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HBO CEO: “More is not better”

HBO CEO: “More is not better”

With Netflix planning to spend some $7 billion on content next year, HBO CEO Richard Plepler has indicated they are in no hurry to match the streaming giant’s spending power.…

Australia: Linius to protect Roadshow Films content

Australian software company Linius Technologies has been appointed by Roadshow Films, a division of leading Australian content producer Village Roadshow to provide the company’s anti-piracy technology solution, centred on its…

Italian government orders increased local content

Italian government orders increased local content

The Italian government has issued a decree imposing increased local content quotas on national TV channels. Italian TV channels must now increase their output of Italian movies and TV series…

Netflix pledges $400m to Canadian TV and film

Netflix pledges $400m to Canadian TV and film

Netflix has revealed it will spend $400 million (€338.4m) over five years on Canadian TV and film content. It will establish a permanent production presence in Canada, the first time…

UK creative industries ‘worth £128bn’

UK creative industries ‘worth £128bn’

The UK’s booming creative industries could be worth £128.4 billion (€148.1bn) to the UK economy by 2025, and help to create up to 1 million new jobs by 2030, according…

Deutsche Telekom orders first original series

German pay-TV broadcaster Deutsche Telekom has ordered its first original series. The show, Germanized, will be a 10-episode comedy from Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Newen Group-owned Telfrance. The series is described…

ZEE launches ZEE Studios International in Canada

Indian content company, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has become the first Indian broadcaster to set up a production company, ZEE Studios International, in Canada. This also marks ZEE’s entry…

Report: Music’s £4.4bn UK economy boost

Report: Music’s £4.4bn UK economy boost

The UK music industry grew by 6 per cent in 2016 to contribute £4.4 billion (€4.95bn) to the economy, according to Measuring Music 2017, a major new report from UK…

Netflix CFO defends $20bn content spend

Netflix CFO defends $20bn content spend

Despite a debt load in excess of $20 billion, Netflix CFO David Wells has signalled that spending on big budget productions like House of Cards, and Marvel’s The Defenders has…

Analysts: SVoD will upset European TV status quo

A major 150-page research report from equity analysts at investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas does not make good reading for Europe’s traditional FTA broadcasters, both commercial and public and even for established…