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BritBox appoints ITV SVOD chief Reemah Sakaan to become international CEO

BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV have appointed the latter’s group director of SVOD Reemah Sakaan as international CEO for joint venture streamer BritBox. Sakaan, who was responsible for the launch of BritBox in the UK and is also currently chief brand & creative officer at BritBox Global, will start in April and will be tasked with […]

BBC launches standalone factual SVOD BBC Select in US and Canada

BBC Studios has launched its standalone US streaming service BBC Select. Separate from the entertainment-oriented BritBox, which is operated as a joint-venture with ITV, BBC Select specialises in factual and non-scripted content. It features documentaries from BBC mainstays such as Louis Theroux and Adam Curtis, along with content from other channels including Channel 4. The […]

BBC Studios to launch streamer in US and Canada

BBC Studios (BBCS) is expanding its North American SVOD offering with a new streamer set to launch next year that will target “independent thinkers”. BBC Select will launch with a raft of UK programming split into three main topics – culture, politics and ideas – and builds on the internationally facing, culture-skewing, BBC Four-focused SVOD […]

BritBox launches in Australia in latest step of global rollout

ITV-BBCS joint-venture SVOD BritBox has made its bow in Australia. The streamer offers viewers ‘the largest streaming collection of British drama and comedy on demand’, and launches in the country following successful rollouts in the US, Canada and the UK. The former two countries have a combined total of more than one million subscribers. Launching […]

ITV to commission AVOD originals and eyes more BritBox coproductions

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall has said the UK commercial broadcaster will start to commission original programming for its AVOD service ITV Hub and has talked up co-production opportunities for its joint venture streamer BritBox. McCall, who has had to steer ITV through a huge revenue drop over the past six months since the pandemic started, […]

New BBC boss Tim Davie rules out subscription-based licence fee

New BBC chief Tim Davie has explicitly rejected a subscription model to finance the BBC. Davie also used his introductory speech as director general to say that his former employer BBC Studios (BBCS) will play a vital role in the broadcaster’s future as it looks to compete with deep-pocketed global streamers and pointed to the […]

BritBox partners to invest A$35m in Australian venture

UK commercial broadcaster ITV and BBC Studios (BBCS) are to inject more than A$35m (€21 million) into BritBox’s soon-to-launch Australian operation. BBCS and ITV, which revealed in March plans to launch an Aussie version of the British content-focused streamer, will both invest A$17.7m ($12.7m) in the streamer over the next three years. The SVOD service, which […]

BritBox announces international expansion in up to 25 countries

Streaming service BritBox – the joint venture of ITV and BBC Studios – will further its footprint with expansion in up to 25 countries. The British content streamer initially launched in the US and Canada in 2017 before expanding to the UK last November. The company had already announced plans for a 2020 Australian launch, […]

BBC Studios chooses SES for playout and distribution

The BBC’s commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) and its UK channel subsidiary UKTV have chosen satellite operator SES to manage the playout and distribution of over 50 linear channels and their associated video on demand services.  SES will provide playout, content processing, distribution, and VOD services, delivering BBCS and UKTV content to a network of […]

BBC faces budget challenge over absence of Studios dividend

The UK’s BBC is looking at a £65m budget black hole after it emerged that the impact of Covid-19 on commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) will mean that the latter’s annual dividend to its public broadcaster parent is unlikely to be made. BBCS contributed almost £250 million to its parent broadcaster last year, driven by sales […]

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