Vice Media Group has struck a deal to purchase digital media company Refinery29 months after speculation first emerged that the two brands were in talks to merge. The deal, signed by Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc and Refinery29 co-CEOs Justin Stefano and Philippe von Borries, cements the new operation as one of the world’s largest digital media businesses.
Refinery29, a digital mediaco catering to women, will remain a distinct brand within the Vice Media Group portfolio, bolstering the millennial-focused brand’s content and diversifying its audiences.
The merger will allow both media companies to reach “male and female audiences and consumers equally,” creating “a total youth media audience with growing attention towards this generation’s non-binary audience,” according to Vice Media.
As part of the acquisition, content production across all platforms is expected to grow by 20%.
As Refinery29 has ramped up its global expansion, it has also moved further into unscripted and scripted content. Following the acquisition, it will continue to create programming across a range of verticals and produce a slate of premium original film and TV projects, including a short-film series titled Shatterbox Anthology, which is focused on increasing opportunities for women in film. The company’s originals production capabilities and pipeline of projects will add to Vice’s Studio business with original content, talent and IP.
In a game-changing move for Spanish-language production Telefonica, Europe’s third biggest telco, and Atresmedia, the original co-creators of “La Casa de Papel,” are uniting to create a new joint contents production giant. Aimed at gaining more scale and uniting talent relations – writers, directors and producers – the 50/50 joint venture will produce both series and feature films, focusing on fiction. Both a product and distribution alliance, the new contents factory will look to bring in further co-production partners on many projects and create titles for third partner companies.
The agreement, which has to be approved by a Telefonica commission, was sealed by Atresmedia CEO Silvio Rodríguez and Emilio Gayo, president of Telefonica Spain.
Atresmedia and Telefonica, via Atresmedia Studios and Telefonica’s pay TV unit Movistar in Spain, have already linked to produce “The Pier,” created by “La Casa de Papel’s” Alex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato. The new agreement will take their collaboration to another level, however.
For Telefonica, the Atresmedia alliance goes a long way to furthering its strategic goals as it faces off with a far larger number of global competitors. Partnering with Atresmedia, Telefonica now has the opportunity for joint series to play on the broadcast network’s free-to-air and SVOD services in Spain plus possibly its cable network in Latin America, the biggest of any company in Europe.
NBCUniversal announced on September 17th, 2019 that its new streaming service will be called Peacock — and that it will come with a colorful library of content.
When Peacock makes its debut in April, it will join the growing list of new streaming services, including Apple TV Plus (Nov. 1), Disney Plus (Nov. 12) and HBO Max, which is also to start in April. These platforms will enter an increasingly competitive arena that already includes the established services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
To compete, Peacock intends to have 15,000 hours of content from its vast library available on both its ad-supported and subscription-based services. Highlights will include complete seasons of “Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Frasier.”
On the film side of Peacock, movies from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation — including “Bridesmaids,” “American Pie,” “Do the Right Thing” and “E.T.” — will be featured. There will also be 3,000 hours of content from the Spanish-language network Telemundo, including an original dramedy titled “Armas de Mujer,” and popular library titles such as “100 Dias Para Volver” and “Betty in NY.” Pricing details for Peacock subscriptions have not been made public.
The company intends to use the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which will be broadcast on NBC and its affiliated networks, to publicize Peacock heavily. Soon after the closing ceremony, roughly a dozen new shows that incorporate elements of older properties will make their debuts on the platform.
There will be a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” from Sam Esmail, the creator of “Mr. Robot,” and a new comedy series called “Rutherford Falls” from Mike Schur, the prolific producer behind “The Good Place,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office.” Ed Helms, an alumnus of “The Office,” will star. Reboots of “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster” are also in the works.
A documentary series from Lorne Michaels, “Who Wrote That,” will feature some of the most memorable moments from “Saturday Night Live” and discuss the writers responsible. All 44 seasons of “Saturday Night Live” will be available on Peacock, with Season 45 coming on once it completes its run on NBC.
Source : The New York Time
HBO’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform HBO Max has ordered its first series in the unscripted space with the greenlighting of two reality competition series from the producers of Queer Eye and The Amazing Race.
