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YouTube Red orders Sony’s Origin story drama

Subscription VOD service YouTube Red has ordered a sci-fi drama called Origin that has China International Television Corporation (CITVC) and Sony Pictures Television (CPT) attached. The ten-part drama comes from Sony-owned UK prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown) and Knighfall producer Midnight Radio, with CITVC and SPT’s international production arm producing in association. Origin is billed as a […]

John Cena, Kat Dennings front YouTube Red original

YouTube Red is set to bring in animated original Dallas & Robo, voiced by WWE wrestler John Cena and 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings. The series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2018 as the latest in a growing slate of originals the Google-owned SVOD service is offering subscribers. Dallas & Robo centers around […]

YouTube adds ex-WGN & Fox execs for originals

YouTube is bolstering its original programming team by hiring former WGN America (WGN) and Fox executives. Jon Wax has been named head of drama, scripted and current at SVOD service YouTube Red, while Angela Courtin takes a marketing post. Wax previously worked at WGN as executive VP of original programming, and becomes the second exec […]

YouTube Red orders Karate Kid spin-off

YouTube Red is set to host a Sony-made spin-off from film franchise The Karate Kid, which it will name Cobra Kai. The ten-episode, half-hour series will arrive on YouTube Red, the SVOD service of Google-owned YouTube, in 2018. It reteams Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who starred in the original series. The spin-off was created by Overbrook […]

YouTube Red orders 9 Story kids series

Subscription video service YouTube Red has ordered a live action kids series featuring YouTube star Colin Furze, a pair of scripted series and a competition format. Production on 9 Story Media Group-produced Furze World Wonders has begun ahead of an autumn launch on the online subscription service. YouTube Red has also ordered a Dwayne Johnson […]

YouTube launches Kids app on smart TVs

YouTube is launching its YouTube Kids app on smart TVs around the world. As of yesterday the app is now available on LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs in the 26 countries YouTube Kids is currently launched. “We’ve heard from families that they love watching videos on all their devices so bringing the entertaining and […]

YouTube launches live TV streaming service

YouTube has unveiled details of its much-anticipated television streaming service, describing it as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation”. YouTube TV is set to go live “soon” in the US with a line-up of more than 40 channels, including the biggest US broadcast networks. The service will be available across devices, includes a cloud […]

YouTube adds first kids content to Red subscription service

YouTube is adding four new original series to its YouTube Red subscription offering, created with its YouTube Kids app in mind. The children’s series mark the first YouTube Red series produced specifically for family audiences and are due to debut starting from this spring. YouTube announced the new series yesterday, at the same time as […]

NATPE: YouTube Red ‘beats target’, prepares launches

YouTube Red is tracking ahead of the “ambitious” subs targets Google has set the streaming service, and will launch in a raft of new territories this year, Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube, said in a keynote address at NATPE Miami yesterday. Daniels joined the Google-owned online video platform last year from MTV, […]

More than 1,000 YouTube creators reached 1m subs in 2016

More than 1,000 YouTube content creators reached a million subscribers last year, more than double the 2015 figure, according to the video site. In a blog post looking back at 2016 and heralding “an exciting 2017”, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki outlined a number of plans, including opening a YouTube Space studio in Rio this year. […]