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Netflix first feature film in 2015

Netflix will release its first feature-length movie next year after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company. The sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be shown on Netflix and in IMAX cinemas in August. “The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said […]

‘Transparent’ available for binge-watching

Amazon has confirmed that all 10 episodes of the critically-acclaimed dark comedy series Transparent are now available for Prime Instant Video customers in the UK, US and Germany. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), Transparent follows the Pfeffermans—a […]

‘Drones’ can be used in US TV production

Getting a licence to fly an unmanned aerial ‘drone’ during a TV or film production has been a real challenge for US production houses, and those in Europe. On September 25th the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration ruled that they do not need certificates of airworthiness, and announced that six well-known specialists would be granted a waiver to operate unmanned aircraft, […]

Canal+ partners with Showbox


Canal+ Group has announced a strategic partnership with Showbox to enable anyone to create professional looking shows without any prior expertise or special equipment. Manuel Alduy, Head of CanalOTT, said: “We are thrilled with this partnership that will help talents from Canal+ and Studio Bagel to further enhance the production value of their videos, free of cost. This will in […]

Otter Media takes majority stake In Fullscreen

Otter Media, the venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T, is acquiring a majority stake in global youth media company Fullscreen in a move designed to enhance Fullscreen’s industry-leading position in youth media. As part of the deal, Fullscreen CEO and Founder George Strompolos will continue as CEO and maintain a material ownership stake in the company. Otter Media was […]

BBC Worldwide invests in Lookout Point


BBC Worldwide has entered into a new arrangement with existing partner Lookout Point.  Under this deal, BBC Worldwide will acquire a 35 per cent shareholding in Lookout Point, and will enter into a new distribution and co-production agreement for a minimum of five years.  The new partnership will give Lookout Point capital for further growth, while securing access for BBC […]

Hulu greenlights King/Abrams JFK series

Further ramping up its content exclusivity as it competes with other online entertainment platforms, streaming service Hulu has commissioned 11/22/63 – a new Hulu Original from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, acclaimed author Stephen King, Executive Producer/Writer Bridget Carpenter and Warner Bros. Television. Writing in the Hulu Blog, Craig Erwich Senior Vice President, Head of Content, said the direct-to-series order […]

Ex-Song exec launches production company

Former Sony executive Ziad Kebbi has launched a Middle East-focused production company branded ‘Maximum Media’. Kebbi will be CEO of the new Dubai-based company, which will bring international formats to the Middle East as well as develop ideas originating in the region. “Non-scripted will be the focus at the beginning, scripted is a longer-term process and will come further ahead,” […]

YouTube funding more user-producers


YouTube has started to hand out another round of funding to some of its top content creators, according to YouTube Originals head Alex Carloss. “As any creator will tell you, making compelling new content isn’t easy, and we expect to learn a lot through this process. We’ll experiment with new formats and ideas. We’ll get our hands dirty. We’ll make […]

MPAA’s Dodd urges greater content protection

Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has made clear how China – and the world – needs to make greater efforts to protect creative content. Delivering a keynote speech at the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO) Copyright Forum, the former US Senator brought up the importance and impact of the Beijing Treaty, which […]

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