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Turner’s Filmstruck SVOD service to roll out internationally

Turner, in partnership with Warner Bros, has announced plans to roll out its US subscription video-on-demand service Filmstruck internationally, starting in the UK. Turner International’s Digital Ventures and Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) have agreed a joint venture to launch the film streaming service across multiple territories in the next two […]

Amazon Prime hikes US price by 18% as it ups content spend

Amazon announced Friday that it will increase the price for Prime memberships in the US by 18%, as the company eyes programming with wider reach and an increase in content spend. As first reported by Recode, Amazon will increase the price for US Prime members from US$10.99 to US$12.99. Its annual membership of US$99 will […]

Sharon Horgan’s Merman hires Fremantle production head

Merman, the production company founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Rebecca Parkinson (pictured) as its head of production. Parkinson joins Merman from Fremantle’s scripted comedy label Retort and will oversee the production of all Merman projects in the newly created role. She will work closely with Mountford. The appointment […]

Caryn Mandabach prodco develops Kazuo Ishiguro novel

Caryn Mandabach Productions, which produces hit tile Peaky Blinders for BBC Two, has optioned the TV rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s (pictured) novel When We Were Orphans. Ishiguro’s widely read novels have made him the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature in 2017. His novel Never Let Me Go was transformed into the popular feature film […]

Netflix picks up talk show from Community’s Joel McHale

Joel McHale, the former star of NBC/Yahoo comedy Community, is set to host a new topical series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, for Netflix. The unscripted title will launch globally on 18 February. McHale announced the project via Twitter with a short snapshot of what’s to come. Netflix has ordered 13 episodes to […]

Endemol Shine brings in Fox’s legal exec

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is growing its legal team with the hire of Fox’s James Ward to the newly-created role of deputy general counsel. Based at the Endemol Shine’s Amsterdam headquarters, and reporting to general counsel Emma Moloney, Ward will oversee the existing team of senior counsels from April. Ward joins from 21st Century Fox, […]

Series Mania launches Writers Campus for new drama talent

Series Mania’s European Project and Talent Forum has launched Writers Campus, a week-long intensive writing workshop for 20 emerging TV drama writers throughout Europe. Under the editorial supervision of Lorraine Sullivan, Series Mania Writers Campus, in partnership with Paris College of Art (France) and Emerson College (USA), will run for one week, April 27 to […]

Keshet & Woodcut Media renew first-look deal

Following on from the success of a deal struck back in January 2016, global distributor Keshet International (KI) and producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another year. The deal gives KI exclusive access to Woodcut’s new unscripted factual crime slate for worldwide distribution. Sebastian Burkhardt, senior vice president of […]

M&A chatter continues with Amazon & Lionsgate rumours

Lionsgate has emerged as the latest major entertainment group set for consolidation, with Amazon among those linked with a takeover. According to US media outlets, a CBS-Viacom combination and telco Verizon are also interested in Lionsgate, which itself acquired premium cable network for US$4.4 billion in one of 2017’s biggest media deals. The CBS-Viacom party […]

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