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Today we hear from former Sundance Channel and MGM Networks president Bruce Tuchman about the launch of independent streamer Rialto International and his predictions for 2021, and from Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, about the SVoD service’s first year in operation.

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Media veteran Bruce Tuchman and New Zealand’s Rialto Channel have set up a joint venture to launch an international streaming service featuring independent film and TV.

Rialto International will roll out branded streaming, SVoD, AVoD and linear services worldwide, with the first debuting in Australia through a partnership with Samsung.

Tuchman, the former president of Sundance Channel Global, AMC Global and MGM Networks, serves as co-chairman. He spoke with Ruth Lawes about the opportunities for such streamers, the viewership boost seen during the pandemic and the longer-term challenges the sector faces.

Ryan Chanatry is general manager of North American SVoD service Topic, which recently celebrated its first year in operation. Owned by First-Look Media, the streamer aims to appeal to the “culturally curious” and has been busy snapping up programming, venturing into originals and coproductions with the international community.

Chanatry spoke to Gün Akyuz about Topic’s first 12 months, the traction it has achieved amid the pandemic, the challenges of building audiences in such a competitive market and its ambitions for the coming year, including more copros, not only with European partners but further afield.

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