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Netflix gained 8.3 million subscribers in Q4 of 2021 to reach a total of 221.8 million globally, but narrowly missing its target of 8.5m while warning of slower growth ahead sent its shares tumbling.
US tech giant Apple has made a series order for a new original live-action series from Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise.
Banijay Iberia has appointed Miguel Martín as the new MD of its label Zeppelin, which produces the local version of classic reality format Big Brother.
Blueprint Television, the sister company to Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin’s Blueprint Pictures, has hired former Mammoth Screen exec Karen Thrussell as head of television.
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Netflix and UK-based Aardman Animations are working on a new Wallace & Gromit movie, set to launch on the global streamer in 2024.
The founders of Toronto-based entertainment and toy marketing agency ChizComm have filed a lawsuit against ChizComm and its owner, kids’ media firm Genius Brands International.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has promoted entertainment commissioner Louise Major to commissioning editor, replacing Lily Wilson during her maternity leave, and hired former UKTV exec Natalie Rose.
London-headquartered All3Media has partnered with sports production outfit 3 Rock, founded by former rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and BT Sport presenter Craig Doyle.
Disney+ has ordered The Crossover, a basketball drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author and poet Kwame Alexander.The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television, with production set to begin next month.
US firm Hearst has announced two promotions within its senior team for its newly launched production and distribution arm Hearst Media Production Group.
Former Endemol Shine Africa CEO Sivan Pillay has been appointed boss of the newly formed Trace Studios in South Africa.
New York-based studio and streaming network FilmRise has hired former Showtime exec Gabriel Gazoul as director of film acquisitions and acquired FAST rights to Canadian series Kim’s Convenience.
Free-to-air network Fox Turkey has commissioned a local version of the BBC’s drama Happy Valley from creator Sally Wainwright.
ITV has ordered a spin-off to quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? from Sony Pictures Television-owned Stellify Media.
PBS has struck a partnership with non-profit filmmaking organisation Firelight Media that will see the US pubcaster commit US$3.6m to support mid-career non-fiction filmmakers.
London-based Raw Cut Distribution has promoted senior sales manager Alex Colebeck to head of distribution.
Streaming aggregator ScreenHits TV has tapped former Sky Deutschland and Foxtel executive Arianna Saita as it prepares for new launches across EMEA, MENA, APAC and the Americas.
South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM has unveiled its lineup of drama series and music entertainment shows for 2022.
AMC Networks-owned pay TV channel WE tv has commissioned an eight-part investigative series from Lionsgate Television, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television and Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Productions.
New York-based producer and distributor Big Media has signed a deal to represent three scripted projects from UK prodco Ida Rose.

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