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, […]

Apple hints at wider content plans

Apple will roll out originals for its Apple Music service throughout the year and has hinted at far wider content plans as the media landscape continues to shift. Speaking on the company’s fiscal first quarter earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said the company is learning a lot about the original content business and is “thinking […]

Netflix: TV series account for two thirds of viewing

TV series, including Netflix’s own original productions, now account for two thirds of viewing time on the SVOD service, according to Ted Sarandos. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, said it is more efficient to spend money on originals than on licensing high profile content, and defended making both TV shows […]

Netflix sets sights on more British originals

Netflix is set to ramp up its British production efforts, with co-production deals in place with the three main UK terrestrial broadcasters. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos said that Netflix had already had global success with the UK shows it has licensed for its service and claimed […]

Netflix aims for half original, half licensed content split

Netflix aims to move to a 50-50 split between licensed and original content, according to the company’s chief finance officer, David Wells. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ 25th Annual Communacopia Conference in New York yesterday, Wells said that the subscription video-on-demand giant will be “pushing more and more” towards its goal of half original exclusive content. “It will […]

Netflix doubling up on original programming

Netflix will almost double the amount of original TV series on its service in 2017 according to the streaming service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. The Netflix content chief was speaking about the plans to scale up production at a US media conference organised by investment bank UBS. He said that the number of drama […]

Netflix plans next original feature film

US streaming service Netflix is continuing its push into original feature films with Girlfriend’s Day, a black comedy starring Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk. The film follows a put-upon greetings card writer (Odenkirk) who is framed for murder. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. It said that Girlfriend’s Day will have […]

BBC announces new iPlayer originals

Comedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creating more originals for UK on-demand service BBC iPlayer. Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy follows on from last year’s successful Scottish Referendum Autopsy, and will see the acerbic comic (Tramadol Nights) attempting to make sense of the UK General Election in front of a live audience that decide if […]

Netflix’s content streaming obligations grow by US$1.6 billion

Netflix’s content streaming obligations grew by US$1.6 billion (€1.25 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, due to multi-year commitments linked to its latest European launches and the expansion of its original programming efforts. In its latest quarterly report, filed yesterday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Netflix said that its streaming content […]

Amazon launches second wave of original pilots

Amazon’s production arm Amazon Studios has debuted a host of new original programme pilots spanning comedy, drama and kids shows. The 10 pilots launched today on Amazon-owned VOD service Lovefilm in the UK and on Prime Instant Video in the US, with a selection of the shows that prove most popular due to be made […]