Showbiz Synergy: TelevisaUnivision – SBT Pact, Netflix Queer Eye Win, Gracenote FAST Track to Streaming, Accenture – Vū Ventures and more!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Entertainment Supply Chain Digest. From partnerships to advancements, explore the heartbeat of showbiz synergy in our curated highlights.

Unveiling TelevisaUnivision’s game-changing pact with SBT, Netflix’s triumph with Queer Eye, Gracenote’s FAST-Track revolutionizing streaming, and Accenture’s Vū Ventures reshaping the industry.

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IP Deals

Hottest IP Stories, Formats, Books, Games, Podcasts to be turned into the next big blockbuster
  • France’s W9 has commissioned a local version of the dating format “Save the Date,” produced by Banijay Productions France. In this unique show, singles set their wedding date before finding their partner, racing against time to prepare for the wedding and say “I do.” This marks the fourth version of the reality series by W9. (🇫🇷)
  • Wiip is set to produce “Adamtine,” a horror film based on Hannah Berry’s graphic novel. Mark Roybal, known for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,”.The film follows four strangers on a train, each connected to a serial killer, as they face a shapeless evil with no escape. (🇺🇸) 
  • Atresmedia’s new show, “Si lo dice mi madre,” adapts the international format ‘Mommy Knows Best,’ where contestants’ mothers take charge of three dates to find the best partner for their children. La Pija and la Quinqui host the Flooxer production in collaboration with Thinketers, adding a unique twist to traditional dating shows. (🇪🇸)
  • Toronto-based Wildling Pictures secures book options, including Amy Stuart’s bestselling mystery thriller “A Death at The Party.” Additionally, the prodco is adapting Rachelle Delaney’s coming-of-age novel “Clara Voyant” into a young-adult series with screenwriter Veronika Paz on board. (🇨🇦)
  • Netflix to produce the Korean series ‘Karma,’ adapted from the Kakao webtoon. The show delves into the intertwined lives of individuals caught in a repeating karmic cycle, exploring the connections forged without understanding the reasons behind their fateful entanglement. (🇰🇷)

Production Deals

Sneak peak into recently announced production projects worldwide
  • Arantxa Aguirre’s documentary ‘Ciento Flying’ honors sculptor Eduardo Chillida, hosted by Jone Laspiur. Produced by Bixagu Entertainment and A Contracorriente Films, and filmed over four seasons, it captures scenes at the Chillida Leku museum and various locations in San Sebastián, Hernani, and Bilbao. (🇪🇸) 
  • Zeppelin Studio and Wild Sheep team up for “La pistolera,” a movie inspired by the life of controversial criminal, Margarita Di Tullio. The film, selected in the Iberseries and Platino Industria Co-production Forum, is a collaborative effort among international production companies. (🇦🇷)
  • De Mensen, a Flemish production company, has inked a multi-year coproduction deal with Dutch broadcaster NPO and Belgian broadcaster VRT, both owned by Newen. The agreement entails the joint development of a minimum of five shows over the next three years. (🇧🇪 🇳🇱) 
  • “Moon Knight” director Mohamed Diab is set to helm the high-concept action thriller “Leap,” written by Ben Ripley and produced by The Picture Company, following StudioCanal’s recent acquisition stake. The film set on the Eurostar train,  follows a daring rescue mission within a never-ending time loop.  (🇺🇸 🇫🇷)
  • TVNZ announced its 2024 slate around locally made content, underlining its commitment to New Zealandness as the key to their success. The lineup showcases Kiwi stories like “Warren’s Vortex” and documentaries such as “The Lost Boys of Dilworth.” (🇳🇿)

Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements

Distribution Deals

Distributors securing worldwide content across different genres, languages and format types
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Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • Renowned actor and comedian Kevin James will debut his comedy special, “Irregardless,” on Prime Video this winter. The family-friendly, one-hour show humorously explores parenting, marriage, and aging. (🌐) 
  • Peacock acquires the rights to Canadian preschool series “Mittens & Pants,” featuring a kitten and puppy duo in the all-animal town of Kibble Corners. The Comcast-owned streaming service will premiere the show’s first season,, while licensing deals with US AVoD platforms like HappyKids and Kidoodle.TV will further expand its reach. (🌐)
  • Australian streamer Stan secures the new adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novels, co-produced by the BBC and ZDF. The three-part series, reimagining Blyton’s iconic children’s tales, will premiere on Stan in Australia. (🇦🇺 🇬🇧)
  • ETV Win, the OTT platform under the Eenadu group, secures the Telugu rights for the popular Korean show “Flower of Evil.” Following the trend of dubbing hit Malayalam films and international shows into Telugu, ETV Win emerges as a significant platform for small/medium budget releases, gearing up to premiere the Telugu version of the acclaimed Korean series. (🇰🇷🇮🇳)
  • French animation studio Millimages announces content sales success in Latin America, including the sale of “Molang” Season 4 to leading SVOD platform Globoplay in Brazil. “Molang” ranked as the fourth most-watched French show globally in 2022 across animation and live-action categories. (🇧🇷 🇫🇷)

