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Shomi opens Notebook, Blacklist 20 January 2015

Canadian subscription on-demand service Shomi has acquired NBC’s big hitter The Blacklist and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted miniseries The Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories. It has already acquired exclusive rights to The CW’s zombie teen drama iZombie and premium shows such as Power and Survivor’s Remorse from Starz and is co-producing a drama with rival SVOD service …

Disney’s Maker studios strikes Vimeo deal 19 January 2015

Disney-owned multichannel network Maker Studios has signed a deal to with Vimeo to debut content exclusively on the video site.  Under the deal, Maker Studios, which has a longstanding relationship with YouTube, will also use the Vimeo on Demand platform to distribute content made by a select number of its creators. This content will be available …

Sky strikes Now TV deal with Vodafone 16 January 2015

UK pay TV operator BSkyB is making on-demand service Now TV available to Vodafone Red 4G customers in its first deal for the over-the-top video service with a UK mobile network. Vodafone customers signing up to pay-monthly Red 4G plans will get a Now TV Entertainment Pass, free of charge and for the length of their contract. This …

Nine’s SVOD service to launch with Better Call Saul 16 January 2015

Nine Network’s upcoming A$100 million (US$86.7 million) SVOD service will launch in the new year, with the acquisition of Breaking Badspin-off Better Call Saul in the bag. Australia has few SVOD options, which has lead to many consumers illegally accessing overseas versions of Netflix in order to binge-watch programming. The A$10 a month Stan will now …

Calemzuk forms Rampante, teams with Time 16 January 2015

Former Fox and Shine boss Emiliano Calemzuk has created a new content company, Rampante, and teamed up with publishing group Time Inc. to form a new production company. The new prodco will make video content for a new multiplatform library and will also help Time distribute its video content. Time Inc. brands include Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, …

FCCE reveals ‘world’s first African superhero’ 15 January 2015

Holland-based distributor FCCE has taken a series that’s billed as starring “the world’s first mainstream African-based superhero” to Discop Africa. The FCCE exec added that: “With the huge success of drama series at free-to-air channels, digital channels and VOD platforms like Netflix we automatically see a growing demand for high quality drama series. In our constant …

Chinese video platform takes Voice Kids rights 15 January 2015

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has acquired rights to remake John de Mol’s format The Voice Kids. This is the second major international format de Mol created that Youku Tudou is remaking, after it took rights to make a Chinese version of Endemol’s flagship showBig Brother. The Tudou division of the on-demand business will oversee the …

TVN buys Seven, Channel 5 shows 15 January 2015

Poland’s TVN has acquired programmes including Seven Network’sWorld’s Richest Dogs from distributor TCB Rights. Other newly-announced TCB deals include a 33-hour VOD deal with Krakow-based Grupa Onet and a series of programme sales to AMC Networks Europe.Czech Republic’s FTV Prima has bought a 20-hour package. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and …

DHX cuts Chinese streaming deal with CCTV 15 January 2015

Canada-listed kids producer and distributor DHX has struck a streaming deal with China National Television, the new media division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The pair will launch a new streaming platform in China that will carry DHX’s kids and family programming. DHX will provide 700 half hours of kids fare, in Mandarin, for the new service, …

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