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August 20, 2019

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Australian SVOD Market Hits 12.3 Million Subs

Australians have a "growing taste for sports and video entertainment content," according to research firm Telsyte, driving the SVOD services market to reach 12.3 million total subscriptions at the end of June 2019.


ESPN Snaps Up Global Rights to National Women’s Soccer League

ESPN has entered into an exclusive agreement with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for the worldwide rights to the league’s regular-season and playoff matches.

***Inter Medya***

Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight Working on New BBC One Drama

TVDRAMA BBC One has commissioned a new drama series based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes, to be adapted by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol).

***THE WIT***

HBO Max Picks Up Let Them All Talk with Meryl Streep

HBO Max is adding to its feature roster with Let Them All Talk (working title), an original film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Meryl Streep.


Lionsgate Play to Launch in India

TVASIA Vodafone Idea has struck a deal to bring Lionsgate’s premium service Lionsgate Play to India.

Sky NZ’s Head of Entertainment Content to Depart

Karen Bieleski, the head of entertainment content at Sky New Zealand, has resigned from her role and is set to depart in October.

***World Screen - MIPCOM Edition***

Video Interview with Kanal D International’s Kerim Emrah Turna

TVDRAMA Kerim Emrah Turna, executive director of Kanal D International, spoke to World Screen Newsflash about how business has been in 2019 so far.

VH1 Orders More RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars

TVUSA RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars have been greenlit by VH1 for new seasons.

Jim Henson Company Aligns with PDS to Expand Digital Footprint

TVKIDS The Jim Henson Company and its partner Premiere Digital Services (PDS) have teamed up to launch several of its family-entertainment series on iTunes and Google Play in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia.

***World Screen - September/Pre-MIPCOM Edition***

TVF International Sends India on Film to Discovery India

TVREAL TVF International has pre-sold India on Film, a two-part history documentary, to Discovery India for the India and SAARC region.

GMA Dramas Airing Across Southeast Asia

TVDRAMA GMA Worldwide has lined up deals with broadcasters across Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam for Filipino dramas such as Legally Blind and Beautiful Strangers.

GRB Taps Sarah Coursey to Head International

TVUSA GRB Studios has hired Sarah Coursey as senior VP of international, overseeing the sales and acquisitions team as well as spearheading global co-production and co-development projects.

***MIPCOM Regional Editions***

HBO & Survios Pact for Westworld VR Experience

TVDRAMA HBO has partnered with the interactive content studio Survios to launch a new virtual-reality game based on its Westworld TV series.

Disney Channel Sets Cast for Upside-Down Magic

TVKIDS The Disney Channel Original Movie Upside-Down Magic has cast newcomer Izabela Rose and Siena Agudong (No Good Nick) in the lead roles.

VIMN Signs Deal for In-Car Entertainment in Germany

TVEUROPE Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Access have entered into a partnership to make the MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels accessible to vehicle passengers via Access’s Twine4Car system in Germany.

***TV Drama Guide 2019/2020***

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The Terror: Infamy’s Alexander Woo
The showrunner of AMC's The Terror: Infamy on fusing Japanese folklore with real-world history.

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Anne Olzmann, Albatross World Sales’ managing director.

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Event Preview: Edinburgh TV Festival
Edinburgh TV Festival, held from August 21 to 23, is expected to draw around 2,000 delegates.

TV Formats Weekly

RTL Group’s
Matthias Scholten

The managing director of RTL Group’s Format Creation Group talks about the new creative unit.

TV Kids Weekly

Event Preview: Brand Licensing Europe
Brand Licensing Europe will take place from October 1 to 3 at ExCeL London.

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