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20th Century Fox takes stake in Italian VOD outfit Chili

20th Century Fox has taken a 4% stake in Italian transactional video-on-demand provider Chili in a reported €6 million investment in the platform. Fox joins Warner Bros, Viacom-Paramount and Sony Pictures as shareholders in the venture. Warner Bros and Paramount have 4% stakes, while Sony has a 3% stake in the venture. Torino 1895 Investments, […]

Warner Bros Digital Networks hires former Netflix exec

Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) has expanded with a trio of hires, including hiring a former Netflix original content exec. Eric Besner, Greg Salter and Katie Soo have all joined the Warner Bros. Entertainment division, reporting to executive VP of WBDN Jay Levine. Besner has been named senior VP of business development, working on a […]

Turner taps Nick for Boomerang SVOD chief

Turner has poached Sundance Feniger from Nickelodeon to run its new Boomerang subscription VOD service. He has been named VP and general manager of the service, which is a joint venture between Turner and stablemate Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group. The role will see him lead the overall Boomerang streaming business and partner with Korean […]

Boomerang OTT service goes live

Turner and Warner Bros’ animation subscription video-on-demand service, Boomerang, has gone live in the US. The service, which was announced last month, is aimed at “cartoon lovers of all ages” with titles taken from Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library. The service has gone live with 1,000 episodes of cartoons featuring characters like Scooby-Doo, […]

Warner Bros. exec appointed as Machinima CEO exits

Warner Bros. has parachuted one of its top interactive executives to the top post at multichannel network Machinima, with current CEO Chad Gutstein exiting. Russell Arons will now lead the US-based digital channels operator, which is focused on video games, as general manager. Gutstein will exit after a “multi-week” transition plan, after he is leaving […]

TVN inks new Warner Bros. deal

Polish broadcaster TVN has agreed a new deal with Warner Bros., covering the studios TV series and features. The agreement gives TVN the free TV and basic pay rights to a raft of new and catalogue titles. Series included in the deal include Lethal Weapon and Lucifer. Feature films include The Lego Movie, Godzilla, American Sniper, Fantastic […]

Starz Play renews Warner Bros. deal

Starz’ MENA-focused OTT service has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. The news comes soon after Starz Play Arabia secured an agreement with another studio, Fox, as first reported by DTVE’s sister title TBI. The new Warner Bros. deal gives Starz Play new TV and films from the studio for the 19 countries it […]

Warner Bros. to acquire Machinima outright

Warner Bros. Entertainment is taking full control of gaming-focused multichannel network Machinima. The Burbank-based studio led an US$18 million funding round in Machinima in 2014, and has been consistently linked with a full takeover since then. It has now signed an agreement. Past investors include Redpoint Ventures, MK Capital, former chairman and CEO Allan Debevoise. […]

Time Warner investment values Hulu at $5.8bn

Hulu has been valued at around US$5.83 billion (€5.18 billion) after Time Warner made a multi-million dollar investment in the US streaming service. Turner and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner paid US$583 million for a 10% stake in Hulu, which already counts 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Comcast as part-owners. Former part […]

Warner Bros. buys DramaFever SVOD service

Warner Bros. has acquired DramaFever, the US-based SVO service that specialises in South Korean TV and movie content. It is the second ownership change for DramaFever in recent times, after SoftBank bought it in late 2014 for US$100 million. The Japanese telco has now offloaded the SVOD service to Warner Bros. for an undisclosed. DramaFever […]

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