Viu, a leading pan-Asian OTT video service backed by Hong Kong’s PCCW Media Group, is expanding its original content initiative with the commissioning of some 70 titles and over 900 episodes of locally produced content by the end of 2018. Shows include those sourced in Indian, Chinese, Indonesian and Arabic languages. The platform now boasts over 16 million monthly active users across Asia. Shows include “Spotlight 2” produced by Bollywood director Vikram Bhatt, and “Kenapa Harus Bule?” by Indonesian director Andri Cune. “The Bridge,” a popular international TV series, will be remade with Asia context and filmed in Singapore and Malaysia. Viu previously launched feature movie “High Jack,” which is co-produced with Phantom Films in India, and is scheduled to be screened in 450 Indian theaters, ahead of its online release on Viu.
Digital media group, WebTVAsia has launched its LUVE multi channel network in its newest market Taiwan. The platform is already operational in Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Its platform claims 3,000 of the most popular Asian creator channels and a monthly audience of 170 million Asian millennials.
“We have been pioneering the YouTube MCN ecosystem for Asian creators since 2013. WebTVAsia is now ready to leverage on our proven track records and make LUVE the future of Asian millennial entertainment,” said founder and group CEO Fred Chong.
Tribe, the regional video streaming service that is part of Malaysia’s Astro group, has expanded its footprint in Indonesia via a partnership with Telkomsel, the largest mobile provider in the country. Tribe’s content will be available on Telkomsel’s VideoMax package, bundled with free streaming allowing more Indonesians to watch content wherever they are and whenever they want.
“There is a huge opportunity for ASEAN original IPs with stories that resonate for a bigger audience through better production quality, higher budgets and co-productions with like-minded regional partners in Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines,” said Iskandar Samad, Tribe CEO. The company launched its first Indonesian-Malay original series, “Gantung,’ in January 2018.
Viacom International Media Networks announced its expanded collaboration with Indonesia’s leading mobile operator, Telkomsel to launch the Nick Jr. linear channel on Telkomsel’s network in Indonesia. It is VIMN’s first linear channel deal with a mobile partner in Indonesia. A rollout is set by the end of the second quarter of the calendar year. The preschool linear channel will be available in English and Bahasa Indonesia localization.
Discovery is to launch Discovery Kids, a mobile subscription service for children, in the Philippines in partnership with mobile phone network Smart Communications. It will be rolled out as a mobile, tablet and TV app in other markets in Asia and beyond. The company said the move is a core part of Discovery’s pivoting from linear to digital, with an evolving suite of multi-screen products such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend. “The Philippines is a market embracing digital innovation and is a great test bed for our digital first kids service,” said JB Perrette, president & CEO Discovery Networks International, in a statement.
Asian channels group, Celestial Tiger Entertainment announced two new carriage agreements in Vietnam that expand CTE’s footprint there to over 3 million pay TV households. Action entertainment channel KIX will launch on Vietnam Television Cable Corporation (VTVCab), one of Vietnam’s largest cable operators and a fully-owned subsidiary of state-run broadcaster Vietnam Television; and nextTV, an IPTV and cable service provider owned by mobile phone operator Viettel.
Eliot Goldberg, AMC Networks’ executive vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming for AMC, Sundance TV and BBC America, is departing the company after six years. Marco Bresaz, senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming, will lead the nonfiction programming group going forward. Kelly Nash, who was recently promoted to vice president of nonfiction [...]
Lilly Singh lampooned Disney Plus’ disclaimer that certain older movies include “outdated cultural depictions” on her NBC show. The YouTube and late-night TV comedian took issue with Disney’s euphemistic phrasing — pointing out that the warning is really about the “racist” tropes in decades-old movies that were made for kids. Disney Plus includes “a bunch [...]
Gloria Calderón Kellett has inked a multi-year overall deal at Amazon. “I have been so blown away by the original series coming out of Amazon,” said Calderón Kellett. “Their commitment to supporting creators, specifically women, has been next level. It’s clear they are committed to supporting outstanding, quality television. When I met the diverse Amazon [...]
Disturbing footage has emerged of a “Big Brother” Spain contestant being confronted by producers with video of herself allegedly being sexually assaulted by another housemate on the reality show – and then being told not to talk about it with her fellow contestants. Carlota Prado was brought into the “Big Brother” house’s “diary room,” where [...]
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Goodbye, angel wings and bedazzled undergarments. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is officially canceled. L Brands’ CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer confirmed to analysts on the company’s earnings call on Thursday that the hourlong special, which has aired since 2001, would not be happening. Why? The official answer is that L Brands — the parent company of [...]
The Congressional Black Caucus and an owner of cable’s Africa Channel have turned up the pressure on Comcast, blasting the cable giant for its business practices and legal strategy in fighting Byron Allen’s racial discrimination lawsuit. Paula Madison, an owner of The Africa Channel (TAC), issued a lengthy statement criticizing Comcast for what she characterized [...]