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US-based global factual streamer Discovery+ has commissioned a two-part documentary from directors Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme on the allegations of bribery and corruption around the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A language learning app that uses TV shows and movies to help people learn a new language has acquired a range of programming from ZDF Enterprises in Germany.
RTS: Chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, Casey Bloys, refused to be drawn on whether streamers’ thirst for rights will put an end to coproductions in the future.
Canada’s Boat Rocker is continuing to expand its roster of partnerships with international talent, inking an overall deal with producer-director Scott Weintrob and his LA-based production outfit Large Eyes.
RTS: Chief executive of Ofcom Dame Melanie Dawes has shut down claims that the UK media regulator’s independence is in danger.
Canadian public broadcaster the CBC has commissioned an 8x60’ docuseries examining the history of the Black experience in Canada.
UK prime minster Boris Johnson has appointed Nadine Dorries MP as the latest secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.
RTS: Kevin Mayer, chairman of sports streaming service DAZN, has set out his aims for the "next generation" media company he has launched with former Disney exec Tom Staggs, following its purchase of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.
Chinese streamer Tencent has joined Fox in the US and ARD in Germany as coproduction partner on ITV’s landmark natural history doc series A Year On Planet Earth.
RTS: The director general of the BBC Tim Davie has refuted claims the pubcaster offers poor value for viewers despite the loss of many home-grown stars to global VoD platforms, such as Phoebe Waller Bridge signing a deal with Amazon.
BBC First in Canada has joined broadcasters in the UK, Australia and New Zealand aboard the latest travel series fronted by Welsh comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones.
RTS: UK commercial broadcaster ITV is examining different windowing options for its original shows as it invests more in its direct-to-consumer digital offering, according to CEO Carolyn McCall.
RTS: The CEO of UK pay TV broadcaster Sky has declined to say whether its parent company, Comcast, would consider buying pubcaster Channel 4, as the UK government continues to push for its privatisation.
RTS: A privatised Channel 4 would mean programming such as Russell T Davies’ hit drama It’s a Sin would not be made, according to its CEO, Alex Mahon
RTS: HiddenLight Productions, the UK- and US-based prodco started by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton with Sam Branson, has optioned the Maisie Dobbs series of novels by Jacqueline Winspear.
RTS: The BBC’s licence fee contributes to fighting “media poverty” because it provides educational and informative content at a lower price point than its competitors, the UK pubcaster’s chairman Richard Sharp has said.
LA-based Latinx-focused media company Mucho Mas Media has partnered with UK-based streaming tech specialist Digital Media Distribution to launch a lifestyle and entertainment VoD platform in Latin America.
RTS: Discussion around the privatisation of commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 should not become “insular and parochial,” according to YouTube UK and Ireland’s managing director Ben McOwen Wilson.
RTS: The next trend in the streaming space will be commerce, according to YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl.
US digital channel True Crime Network (fka Justice Network) has greenlit a local version of factual format Killer, in which a journalist explores domestic murder stories.
US production, finance and management firm The Cartel has hired former Reel One Entertainment executive Lexi Lewis as its director of development.
Fremantle-owned UK prodco Naked has appointed Vice's former MD of international TV, Tamara Howe, as its first director of commercial and operations.
The BBC and Comcast-owned Sky have renewed and expanded their long-term strategic partnership to give the UK pubcaster greater prominence on Sky platforms.
The UK government's culture secretary will set out his support for the privatisation of Channel 4 at the Royal Television Society Convention later today.
Disney+ will next month release a docuseries produced by James Corden prodco Fulwell 73 that follows NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy as he embarks on one last mission.
Amazon in the UK has greenlit a doc feature about British YouTuber KSI produced by Louis Theroux, as well as psychological thriller about a twisted love story.
The UK’s Sky Arts has marked its first anniversary as a free-to-air channel by revealing a new slate led by a range of filmed theatre performances.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's prodco Westbrook Studios, reportedly the subject of an imminent takeover, has appointed former Vice exec Jannat Gargi as senior VP and head of documentaries.
Former ViacomCBS International executives Claire McArdle and Rebecca Knight have joined forces to launch a UK unscripted production company called Collective Media Group.
US broadcast network Fox News’ SVoD platform Fox Nation has greenlit a reboot of police observational documentary Cops, just over a year after Paramount cancelled the long-running series in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.