Several major studios, including Fox, Universal and Disney, are suing Omniverse One World Television on the grounds of copyright infringement for providing TV channel packages to a number of unlicensed streaming companies. Founder Jason DeMeo says he has a contract granting him permission to offer the programming; the studios say that is not the case.
Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins is aiming to bring young viewers back to the network by producing hit shows that can be enjoyed on any device, as more children opt to stream content. Planned projects include a reboot of popular sketch comedy show "All That," produced by alumnus Kenan Thompson, as well as a "SpongeBob SquarePants" spinoff.
CBS executives defended the company's momentum on the streaming front during Thursday's earning call with investors. Interim CEO Joe Ianniello expects domestic subscribers to the network's streaming services to hit 25 million by 2022 and is focused on many initiatives to achieve that, including boosting content for Showtime and All Access, as well as using one platform to promote content on the other.
ABC's Freeform has found success in creating content that appeals to teens, with hit shows including "Grown-ish," "Pretty Little Liars" and "Good Trouble." Elements such as encouraging diversity on both sides of the camera, developing existing franchises and applying an aspirational tone to storytelling help the network connect with its young audience.
Amazon TV executive Albert Cheng, speaking at the Television Critics Association winter event, said his company is evaluating the sports field and how subscribers respond to live offerings such as football, tennis and soccer. The company has secured the rights to several English Premier League games and US Open tennis matches, and it is reportedly considering the purchase of Fox's regional sports networks.
The film "Breaking Bad," a likely sequel to the Emmy-winning television show, reportedly may have dual screenings on Netflix and AMC. The Vince Gilligan project is still under wraps, with no details confirmed.
Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studios leader, spoke at the Television Critics Association event about the company's global strategy being key to its success and said to expect more content on the international front. Amazon has 17 new series from Germany, the UK, Mexico and several other countries in production, as well as renewed franchises aimed at the US, such as "Jack Ryan," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and "Homecoming."
Matt Polka, president of the American Cable Association, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, asserting that government should not interfere with the $75 billion that broadband companies invest annually in fixed, mobile and infrastructure. He also noted that much work is still necessary to close the digital divide and remove obstacles that hinder deployment.
Apple's new streaming service rollout this spring will reportedly not include Netflix, and at this point, sources are uncertain about HBO. The product, which is expected to include content from Starz, CBS and Viacom, will facilitate viewer access to several services in one app.
USA has ordered Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" into production, with David Wiener at the helm. The network is also developing pilots for Andy Greenwald's "Briarpatch" and Megan Abbott's "Dare Me."
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