, whose life is suddenly turned upside down. The release date is also unknown. It is also not known when and whether the platform will make available the reality show "Powerwomen Polska", whose heroes are Kayah, Gosia Baczyńska, Katarzyna Puzyńska, Kamila Rowińska and Anna Hencka-Zyser.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 08/16/2023

Written by 16 August, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Wednesday, August 16th, 2023:

Stephen Nolan Allegations Shine Spotlight Once Again On BBC Presenter Behavior (Deadline)
The BBC has found itself in hot water once again over the behind-the-scenes behavior of one of its highest profile presenters. The BBC Northern Ireland Director this morning said he would not be commenting on the specifics of the case of Stephen Nolan, who, an Irish Times exposé alleged yesterday sent “sexually explicit images” of a later convicted sex offender to other BBC employees working on his radio and television shows.

South Africa's Streaming War Is Between Netflix, Showmax and… Amazon Prime Video (
According to Digital TV Research's latest projections, the biggest video streamer in Africa will be Netflix, with 7.55 million subscribers by 2029. Netflix is expected to add 3.4 million subscribers from this year.

BBC, Fremantle, Hot Docs Decision-Makers on Delivering Documentaries That Make People Say ‘Wow, I Want to See That’ (Variety)
Chang also predicted a surfeit of true crime stories, a genre that has the potential to yield a lot of creativity and layered stories in her opinion. “True Crime can be about all sorts of things,” she said.

A+E Networks Launches Streaming Channels In Belgium (Advanced-Television)
A+E Networks EMEA’s streaming channels History Play and Crime+Investigation Play are now available on Prime Video Channels in Belgium as on-demand subscription services.

“We Will Use All The Tools At Our Disposal”: Israeli Networks Form Emergency Forum To Oppose New Government Media Bill (Deadline)
Israeli networks have taken the unprecedented step of banding together to form an emergency group forum opposing the government’s new media bill. A statement from Reshet 13, Keshet 12 and public broadcaster Kan said the Israeli TV Channels Forum will “operate in an emergency mode in order to prevent the expected harm to media independence and freedom of the press as a result of the reform.”

Sorry Apple TV Users, You’ll Never Be Able To Stream Netflix Games (MacWorld)
It doesn’t matter if you’re GeForce Now, Xbox, Luna, or what-have-you—Apple does not allow game streaming apps in its App Stores. Not on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. Netflix has dozens of interactive TV shows and specials, and none of them will play on the Apple TV version of Netflix, presumably due to this restrictive App Store policy, which has been heralded as anti-competitive and anti-consumer, and it’s easy to see that point of view.

Polsat Plus Launches Low-Cost Ad-Supported Service In Streaming Revamp (Digital TV Europe)
Polish broadcaster and pay TV operator Polsat Plus Group has launched a new ad-supported subscription streaming package, aimed at customers transitioning from its old Polsat Go offering to its new Polsat Box Go service, that is available for PLN30 for the entire year.

India Bars Zee MD From Merger With Sony (Advanced-Television)
India’s Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will complete its investigation into the case pertaining to Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd owners Subhash Chandra and Punit Goenka within 8 months, SEBI Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch said in a revised order.

BBC Returns To ‘Showtrial’ From ‘Vigil’ & ‘Bodyguard’ Outfit World Productions (TBI Vision)
The BBC has ordered a second season of World Productions drama Showtrial, this time revolving around the death of high-profile climate activist. The 5 x 60-minute series is again being written by Ben Richards, who was behind the first season’s story that tracked a murder trial in the UK.

Endemol Shine Brasil Appoints Caroline Dibe As Head Of ESG (TBI Vision)
Endemol Shine Brasil has hired Caroline Dibe as head of ESG (environmental, social and governance) at the Banijay-owned company. Dibe joins the São Paulo-based firm to expand upon its ESG practices and promote an inclusive and ethical working environment across all of the production company’s operations.

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10 Stories You Should Know: 08/14/2023

Written by 14 August, 2023

Here are the global TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Monday, August 14th, 2023:

TIFF Unveils 2023 Primetime Programme Including World Premieres Of ‘Bad Boy’ & ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ (Deadline)
The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its Primetime programme for 2023 which includes the world premieres of Bad Boy and All the Light We Cannot See.

Forecast: Africa At 18m SVoD Subs By 2029 (Advanced-Television)
Bucking the US trend, African SVoD is forecast to see plenty of growth in the coming years. According to Digital TV Research, Africa will have 18 million paying SVOD subscriptions by 2029, up from 8 million at end-2023.

Netflix Mexico Reveals Upcoming Slate: New Films From ‘I’m No Longer Here’ Director Fernando Frías, ‘Somos’ Helmer Mariana Chenillo (Variety)
Netflix is toasting Mexico’s National Day of Cinema on Aug. 15 with a slew of projects, many of them tapping the country’s wealth of literary classics and original storytellers. Working with some of the most prominent local filmmakers, the streaming giant is also reaffirming its $300 million commitment to Mexican cinema and series and its #QueMéxicoSeVea (“Let Mexico Be Seen”) initiative. 

DAZN, Pluto TV Seal Exclusive Sport Content Deal (Rapid TV News)
Pluto TV has inked a deal with leading sports streamer DAZN to bring sport content to the Paramount-owned free streaming television service with the launch of five DAZN channels across multiple territories.

Charlie Kaufman Talks AI, WGA Strike & Slams Hollywood System: “The Only Thing That Makes Money Is Garbage” — Sarajevo (Deadline)
Sporting a grey WGA-branded "strike" t-shirt, writer-director Charlie Kaufman led a packed-out masterclass this morning in the main hall of the Bosnian Cultural Center at the Sarajevo Film Festival. The Being John Malkovich writer is in town to receive the Bosnian festival's career achievement award.

Crime Drama ‘The Hollow,’ Directed by Danis Tanovic and Aida Begic, Rules Drama Series Awards at Sarajevo Festival (Variety)
“The Hollow” won the best director award for Danis Tanović, best known for directing Oscar winner “No Man’s Land,” and Aida Begić. Other awards for the series included leading actor for Feđa Štukan, supporting actress for Ida Keškić, supporting actor for Boris Ler, and screenplay for Tanović, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Nikola Kuprešanin and Adnan Lugonić.

Sweden’s New TV4 Play Streamer Launches Today (Digital TV Europe)
Telia’s reorganization of its struggling media arm takes a major step today with the launch of new combined streaming service TV4 Play. Telia said that the new TV4 play will continue to offer independent journalism, entertainment and drama but will also have a larger selection of films and series.

France: DAZN, Canal+ Partnership (Advanced-Television)
Canal+ Group has announced the addition of DAZN to its sports offer in France, as well as the distribution of the Canal+ Ligue 1 channel within the DAZN app. At no additional cost for Canal+ subscribers, DAZN is included in the following Canal+ packages: Sport+ pack, Canal+ Sport, Friends & Family, Integrale and Integrale+.

Sky Sports Germany And Vizrt Stream Super Cup Straight To Tik Tok (Broadband TV News)
Saturday’s DFL Supercup between Bayern and RB Leipzig was produced in the 9:16 format as part of a collaboration between Sky Sports Germany and production solutions specialist Vizrt.

Netflix & Showmax Predicted To Boost African SVOD Subs To 18 million By 2029 (TBIVision)
The number of African SVOD subscribers will grow to reach a total of 18 million by 2029, according to a new report by Digital TV Research. This represents a 10 million increase from the 8 million subscribers expected in the continent at the close of 2023.

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