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Original content boosts Prime Instant Video 70%

The introduction of hit exclusive TV shows by Amazon including Extant, Vikings and Black Sails and exclusive movies such as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Horrible Bosses, along with Amazon Studios original comedies Alpha House and Betas and kids shows Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy & Annedriods to its Prime Instant Video has led to a 70 per cent increase in […]

Netflix to produce German content


Netflix will produce an original series in Germany, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings told German news magazine Der Spiegel that the company “will certainly also produce in Germany” – one of the six European markets in which it is set to launch imminently. Hastings also told the magazine that his priority was to “understand the viewing habits” of Germany […]

Top Gear format goes French

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Top Gear is the most watched factual TV programme in the world and now French audiences will have their very own local version. The entertaining and popular motoring series will be produced by BBC Worldwide France and is due to start filming later this year. It will air on RMC Découverte in France in 2015. The local format of Top […]

Netflix unveils Marseille drama commission

Following’s reports June 22nd and August 27th of Netflix’s intentions to produce drama in France to tie in with its September launch there, the Internet entertainment streaming service has revealed details of its first such commission. The production reflects CEO Reed Hastings comments in June that it could be a local version of House of Cards: House of Versailles. […]

C4 acquires stakes in indie producers


UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken a significant step into TV production, buying minority stakes in four independent producers. The publicly-owned broadcaster has spent about £4 million to take undisclosed minority stakes of up to 25 per cent in the companies, the first investments from a £20 million fund that aims to help the growth of small and medium-sized independent […]

Sony cuts back on MENA production

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is cutting back on Arabic production out of the Middle East, according to local reports. The production unit is closing its operations in Beirut and scaling back output from Cairo and Dubai. SPT Arabia’s president Zaid Kebbi is leaving, and his departure follows that Dany Karam, who left in December. Kebbi is one of the best-known […]

BT Sport extends Arsenal partnership

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BT Sport has extended its partnership with Arsenal Football Club for a further two years. The agreement allows BT Sport to continue to promote its football coverage, including exclusive live Premier League matches, through Arsenal’s digital channels in the UK and Ireland. It also gives the broadcaster access to Arsenal’s first-team players and manager for exclusive content. Arsenal’s sales and […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

Amazon’s 3rd original kids’ TV series

Amazon’s third original kids’ series, Annedroids, is now available for unlimited streaming on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. Created by Emmy-nominated JJ Johnson and Sinking Ship Entertainment, and aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids is a live-action adventure series about a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the […]

Netflix: “We’ll invest in French content”

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Reed Hastings, CEO of online entertainment service Netflix, has confirmed the company will invest in local content when it enters the French market in September. Speaking on Netflix’s Q2 earnings call, Hastings said the company was not seeking to dodge any obligations to fund local productions or pay relevant taxes. “We’re not really trying to get around anything, we want […]

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