Roku preps Nippon’s ‘Sokkuri Sweets’ & eyes ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

AVOD operator Roku has tapped singer-actor Josh Groban to host its upcoming remake of Japanese competition format Sokkuri Sweets and is exploring an extension of NBC’s recently cancelled series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The 10-episode remake of Sokkuri Sweets, which will be known as Eye Candy, will be available via The Roku Channel and is being […]

Roku extends first ‘original’ as ‘Die Hart’ enjoys ‘spectacular debut’

Free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service The Roku Channel has ordered a second season of scripted series Die Hart, marking the AVOD company’s first ‘original’ to be extended.  The commission of Die Harter follows Roku’s acquisition of the first season, Die Hart, from now defunct shortform streamer Quibi as part of a package deal valued at $100m. Roku […]

Universal TV hires Quibi scripted exec Kate Hoenigsberg

Kate Hoenigsberg has returned to NBCUniversal, which has hired her as SVP of drama development for Universal Television, following a stint at failed short-form streamer Quibi. Hoenigsberg will report to Vivian Cannon, EVP of drama development, who previously served in the SVP role, until she was upped to head the department last year, following Erin […]

Roku prepares to launch Quibi shows from mid-May

AVOD operator and device manufacturer Roku will roll out its recently acquired programming from now-defunct Quibi from 20 May. The launch line-up includes 30 titles, ranging from scripted IP such as Most Dangerous Game, Die Hart, #FreeRayshawn and Reno 911!, to documentaries including Blackballed, as well as alternative and reality programming such as Punk’d and Chrissy’s […]

TBI Weekly: How AVOD is starting to pull out the big guns

If it hadn’t been for the double-barrel effect of a global pandemic and the launch of streamers direct from US studios, then 2020 would likely have been seen as a major trigger point in AVOD’s evolution.    As it is, these services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but there are soon to […]

Roku buys Quibi’s short-form content in deal valued at ‘less than $100m’

AVOD streamer Roku has confirmed a deal to acquire more than 75 shows from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi, which has been valued at less than $100m. The full range of titles that had previously premiered on Quibi will now be available exclusively around the world via the device manufacturer’s fast-growing AVOD service The Roku […]

AVOD streamer Roku nears deal to buy Quibi’s short-form content

AVOD streamer and device manufacturer Roku is nearing a deal to acquire programming from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi. The streamer officially ceased operations in December just seven months after launching, following an admission in October that it had failed to secure subscriber interest and would be closing down. Roku has now emerged as […]

Disney’s Freeform names originals chief, hires Quibi exec for unscripted

Disney-owned US network Freeform has promoted Jamila Hunter to oversee originals and development while also adding the former head of documentaries at now defunct Quibi. Hunter, who was previously SVP of current & alternative programming, will now become EVP of originals & development at the youth-skewing network and reports into Tara Duncan, who was appointed […]

Short-form streamer Quibi formally shuttered as asset sell-off heats up

Short-form and short-lived streaming service Quibi has officially ceased operations just seven months after launching, with the service now selling remaining assets. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-created company announced in October that it would shut down in December, but did not mention a specific date. However, no later than the first of the month, Quibi has shut […]

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