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Full seasons for new CBS drama quartet

Stateside network CBS has given full season orders to all four of its latest dramas. Procedurals Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans, political drama Madam Secretary and dark thriller series Stalker have all been taken to series following strongs ratings performances. The shows are already racking up international sales, with Secretary just yesterday going to ex-Yugoslav countries SVOD …

Starz buys German-born Viking film

US premium pay channel Starz has acquired all North American rights to a German-produced feature film about a botched Viking invasion of Britain. The network has bought Northmen – A Viking Saga from European indie distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. The deal hands Starz full North American distribution rights, including an exclusive pay TV window for one …

Discovery founder preps factual SVOD service

Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks has launched a subscription-on-demand service for factual programming named Curiosity Stream. Curiosity Stream also represents the first SVOD service of its size to cater purely for factual viewers. Netflix has sizeable doc and factual catalogue already, however, and commissions original docs and exclusively prebuys other unscripted content. Stop earning in pennies …

WOWOW bags Extant exclusive

Japanese pay TV provider has acquired exclusive local rights to CBS dramas Extant and Penny Dreadful. CBS Studios International sells Extant, a sci-fi starring actor Halle Berry and Showtime-Sky Atlantic co-production horror-drama Penny Dreadful on the global market.  CBSSI, which was funded in part by an exclusive US SVOD rights deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video, …

MGM: A lion in the TV jungle

Having turned 90 this year, MGM studio has secured new cash that it will invest in content, and as the zeitgeist moves from big to small screen, will look to build its roster of TV shows. The film-to-TV offerings have helped open doors and build relationships in the TV content community since MGM emerged from bankruptcy three years …

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virginand CBS drama Madam Secretary. Furthermore, Californication will be available in its entirety as a SVOD product for the first time, and classic shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series and Twilight …

CBS scores FIC Sweden deal

Fox International Channels Sweden has scored a multi-year programming agreement with the distribution arm of US broadcaster CBS. The deal with CBS Studios International will see CBS show including Madam Secretary and Scorpion (pictured) launch exclusively on new Swedish pay TV channel Fox. Other series included are rerun rights to The Good Wife and Numbers. This includes …

Ukraine’s Digital Screens relaunches OTT

Ukrainian media company Digital Screens, part of Media Group Ukraine, has re-launched its OLL.TV video streaming service. The digital TV service has over 140 local and international channels and access to a video-on-demand catalogue. Its parent, MGU, is of one of the country’s main terrestrial channels. OLL.TV launched as a subscription video-on-demand service offering online movies and …

Walking Dead feasts on social media

The Walking Dead generated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. Twitter users are in fact watching just as much, if not more traditional content (i.e. broadcast and cable) as non-users. The most notable differentiator between the two groups is that Twitter …

Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth

Revenue from electronic home video streaming will surpass discs in 2016. In 2017, digital home video will overtake movie theatres as the largest contributor to US film, hitting  $17 billion. Consumers are going to have more access to channels and more choice as to how they consume media.  Devices will no longer be the blocker,  as desktop, laptop, …

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