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LiveXLive attains Streaming Rights for the Hangout Music Festival 09 May 2017

LiveXLive which is a premium live-streaming network has acquired the exclusive streaming rights for the Hangout Music Festival for the next three years. This exclusive partnership kick starts at this year’s festival which will take place from May 19 through May 21 in Gulf Shores, Ala. LiveXLive will be responsible for Production of both in-house …

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says company to take video first approach 29 July 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed the company’s commitment to video as the company announced bumper second quarter results. Zuckerberg said “we’re particularly pleased with our progress in video as we move towards a world where video is at the heart of all our services,” and outlined plans to become a “video first” business. Facebook reported …

Gov’t may block Comcast-Time Warner merger, new boost for Net Neutrality 20 April 2015

According to a report by Bloomberg finance news agency, the Department of Justice is “nearing a recommendation” to stop Comcast from purchasing Time Warner Cable. The two firms involved in the potential deal are already the largest and second-largest cable companies in the United States, respectively; the merged firm would be vastly larger than its …

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, …

Big-screen to small-screen 16 January 2015

Amid what is described as the ‘Golden Age’ of TV drama there is an increasing trend to look to feature films for small-screen inspiration. The current trend is being driven by a number of factors, first and foremost the boom in demand for original programming from cable channels and SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon. For SVOD …

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, …

Netflix greenlights Justin Time spin-off 15 January 2015

Streaming service Netflix has greenlit a spin-off of Justin Time, the animated kids series from Canadian studio Guru. The 13x30mins series, Justin Time the New Adventures, will premiere on Netflix around the world in early 2016. The commission is the latest in Netflix’s push into original children’s series. The SVOD firm is currently spending heavily in Canada as …

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