Warner Bros. Discovery expands Thai HBO presence with AIS pact

Warner Bros. Discovery has extended its partnership with Thai operator AIS (Advanced Info Service) to launch HBO Go in the country and bring a new HBO channel pack to its streaming service AIS Play. Effective immediately, HBO Go will be included in new AIS packages and promotions, giving subscribers in Thailand access to shows such […]

Banijay hires Twitter’s former French chief to lead digital expansion

Banijay has appointed the former MD of Twitter in France to a newly created role tasked with overseeing its digital expansion. Damien Viel becomes chief digital & marketing officer for the French production and distribution firm, taking charge of the group’s “digital diversification strategies” and tasked with pushing innovation globally. He reports into Banijay CEO […]

Fifth Season hires Netflix’s Travis Webb to lead American sales

CJ ENM-owned Fifth Season has appointed long-time Netflix exec Travis Webb as SVP of sales for the Americas. Joining the TV distribution team and based in the company’s LA office, Webb will lead sales activity for the firm’s slate of scripted and unscripted content in the US, Canada, and Latin America markets. He will report […]

Netflix to trim costs by $300m in 2023, report claims

Netflix is looking to trim spending by about $300m million this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. However, the streamer, while urging staff to rein in expenditure, has said it is not planning to freeze hiring or announce additional layoffs, according to the report. The company’s decision to […]

Double wins for ‘I Am Ruth’ & ‘The Traitors’ at Bafta TV Awards

Channel 4 drama anthology instalment I Am Ruth was among the biggest winners at the 2023 TV Bafta Awards, the annual event that celebrates the best of UK programming and performances. Produced by Me+You Productions and created by Dominic Savage, the show won the accolade for Best Single Drama, with star Kate Winslet also taking […]

ABC in Oz overhauls content & news teams, with job losses expected

The ABC in Australia has unveiled more details about the overhaul of its news and content operations, with job cuts expected. The content division will be led by former Netflix and BBC exec Chris Oliver-Taylor, while the pubcaster will ditch its regional bureaus and move staff into a single, central news unit led by Justin […]

Global SVOD subs predicted to rise 400 million by 2028

Global SVOD subscriptions are predicted to rise by 400 million between 2022 and 2028 to reach 1.76 billion, according to Digital TV Research. The research firm said that this statistic shows that there is still plenty of SVOD growth left and estimates that by 2028, 24 countries will have more than 10 million SVOD subscriptions. […]

Vice Media Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

US-Canadian youth-skewing digital firm Vice Media Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York and agreed a sale of assets to a consortium of lenders. As had been expected, Fortress Investment Group, the company’s largest debtholder, will form part of the new ownership, alongside Soros Fund Management and Monroe Capital. The group will […]

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