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18 Sep 2019
NBCUniversal Introduces Peacock, Its New Streaming Service

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

 

16 Sep 2019
HBO Max Orders Unscripted Series ‘Legendary’ and ‘The Greatest Space’

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

11 Sep 2019
Apple Announces Pricing And Launch Date For Streaming Service Apple TV+

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.

 

Source: Deadline

23 Aug 2019
Hasbro to buy "Peppa Pig" owner Entertainment One for $4 Billion

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

20 Aug 2019
Disney+ Plots Rollout Across Canada, Netherlands, Australia

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.

 

Source: WorldScreen

14 Aug 2019
CBS & Viacom to Merge

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.

Source: WorldScreen

09 Aug 2019
CBS All Access Adds Kids’ Content

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 GadgetThe Adventures of Paddington BearMadeline and Heathcliff.

 

Source: WorldScreen

31 Jul 2019
ITV Studios acquires Armoza Formats

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired Israeli format creator and distributor Armoza Formats. The company, founded by Avi Armoza, has more than 100 shows in its catalogue including primetime singing format The Four, gameshow Still Standing, and primetime studio entertainment series I Can Do That!, which has aired in over 25 countries.

The deal will see Armoza Formats become part of ITVS’ Global Creative Network, headed up by Mike Beale, with the company continuing to be based in Tel Aviv. 

The Israeli firm will continue to develop and source new formats, and also work with producers within the ITVS group on their projects in development. ITVS labels will exclusively produce all newly-developed Armoza formats in territories within which it has a presence.

The company’s catalogue includes third-party formats such as Dance Revolution, and shows developed in-house such as The Four, which aired on US broadcaster Fox. It has also sold to Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece’s Antenna TV.

Armoza’s shows will join a growing raft of formats under the ITVS umbrella, including reality-skewing Love Island, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and The Voice. 

 

Source: TBI

 

19 Jul 2019
ITV, BBC announce BritBox UK launch

UK broadcasters ITV and the BBC will launch their joint streaming service BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The UK service will cost £5.99 (US$7.50) a month for programmes in HD that viewers will be able to stream ad-free across multiple screens and devices.

Programmes recently broadcast on ITV and the BBC, such as "Love Island", "Famalam", "Cleaning Up" and "Gentleman Jack", will be made available on the service, as will older programmes like "Gavin & Stacey", "Victoria", "Happy Valley", "Broadchurch", "Les Miserables", "The Office" and "Benidorm".

It will also provide content from other British broadcasters and production companies.

In addition, BritBox is commissioning a range of original series made exclusively for the service. The first new show is expected to be commissioned soon and made available to BritBox viewers in 2020.

 

Source: C21 Media