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  • CMF: tech is key for small prodcos
    PRIME TIME: Small-scale producers will need to use technology to get ahead in the forthcoming streaming wars, an industry analyst from the Canada Media Fund has told Prime Time Online 2021.
  • McKenna lights up Final Pixel
    Former BBC Studios and Endemol Shine executive Michael McKenna has launched an international creative studio called Final Pixel, focusing on virtual production.
  • Digital MipTV details unveiled
    Events organiser Reed Midem has revealed the details of its latest edition of annual conference MipTV, which is being held digitally for the second year in a row because of the pandemic.
  • Murdoch links with Shankar for new venture
    James Murdoch has linked up with Uday Shankar, the former chairman and CEO of Star India and president of Walt Disney Asia Pacific, to invest in technology and media opportunities in emerging markets.
  • 4KUniverse put up for sale
    The founder and CEO of ultra-high-definition broadcaster 4K Universe has put the company up for sale, seeking US$75m for 51% majority ownership.
  • Netflix reveals US foreign-language boom
    Netflix has revealed non-English-language content saw some of the biggest gains in 2020 among its US subscribers as people "sought love, escape and connection through the pandemic."
  • Disney+ exceeds 86m subs
    The Walt Disney Company has announced a huge expansion of its direct-to-consumer services having surpassed 86 million paid subscriptions to Disney+.
  • BBC axes channel controller roles
    The BBC has confirmed a "radical" re-organisation of its television division that will see linear channel controller roles replaced by directors focusing on genre commissions.
  • Netflix preps interactive 2D toon special
    Netflix is working on a new 2D animated interactive special created by Rikke Asbjoern and Chris Garbutt, creators of Pinky Malinky.
  • AVoD Filmzie acquires first TV series
    Movie-focused free streaming and social platform Filmzie has moved into acquiring television series as it continues to grow its offering in the UK.
  • Streamers face Australian content levy
    Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and other global streaming services would be required to spend millions of dollars on Australian content under major reforms to media laws proposed by the federal government.
  • Hellosaurus app starts with YouTuber content
    A start-up SVoD platform for kids has raised US$3.5m in investment and launched with a line-up of interactive content from YouTubers.
  • Netflix goes for Danish, ups UK spend
    Netflix has ordered another original series in Denmark from the duo behind one of its most watched non-English-language series, The Rain, while its UK spending is set to reach US$1bn in 2020.
  • YouTube to spend 30 Days With celebs
    NEWS BRIEF: YouTube has greenlit a documentary series in which viewers will be given unique access to top public figures, athletes, artists and YouTube creators' lives.
  • Sher: streamers raising the bar for rivals
    CONTENT LONDON: The growth of streaming services around the world has raised the bar for new content, according to Oscar- and Emmy-nominated film and TV producer Stacey Sher.
  • Finger Awards return to Content London
    The Finger Awards will be presented for the second time at C21's Content London, recognising comedy professionals who have gone out of their way to try to make the world a better place through their craft.
  • BritBox arrives in Australia
    BritBox, the streaming joint venture from UK broadcasters ITV and the BBC, launched today in Australia, undercutting rivals such as Netflix and Stan with a monthly fee of A$8.99 (US$6.57).
  • Frot-Coutaz calls for YouTube premieres
    Cécile Frot-Coutaz, head of YouTube in EMEA, has encouraged broadcasters to launch their new programming on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.
  • Hulu gets Woke again
    NEWS BRIEF: Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has renewed its live-action/animation hybrid comedy series Woke for an eight-part second season.
  • Disney's pandemic blow eased by D2C
    The latest figures released by The Walt Disney Company show its direct-to-consumer service Disney+ now has 73.7 million paid subscribers globally.

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