NBCU comedy SVOD service Seeso shutting

NBCUniversal is shutting its comedy-themed SVOD service Seeso. The US service’s future has been in question for the last few months, and a blog post on Facebook yesterday confirmed its closure. Seeso originals such as HarmonQuest, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, The Cyanide and Happiness Show and My Brother, My Brother and Me have transferred […]

Ownzones appoints former Netflix executive

Over-the-top entertainment and technology company, Ownzones Media Network, has appointed former Netflix exec Nick Nelson as its head of product innovation. Nelson will oversee the innovation of Ownzones’ suite of products and services and will report to chief technology officer Aaron Sloman. He will be based in Los Angeles. “We are thrilled that Nick has […]

Shapiro exits NBCU’s Seeso as strategy shifts

Evan Shapiro, the head of NBCUniversal-owned comedy SVOD service Seeso, is to leave his post. His departure this week throws the future of the all-comedy streaming service into doubt, with Seeso now transferring to NBCU digital enterprises president Maggie Suniewick. According to Vulture, which broke the story, the move will not affect Seeso’s new programming […]

Newbie distributor Limonero snags Seeso series

Newly-created distributor Limonero Films has come back from its first MIPCOM with a deal for UK rights to The Amazing Gayl Pile. The show was an original for Seeso, the US comedy SVOD service run by NBCUniversal. Limonero was set up by Pamela Martinez Martinez, a former TCB Media Rights and Boulder Creek sales executive, […]

Johnny Carson comedy set for Seeso

NBC’s comedy SVOD platform, Seeso, has commissioned a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1970s when The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moved from New York to Los Angeles. There’s… Johnny! comes from writer Paul Reiser (Mad About You) and David Steven Simon (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), with David Gordon Green (Red Oaks) directing. The […]

NBC plots major OTT expansion

US broadcaster NBC is nearing the end of its “toe in the water” experiments in OTT services, and is planning a major expansion in the area. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt (pictured) said he expects to formally announce plans “in the next couple of months”, with an NBCUniversal-branded US SVOD service that would rival CBS […]

Study: ‘peak TV’ reached this summer

Most consumers believe 2016 will mark the ‘summer of peak TV’, but that the saturation of series on television is no bad thing, according to a study. Some 73% of respondents to a Miner & Co. Studio study agreed 2016 was ‘the summer of peak TV’, with more quality content released than ever before, with […]

Netflix misses targets as growth slows

Netflix’s growth rate slowed in the second quarter, with the company missing its sign-up target as more customers than expected cancelled their subscriptions. Announcing its Q2 results, Netflix said that it added 1.7 million new members in the quarter – below its forecast of 2.5 million new members and down from 3.3 million in Q2 […]

Two originals for NBCU’s comedy SVOD net

Seeso, the comedy SVOD platform run by NBCUniversal, will launch two original reality-comedy series in May and June. Workplace comedy Thingstarter, about a fictional start-up that creates ridiculous products, and then puts them in front of real experts, will launch on Seeso on May 19. The 6x15mins series is produced by Above Average. The second […]

Smithsonian latest to go SVOD route

Smithsonian Networks has become the latest American channel to launch its own subscription on-demand player. Smithsonian Earth will offer “spectacular original nature and wildlife content” initially via the web and on Apple TV and Roku devices for a monthly US$3.99. After a period of resistance to direct-to-consumer offers, many US networks are now launching their […]