Produced by Scout Productions, Legendary will feature 10 voguing teams – called “houses” – comprised of five dancers each as they battle it out in a variety fashion and dance challenges for the opportunity to win a cash prize and achieve “Legendary” status. Each episode will document a themed ball from start to finish with the houses rotating in a round-robin format.
The design competition series The Greatest Space (working title) will feature professional interior designers traveling the globe to transform empty ballrooms, bedrooms, treehouses and everything in between into glamorous spaces.The series is produced by from New Media Collective and Scout Productions.
Both series will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere across the WarnerMedia streaming service when it launches in the spring of 2020.
Source : Real Screen
Apple finally released details for its forthcoming streaming service, Apple TV+, setting a launch date of November 1 and an introductory price of $4.99 per month.
The service will roll out its first original series at launch and then add more originals every month, CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s product event at its Cupertino headquarters. It will be available in more than 100 countries as of November 1.
While it is difficult to fairly compare prices of various services given significant differences between offerings, the $5 monthly cost puts Apple at the low end of subscription streaming.
In an additional incentive, customers who buy an iPhone, iMac or Apple TV will get one year of AppleTV+ for free. That option fits with the widespread expectation that Apple would seek to leverage its installed base of hardware to give the new service a boost.
Global entertainment and toy company Hasbro has entered an agreement to acquire Toronto-based studio Entertainment One (eOne) for US$4 billion, bringing My Little Pony and Nerf under the same umbrella as “Peppa Pig” and “PJ Masks” and furthering Hasbro’s growth goals in the infant and preschool categories.
Hasbro aims to expand its operations in film and TV. Entertainment One’s production infrastructure in multiple markets and its children’s programming IP made it an attractive target for Hasbro. Sources say the news came as a surprise to most people at Entertainment One. eOne will look to leverage its capabilities in high-quality scripted and unscripted television development and production in an effort to bolster Hasbro’s “end-to-end ability to monetize and bring to market its IP” in a variety of formats, including OTT and premium platforms, music, location-based entertainment, AR and VR.
Top eOne execs will join the Hasbro team, said the companies in a joint statement. The independent studio pointed to its kid-friendly fare, noting that it has been transforming its business to focus on “high-quality premium talent-driven content,” including its “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Monster Problems.” But the sale to Hasbro raises questions about whether eOne will remain in the business of producing adult-focused movies and TV series. Entertainment One’s active slate includes Netflix’s “Trailer Park Boys” and We TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop: New York.”
Source: Variety / Realscreen
The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer and international unit has revealed the global launch dates and pricing for Disney+ in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.
November 12 marks the beginning of the global rollout of Disney+, with plans to launch in most major markets within the first two years.
Disney+ will launch in Canada and the Netherlands in tandem with the U.S. on November 12, priced at C$8.99 per month (or C$89.99 per year) and €6.99 per month (€69.99 per year), respectively.
The following week, Disney+ will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19, priced at A$8.99 per month (A$89.99 per year) and NZ$9.99 per month (NZ$99.99 per year), respectively.
CBS and Viacom have officially agreed to merge, with Bob Bakish to lead the combined company.
Bakish will lead ViacomCBS Inc. as president and CEO. Joe Ianniello will serve as chairman and CEO of CBS. The all-stock merger creates a combined company with more than $28 billion in revenue.
The combined entity will house a portfolio of consumer brands, including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Paramount Network, as well as one of the largest libraries of IP, spanning every key genre and addressing consumers of all ages and demographics. This library comprises 140,000-plus TV episodes and 3,600-plus film titles. The combined company will also have more than 750 series currently ordered to or in production.
Existing CBS shareholders will own approximately 61 percent of the combined company and existing Viacom shareholders will own approximately 39 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.
CBS All Access is planning to bring children’s programming to the service, including exclusive original series and more than 1,000 episodes of library content.
CBS All Access has teamed up with DHX Media and Boat Rocker Studios to license its first two original children’s series.
It has ordered new seasons of DHX Media’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, produced with Sony Pictures Animation, and Boat Rocker’s new Danger Mouse, produced with BBC Children’s Productions.
CBS All Access will add more than 1,000 episodes of library children’s programming, including the classic Danger Mouse series from Boat Rocker Studios and DHX titles such as the classic Inspector Gadget, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Madeline and Heathcliff.
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