Zaslav: Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows after an initial valuation was around US$9 billion, saying its rationale had […]

Facebook orders Norwegian teen drama, reveals plans for Watch

Facebook has ordered an English-language version of Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s online teen drama SKAM, to be made by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment for Watch, Facebook’s new home for professional content, including scripted drama, which went live in the US a few weeks ago. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Facebook’s head of creative global strategy Ricky […]

Movistar+ launches on Sony Android-based smart TVs

Spanish pay TV service Movistar+ is now available on Sony smart TVs that use the Android TV operating system, which accounts for the majority of the consumer electronics giant’s sets. Movistar+ has revamped its app on Sony TVs to offer more content, allowing subscribers to view up to three streams simultaneously in different parts of […]

New app Flixsnip to target family audience with short-form VOD

International movie channel provider Eurocinema’s founders Sebastien and Jacques Perioche have unveiled a new mobile-focused short-form content app, Flixsnip, which will launch on December. Speaking to DTVE at MIPCOM, Sebastien Perioche said that the service, which will be available globally, would offer a mix of family-focused entertainment, with 30 new hours of content added each […]

Movistar: scale and international value key to taking on Netflix

Producing local drama series with significant scale and shows that can be exported internationally are the best ways to take on global players such as Netflix, according to Domingo Corral, head of programming at Movistar+. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning, Corral pointed out that big international SVOD players  are only producing small numbers […]

Middle East content creators ‘need shows with international appeal’

Producers of original drama and other original content in the Middle East need to create shows that can work outside the region and to think more internationally, according to a panel of Arabic producers and broadcasters at MIPCOM in Cannes. Netflix’s Narcos was cited as an example of content that is related to a specific […]