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  • Netflix unveils preschool slate
    US streaming giant Netflix is launching seven original preschool series.
  • Acorn TV hires int'l manager
    US streaming service Acorn TV, owned by AMC Networks, has hired a new general manager of its international division.
  • Channel 5 takes ABC's Pulse
    Viacom-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has picked up an Australian medical drama from ABC Commercial to add to its streaming service, My5.
  • Asian streamers stock up at DRG
    Pan-Asian streaming service iflix and Singapore-based streamer iwonder have bought a host of series from NENT Group-owned UK distributor DRG.
  • MipTV in bunker as Mipcom unbundled
    Reed Midem has confirmed radical structural changes to its annual MipTV event, including ending the controversial policy of forcing distributors to attend the market in order to maintain their spot for fellow Cannes conference Mipcom.
  • Television on standby
    The place of UK pubcasters is being challenged by US streamers, while producers continue to benefit from a production boom. But Brexit looms on the horizon.
  • BritBox 'too late' to challenge Netflix
    Media industry analysts and experts have voiced doubts over the ability of forthcoming BBC and ITV SVoD service BritBox to compete against Netflix, with one arguing it is “too little too late.”
  • The Orville S3 to land on Hulu exclusively
    Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi TV show The Orville will disappear from US broadcast network Fox and become available exclusively on streaming service Hulu for its third season.
  • ITV, BBC announce BritBox UK launch
    UK broadcasters ITV and the BBC will launch their joint streaming service BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Netflix on the upside
    Netflix has seen its first quarterly dip in US subs in eight years and missed global forecasts, but despite a share price dive it’s not all doom and gloom for the global streamer.
  • WarnerMedia reboots Gossip Girl
    WarnerMedia in the US is rebooting teen drama series Gossip Girl for its HBO Max streaming service.
  • Netflix shares slide as US subs falter
    Netflix has seen its first drop in US subscribers and added fewer international customers than expected, causing its stock price to fall.
  • BritBox lines up STV Studios thriller
    BritBox, the US-based subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV, has commissioned its latest original drama, produced by Scotland-based prodco STV Studios.
  • Hopster blasts preschool content
    UK-based SVoD service Hopster has criticised some of the most popular content for preschoolers for perpetuating gender stereotypes, sidelining BAME characters and portraying disability in a negative way.
  • Netflix gives NY improv troupe own series
    Global streamer Netflix has ordered a six-part variety sketch series starring New York-based improv comedy group Astronomy Club.
  • Quibi teams up with NBC News
    Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's shortform video venture Quibi has signed a deal with NBC News to produce daily bulletins targeting the millennial audience.
  • Netflix explores Oceans with Honeyborne
    Netflix has announced the first blue-chip natural history series to emerge from its partnership with the production company set up by Blue Planet II producer James Honeyborne.
  • Quibi lines up Varsity Blues series
    Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's shortform video venture Quibi is continuing to grow its slate of original content, with a new take on the film Varsity Blues in the works.
  • Netflix orders Snyder, Oliva anime series
    Netflix has teamed with Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) to create an anime series set in the world of Norse mythology.
  • TV 'not dead' despite online surge
    Traditional TV is not dead among younger audiences despite the continuing rise of online video, according to a new study.
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