MGM Studios to go multi-platform with Mark Burnett
The media giant has acquired 55% of Burnett’s One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment, with plans to launch a faith-based OTT service.
ITV invests in Believe Entertainment Group
Believe, a New York-based digital studio, says the U.K. broadcaster’s global reach and experience in long-form programming is of strategic importance.
People want more docs on VOD: study
Documentary makers are under-serving audiences who have trouble accessing their films, according to research done by Hot Docs film festival.
Shine International launches tiered VOD platform
The production company’s direct-to-consumer Shine Now app on Roku will stream content for free with advertising and be available to rent without ads.
Endemol UK launches multiplatform game show prodco
The division will work with specialist online gaming hub Endemol Games to develop multiplatform content around game show formats.
Xbox producing historical docu-drama
13 Days of Blood will be about a Roman emperor-turned-gladiator and will incorporate video gaming elements using a new, yet-to-be-announced Microsoft technology, explains Ari Mark, head of unscripted programming.
21st Century Fox, Apollo in talks to merge Shine, Endemol, Core
The preliminary agreement calls for a massive merger of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media Group that would be a landscape-changing venture.
POV to expand digital production with $250K fund
The PBS documentary strand is bolstering its digital co-productions, with $75K of the grant going towards two projects that push the boundaries of non-fiction media, the pubcaster says.
Netflix doc The Square wins DGA award
Accolades are stacking up for Jehane Noujaim’s film that follows activists during the ongoing Egyptian Revolution.
Sundance’s Artist Services signs docs for digital premieres
The Sundance Institute is premiering 11 feature films digitally through its Artist Services initiative, including the docs Dear Mandela, Reporter, The Light in Her Eyes (pictured) and When Billy Broke His Head.
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