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NBCU: ‘Maintain investment-friendly regulatory framework’

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Kevin MacLellan, Chairman of NBCUniversal International, has warned UK and European regulators against making widespread changes to copyright legislation, suggesting that innovation has flourished in the current regulatory framework. He nevertheless stressed the need for regulators and policy-makers to focus on the importance of Intellectual Property for the media industry. Delivering a keynote address at the ‘Let’s Go Connected’ conference […]

Exclusive programming for BBC iPlayer

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Following on from the success of BBC iPlayer exclusive content in 2014, Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, has announced 16 titles to kick off 2015. On Friday 13 February, nine original comedy shorts will go live on BBC iPlayer to mark Valentine’s Day. Nine comedians have created a short Funny Valentine to bring their unique take […]

BBC serves up BBC Taster

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The BBC has revealed BBC Taster, an initiative to develop its latest ideas for digital content and emerging technology. Taster will feature early and experimental concepts from across TV, Radio and Online, enabling the BBC to explore the future of content with audiences and offer them something completely new to try, rate and share. Taster is a place for the […]

DreamWorks axes 500 staff

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DreamWorks Animation studio, responsible for the likes of the Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda movie franchises, is laying off almost a quarter of its workforce as part of a restructuring of its animated film business following a string of box office flops. The company said it would cut 500 positions and incur a $290 million charge following the restructuring, which should […]

Netflix wants 20 original series a year

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Netflix aims to debut as many as 20 original series per year, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has told NATPE. “I think that we probably can launch around 20 original scripted shows a year,” he said. Netflix’s success with launching original series – particularly shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black – has helped spur […]

Netflix to stream The Interview

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As well as reporting increased subscriber numbers and accelerated expansion plans, Internet entertainment streaming service Netflix used its Fourth-Quarter Letter to Shareholders to reveal it is to offer exclusively the controversial comedy, The Interview, to its US and Canadian members beginning January 24th – just thirty days after it debuted in theatres and pay-per-view. Netflix also confirmed that its first […]

BBC debuts digital-first news programme

The BBC has revealed plans for a new daytime show broadcast simultaneously on BBC Two, the BBC News Channel and online and focusing on breaking news, exclusive interviews and audience interaction. The show – to be hosted by award-winning journalist Victoria Derbyshire – will develop innovative and creative ways to engage with the audience on TV, online and via social […]

BBC, PBS sign content production deal

The BBC, BBC Worldwide and American public service broadcaster PBS have struck a new deal to develop and deliver new programming. The partnership will seek to create content across a range of factual genres including natural history, science, history, religion and the arts. The deal will encompass around eight to ten new programming specials across approximately 20 hours a year, […]

Amazon original movies for cinema, online

Amazon Studios has revealed that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will première on Prime Instant Video in the US just four to eight weeks […]

Synacor acquires NimbleTV

Synacor, the technology, services and revenue specialist for video, Internet and communications providers, and device manufacturers, has acquired NimbleTV, the New York City-based provider of multiscreen, live linear television programming for pay-TV subscribers. The combination of NimbleTV’s assets and talent is part of Synacor’s broader strategy for delivering end-to-end, advanced video solutions. “As part of the Synacor growth strategy, we […]

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