Partnerships/M&A

Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • The North Road Company acquires Little Room Films, the documentary-focused production company founded by Jason Hehir, renowned for his work on “The Last Dance” docuseries. Hehir will continue as president, and Little Room Films will integrate into North Road’s non-scripted division, Words + Pictures, led by CEO Connor Schell, as part of the ongoing expansion of North Road’s portfolio. (🇺🇸)”
  • UK-based Content Kings expands into the Middle East with a new office in Dubai, aiming to bring a fresh approach to storytelling and entertainment in the region. The company’s inaugural major project, scheduled for January 2024 in Saudi Arabia, features contestants competing for a substantial cash prize, while collaborations with a prominent US star are underway in the UAE. (🇬🇧)
  • Scenery and V-Ventures launch SV Docs, a €1m fund supporting investigative documentaries. Backed by Banijay Benelux, the initiative provides financial aid, guidance, and expertise to filmmakers worldwide, with Amsterdam-based Scenery and V-Ventures’ parent firm, Vereniging Veronica, offering valuable networks. SV Docs will invest biannually in promising documentary pitches, supplementing contributions with potential returns from previous investments. (🇳🇱 ,Benelux)
  • Toronto-based Wildling Pictures introduces a new TV division with a diverse slate of high-profile scripted series and intellectual properties. Renowned for films like “Young Werther” and “See For Me,” the TV lineup focuses on high-end drama, kids, YA, and family projects, marking Wildling’s strategic expansion into television production. (🇨🇦)
  • Cineverse Corp. announces plans to expand revenue opportunities in audio and publishing with Bloody Press, its new publishing arm, focusing on audiobooks, e-books, and print editions. The first title, an adaptation of “Terrifier 2,” debuts in February 2024. (🇺🇸)

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain
  • LOGIC media solutions introduces the roadKIT, an IP Starter Kit designed to ease the transition to IP-based broadcasting. The comprehensive bundle includes software, hardware, and 80 hours of consultation, allowing broadcasters to experiment with IP-based workflows. (🇩🇪)
  • Maxon, the developers of professional software solutions, has announced comprehensive updates to several products in the Maxon One subscription offering. Key improvements include enhancements to ZBrush, offering new ways to manipulate meshes, and improved import of Cinema 4D files into Unreal Engine with extended Redshift materials support in Cineware. (🌐)
  • Roundabout Entertainment tackles petabyte-scale data management challenges with AJA Diskover Media Edition, optimizing file search and retrieval for streamlined content production and post facilities in media and entertainment. (🇺🇸) 
  • Yospace and Capella Systems collaborated on a live orchestration solution for server-side ad insertion (SSAI) during one-off live OTT events, offering operational efficiencies and increased advertising revenues for broadcasters.(🇬🇧 🇺🇸)
  • PMC has introduced a new multichannel amplifier tailored for the professional immersive audio and home cinema markets. The 2U rack-mounted amplifier is designed to power any passive PMC speaker and is especially suitable for PMC’s Ci series monitors used in Dolby Atmos installations. (🇬🇧)

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Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production
  • Amagi partners with Krave Media to power MTRSPT1, a motorsports channel, using Amagi LIVE and CLOUDPORT for live event orchestration and cloud-based playout, enhancing the motorsports streaming experience. (🇺🇸 🇨🇦)
  • Lixo Pixels, a cinema post-production leader, revolutionizes DI color grading and VFX/CG. Cutting-edge technology and expert colorists ensure every project meets the highest standards of visual storytelling. (🇮🇳) 
  • Steinberg releases Nuendo 13, heralding a new era in post-production and game audio. The update features integrated MPEG-H Audio workflow, innovative dialogue recording, Dolby Atmos improvements, video track enhancements, new vocal processing plugins, and over 20 workflow improvements, shaping the future of post-production. (🇩🇪)
  • Racquet Studios, a UK virtual production facility in Eastbourne, announces a strategic partnership with Video Screen Services (VSS) to provide dynamic solutions for virtual productions. Launched in June 2023, Racquet Studios caters to a variety of traditional and virtual productions in its prestigious Devonshire Quarter location. (🇬🇧)

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

Latest global updates in Animation, Visual Effects VFX & Virtual Production

Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!
  • Chinese 3D animation film “Deep Sea” is set to hit theaters nationwide, Directed by Tian Xiaopeng, the animated adventure follows Shenxiu as a family cruise transforms into a vibrant underwater world beneath stormy waters. The film promises an immersive experience, blending family dynamics with a mesmerizing deep-sea journey.  (🇨🇳)
  • The Hunger Games prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” crossed a global box office milestone, nearing $100 million in just three days after its release. (🌐) 
  • Salman Khan’s “Tiger 3” achieves blockbuster success, marking the actor’s biggest opening weekend of his career. The latest installment in YRF’s Spy Universe signals Salman Khan’s comeback in the cinematic realm. (🌐)
  • Recently released on Netflix, “The Railway Men” is a gripping thriller series depicting the aftermath of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in India. The narrative unfolds as four railway personnel risk their lives to assist those affected by this tragic event. (🌐)
  • Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film “Oppenheimer” gets its digital release on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu, and more. Along with streaming the film is also available on 4K Blu-ray DVD which can be purchased from retailers. (🌐)
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