Category archives for: Production

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

Alibaba buys into TV production

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has invested $383 million in TV programme producer Beijing Enlight Media. The move follows investments by Alibaba worth more than $3.1 billion in the entertainment industry  last year as the company aggressively expands into film and entertainment content. Alibaba executives have laid out a vision of selling digital content and entertainment, including film, television and video […]

Canada boosts digital content


2014 was a turning point for Canada’s digital-first media landscape, according to a report from the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). The report, Content Everywhere (2): Securing Canada’s Place in the Digital Future, examines the emerging marketplace for English-language linear content created outside the traditional studio and broadcast system over the past four years. It also provides case studies to […]

Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse resurrected for Netflix

DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has licensed Netflix as the exclusive US home for its new Inspector Gadget series. The new computer animated, 26-episode series is expected to premier on Netflix US this March. It will also appear on Netflix at later dates in Latin America, the UK, Ireland, Benelux, […]

Pee-Wee Herman exclusive for Netflix


A new Pee-wee Herman film, produced by Judd Apatow and star Paul Reubens, will be exclusively available on streaming service Netflix. Production on the movie, entitled Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, is due to start in March. Reubens and former Arrested Development writer Paul Rust have written the script, which John Lee will direct. Reubens created the character when he was part […]

Bahrain pulls plug on Alwaleed channel

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s hopes of launching a news channel have been wiped out by Bahrain’s government. The channel was initially suspended within an hour or so of going on air earlier this month, but now the ‘ban’ is said to be permanent. Bahrain’s Ministry of Information says all contracts between the Prince’s operation and Bahrain have […]

Amazon greenlights further original series

An intriguing tale about alternative history, a twisted story of friendship put to the ultimate test, a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine, a kids series based on magic and another about being stinky and dirty—all coming exclusively to online video streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in […]

Netflix orders Dornan movie

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan is set to star in a new movie made exclusively for Netflix. War thriller Jadotville will see Dornan portray real-life UN Commander Patrick Quinlan, who in 1961 led an Irish battalion of 150 besieged by thousands of Congolese troops. The film is the latest of Netflix’s exclusive movie productions following a Crouching Tiger, […]

BitTorrent, Rapid Eye original content

Following Netflix’s lead, BitTorrent has entered into an exclusive partnership with Rapid Eye Studios to identify, produce, and distribute original video content for the BitTorrent Bundle platform, to be known as BitTorrent Originals. BitTorrent Originals represent first-run video content debuting exclusively across the global Bundle platform for 30 to 60 days. After the BitTorrent exclusive window, each project will be […]

Baz Luhrman, Nintendo content for Netflix


Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, famed for movie adaptations such as The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet, is heading to Netflix with a new musical drama. The show, entitled The Get Down, is set in New York City in the 1970s and centres on a group of teenagers from the South Bronx. Luhrmann will direct three of the 13 episodes, […]

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