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Netflix Unveils 5 New Turkish Originals

Netflix continues to expand its slate of Turkish originals, unveiling four new series and a new film project. “To date, we have produced more than 30 original series and films in Turkey, making room for new and diverse stories,” said Pelin Diştaş, director of original content (Turkey) at the streamer. “We would like to thank our […]

SkyShowtime Sets Dec. 14 Launch for 7 Central and Eastern European Markets

SkyShowtime, the European streaming joint venture formed by Sky parent Comcast and Showtime owner Paramount Global, has set Dec. 14 as the launch date for its first Central and Eastern European markets.   SkyShowtime CEO Monty Sarhan revealed the news during an on-stage appearance at the brand’s official launch event in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Thursday evening. […]

Peacock, Sky Order ‘The Day of the Jackal’ Series From Carnival Films

Comcast’s Peacock and Sky are partnering on an original drama series inspired by Frederick Forsyth’s espionage thriller The Day of The Jackal and the 1973 film adaptation from Universal Pictures. Screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) is attached as writer and showrunner, with Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) serving as lead director. The series will be produced […]

WWE Expands Deal With MultiChoice in Africa, Making Streamer Showmax New Home of WWE Network

Sports entertainment powerhouse WWE has extended and expanded its relationship with African pay TV giant MultiChoice with a new TV and WWE Network rights deal that makes streaming service Showmax the new home of WWE Network in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The deal replicates WWE’s deal with Peacock/NBCUniversal in the U.S. for the region. The company has also struck similar deals in Indonesia and the […]

NBCUniversal Third-Quarter Earnings Rise, Peacock Loss Hits $614M, Comcast Takes $8.6B Sky Charges

Peacock, the streaming service of Comcast’s entertainment unit NBCUniversal, grew its third-quarter revenue strongly, but its loss widened again, while NBCU increased its earnings for the latest period by more than 20 percent. Studios revenue and earnings jumped, helped by the likes of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Comcast also said that it recorded “noncash impairment charges related to […]

The Roku Channel Launches in Mexico

The Roku Channel has arrived in Mexico. Roku said that its free streaming channel, which is available on Roku devices and offers users access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, including more than 30 Roku originals, launched in the country Thursday. “Launching The Roku Channel in Mexico represents a pivotal moment for our business […]

Netflix VP of International Film David Kosse Departing

David Kosse, Netflix’s London-based vp of international film, is leaving his role at the streaming giant. His exit comes as Netflix is making internal changes to its organizational focus in its broader European region, moving to a regionalized structure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in line with its setups in Asia and […]

ITV CEO Previews Launch of Its Free Streaming Service As Disney, Netflix Ready Ad-Tiers

U.K. TV giant ITV said the fact that Netflix and Disney+ are preparing advertising tiers could expand the broader ad market and “is kind of about how powerful TV is,” CEO Carolyn McCall said on Tuesday in London. “We will have to monitor very carefully,” she added though. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) […]

U.K.’s Channel 4 CEO on Possible Privatization, Netflix and Ad Market Challenges

Channel 4 is in discussions with the U.K. government about its future, Alex Mahon, the CEO of the U.K. broadcaster, said at a Royal Television Society (RTS) event on Tuesday. She expressed hope that the government of Prime Minister Liz Truss would focus on “facts, data and evidence,” she told the RTS London Convention 2022. “We’ll see […]

How SkyShowtime’s CEO Aims to Shake Up the European Streaming Landscape

It’s showtime for SkyShowtime. The European streaming joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global is launching in the Nordics today, Tuesday. Its monthly price will be €6,99 ($6.99) in Finland, SEK 79 ($7.37) in Sweden, NOK 79 ($7.77) in Norway and DKK 69 ($9.28) in Denmark. Following its debut in these markets, the service will become available in […]

Paramount+ to Launch in Italy With Originals Showcasing Female Stories and Voices

Paramount+, the streaming service from Paramount Global, launches in Italy on Thursday with more than 8,000 hours of entertainment and a slate of local originals shining a spotlight on women’s voices and stories. Among them are the previously unveiled original series Miss Fallaci, set to premiere in 2023, which will detail “the true story of […]

NFL, English Premier League Expected to Power Peacock Growth This Year, Comcast Exec Says

As more competitors enter the advertising-supported streaming space, including Netflix and Disney, Peacock executives believe the platform remains in a leadership position.  “We know there’s competition coming our way, but we’re out ahead with a really good team,” said Jason Armstrong, executive vp, deputy CFO and treasurer of NBCUniversal owner Comcast Corporation.  Speaking at Bank […]