Originals


IHS Markit: Netflix and Amazon grow local originals output

Netflix and Amazon are building their presence in local markets with a growing amount of their original content produced outside the US, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that Netflix launched 1,257 hours of original first-run content last year, 402 hours of which – some 32% – originated outside the US. Amazon produced […]

Netflix expects 700 originals by year-end

Pay streaming giant Netflix expects its US$8 billion content investment in 2018 to result in 700 originals on the service by year-end. Netflix CFO David Wells told delegates at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that 80 of those would be produced outside the US. “Let’s continue to add content,” he said. “It’s […]

Facebook ‘could spend US$1bn’ on original shows

Facebook could spend up to US$1 billion on original shows for its platform between now and 2018, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The paper, citing unnamed sources, said that the precise figure spent by the social media giant could vary depending on the success of its originals. Such an investment could […]

Netflix cuts into Turkey with original

Streaming giant Netflix is getting into the original programming game in Turkey. The Los Gatos-based SVOD service has been ramping up its activity in local markets across Europe, and has now ordered a ten-part, “hero-driven action story” based on Ottoman and Turkish legend and history. Netflix’s drama comes from Istanbul-based O3 Medya, with company co-owner […]

Netflix creates 400 Euro jobs, new originals

SVOD giant Netflix is on a European charm offensive, creating 400 jobs at a new Amsterdam customer service base and ordering new originals from the continent. The office was unveiled this week, initially employing 170 staff, 345 by the end of the year and 400 by 2019. It will service eleven territories (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, […]

Report: Apple aims for 10 originals this year

Apple is reportedly aiming to release as many as 10 original series this year through its subscription Apple Music service. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on “several” music-themed documentaries alongside its previously announced series Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps. “For a music streaming service, we’re building a very decent slate,” Apple […]

Amazon: ‘multi-local’ originals key to driving subscriptions

Amazon Prime Video will increasingly focus on original international content with market-specific appeal to drive up subscriptions and sustain its base globally, according to Roy Price. In a keynote interview at MIPTV in Cannes yesterday, Amazon Prime Video’s head of global content said “there are no global customers so you have to provide a ‘multi-local’ […]

Vimeo staffs up for content and originals push

Vimeo has made a trio of hires as it pushes into original programming, co-productions and premium drama acquisitions, bringing on execs from Paramount, Hulu and Bunim Murray, DTVE’s sister title TBIVision reports. The video service has already said it is keen to “follow in the footsteps” of Netflix, and wants a Vimeo SVOD service stocked with […]

Facebook appoints MTV exec to work on original content

Facebook has appointed MTV Networks executive Mina Lefevre as head of development for its original content efforts. Lefevre, who confirmed her move in a post on Facebook, was previously executive vice-president, development and programming and head of scripted at MTV. She will stay based in Los Angeles, working out of Facebook’s offices in Playa Vista […]

Amazon to maintain high investment in Originals

Amazon’s increased spend on original content will “continue in 2017 and likely beyond”, as it continues to build engagement through its video strategy. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that last year Amazon Prime customers more than doubled their amount of hours they spent consuming video, music, […]

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