Acorn TV Sets January Slate With ‘Detectorists’, ‘Girlfriends’ & More
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. streaming service Acorn TV has set its January slate of premiering and returning international dramas and comedies. They include two Acorn TV Originals, Detectorists and Girlfriends as well as New Zealand legal drama, Dear Murderer. Acorn has steadily expanded its role as co-producer and in January will be participating for the first time at the TCAs with an executive panel and panels for Girlfriends and Irish drama Striking Out.
Detectorists, the BBC… Read
Apple Investment In Original Video Will Reach $4.2 Billion By 2022: Report
As it steps up from Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps and deepens its well of original content, Apple will grow its investment in video from current levels of about $500 million to $4.2 billion in 2022, according to a projection by VC firm Loup Ventures.
The report, by former longtime Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, predicts that Amazon will top both Apple and current leader Netflix by spending $8.3 billion by 2022, an average annual growth rate. But Apple is on… Read
Fullscreen Media To Shutter Its SVOD Service
EXCLUSIVE: After an 18-month effort to make headway in the saturated streaming video marketplace, Fullscreen Media is shutting down its subscription video on demand service next year.
The demise of its $6-per-month SVOD service follows a decision in September to trim about 3% of Fullscreen’s total staff of about 750. About 25 jobs would be lost as a result of the shutdown.
Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos said, in an email to staff, that millions had downloaded the app… Read
Disney Developing ‘Star Wars’, ‘Monsters Inc.’ TV Series For Streaming Service
UPDATED: Disney will mine some of its best-loved entertainment franchises — including Star Wars, Marvel and Monsters Inc. — to help launch its forthcoming digital streaming service.
Chief Executive Bob Iger said today the company would develop a live-action Star Wars television series for the Disney-branded service. The studio also is working on TV adaptations of Pixar’s Monsters Inc., a fresh look at the High School Musical franchise, and an original series from… Read
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Creators Launch SVOD Service Focused On LGBT Content
Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s World of Wonder, the veteran production company behind the Emmy-nominated RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Million Dollar Listing franchise, today launched WOW Presents Plus, an ad-free subscription streaming service. Titled WOW Presents Plus, it will curate from the company’s library of films, TV shows and live events, as well as new original series, with a focus on LGBT content.
The service is available on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and… Read
Wizard World To Launch SVOD Service In China For English-Language Content
Wizard World, a producer of live event pop culture expositions, is extending its reach in China, partnering with CNLive to launch an English-language SVOD service in the massive country. CNLive is one of only seven entities licensed to distribute content over the internet in the Middle Kingdom. It provides Wizard World China a multi-year right and license to program a 24/7, SVOD service across all of mainland China, including Macao and Hong Kong.
Wizard says its SVOD… Read
‘The Mantis’: Netflix Acquires Carole Bouquet Crime Drama – Mipcom
Adding to its range of local-language offerings, Netflix has picked up The Mantis, a French serial killer thriller starring Carole Bouquet. The six-part drama is made by Septembre Productions and will be available globally on Netflix on December 29. In France, it’s already been added to the streaming service where it runs after broadcast on TF1.
Handled by AB International Distribution, the series centers on Jeanne Deber (Bouquet), aka The Mantis. She’s a famous serial… Read
Hulu Acquires ‘Food Evolution,’ Acclaimed, Highly Controversial Doc
EXCLUSIVE: Hulu has acquired the exclusive U.S. VOD rights to Food Evolution from Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden). The highly polarizing film is narrated by science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson. The film will premiere on Hulu on Sept. 21.
The doc is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it is one of the most controversial and contentious docs on the food industry because it delves into the positive side of GMOs on sustaining… Read
NFL Teams With China’s Tencent In Three-Year Streaming Deal
The National Football League and China’s Tencent Holdings have entered a three-year pact to make Tencent Sports the exclusive digital streaming media partner of the NFL in the Middle Kingdom. The deal gives the Chinese giant rights to air pre- and regular-season games as well the playoffs, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl from this year through the 2019 season.
While basketball and soccer are high-profile sports in China, American football has traditionally found less… Read
L.A. Film Czar Ken Ziffren Says Premium VOD For Studios Still In Limbo
The major Hollywood studios’ flirtation with Premium VOD and their talks with exhibitors has been akin to “tip-toeing up to the edge of the ocean water, and tip-toeing back” Los Angeles film czar Ken Ziffren said today at his ninth annual state of the entertainment industry address before the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
“It’s one thing you don’t do with the major (theater) circuits,” advised Ziffren.
“If it happens,” said Ziffren about studios’ yearning for PVOD, “it’s… Read
‘Passion Of Augustine’ Trailer Prepares Way For Canadian Award Winner
The Passion of Augustine, winner of last year’s Quebec Cinema Award for Best Picture, makes its VOD bow August 15, and a new trailer for the film gives a look at what to expect.
The film stars Céline Bonnier as Mother Augustine, a Roman Catholic nun who teaches music in a convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s and is fighting to preserve her school against the backdrop of the social changes wrought by Vatican II and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
When her talented but… Read
Netflix’s ‘Bojack Horseman’ Bucked Off China’s iQiyi Streaming Service – Report
In April, Netflix finally found a gateway into China, via a licensing deal with streaming service iQiyi. At the time, it was unclear what process shows would have to go through to pass the notorious censors. Now, Bloomberg reports that all episodes of Bojack Horseman, the Will Arnett-voiced animated comedy/drama, have been pulled from the iQiyi platform after airing for just two days.
The Netflix original was yanked because "Adjustments need to be made to the content,”… Read