Discovery Wednesday unveiled a long-term partnership with Saudi telecom’s group’s digital entertainment arm Intigral to provide broadcast and subscription-video-on-demand content to its flagship OTT service, Jawwy TV. The deal gives Jawwy TV subscribers to access to select Discovery content in a Discovery+ branded area on Jawwy. New and existing Jawwy TV subscribers who sign up will be offered 12 months of Discovery+ content on Intigral. Jawwy TV subscribers will also receive seven of Discovery’s international linear channels: Discovery Channel, Fatafeat, TLC, Discovery Family, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery, with more to follow. Once available in region, the parties will collaborate on making the Discovery+ app available to the telecom group’s mobile customer base in KSA, Kuwait and Bahrain. They be offered access to Discovery+ app as an additional value to their existing service, the partners said. Related Story Discovery Passes … [Read more...] about Discovery Inks Long-Term Partnership With Saudi OTT Service Jawwy TV
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EXCLUSIVE : Nevision , the British producer behind shows including BBC drama Keeping Faith , has signed an exclusive development deal with writer Jeff Murphy to create high-end scripted projects for the global market. Murphy has written on Welsh series including Hinterland and Hidden , while his feature Denmark , starring Rafe Spall, was released in 2019. He will create his own ideas for Nevision, as well as helping develop the firm’s slate of feature films and series. Nevision detailed a number of projects already in the pipeline: The Furies, a supernatural police procedural with elements of horror, which is in the works with Hidden creator and showrunner Mark Andrew. Moifaa , a family movie about New Zealand’s first sporting hero, is also on the way. Both are being developed in association with Kiwi producer Pukeko Pictures. Also in development with Murphy is Saul (working title), a profound and emotional series that throws together a reluctant … [Read more...] about ‘Keeping Faith’ Co-Producer Nevision Signs Exclusive Deal With ‘Hinterland’ Writer Jeff Murphy
YouTube , which has faced fierce criticism for allowing inappropriate content into its dedicated kids area, is adding new controls designed to help parents monitor viewing by tweens and teens. In a blog post, James Beser, director of product management, kids and family, described the initiative as “a new choice” for parents. It will launch in beta in the next several months. In 2015, the Google-owned video operation created YouTube Kids, which was designed as a protected arena for users under 13. It now attracts more than 35 million viewers a week in 80 countries. Like social media companies, YouTube has always maintained that it is meant to be for viewers aged 13 and up, so its efforts to safeguard young users, whose access exploded with the rise of sophisticated mobile devices, started a decade after the company’s founding. Related Story Disney Plus Launches Star, A Streaming Outlet With More Grown-Up Fare, In Europe And Other Global Territories Reports in … [Read more...] about YouTube Adds New Controls For Parents Monitoring Tween And Teen Viewing
Hank Azaria says he’s “willing and happy” to step aside as the voice of Apu on The Simpsons , or to help transition the character into “something new,” calling it “the right thing to do, to me.” Appearing on Stephen Colbert ’s Late Show , Azaria threw out the possibility of killing off Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, one of 20-30 regular characters he says he’s voiced on the long-running animated Fox series. He’d like to see an Indian-American writer added to the show, “genuinely informing whatever new direction this character make take, including how it is voice – or not voiced,” he said. Comedian Hari Kondabolu , whose truTV documentary The Problem with Apu trigged a lot of talk on the topic when it debuted last November, tweeted thanks to Azaria, then re-tweeted thanks of others: Related Story 'The Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Says He "Didn't Have A Problem" With White Actors Voicing Non-White Characters Thank you, @HankAzaria . I appreciate … [Read more...] about Hank Azaria Says He’s OK Scrapping ‘The Simpsons’ Apu; Critics Tweet Thanks
Play video content EXCLUSIVE TMZSports.com If President Donald Trump decides to take a last minute trip to the Super Bowl -- don't expect Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey to lead the welcoming party! For those unfamiliar ... 36-year-old Frey has made headlines for speaking his mind -- most recently when he made a video in which he asked if the city was really welcoming "f**king Eagles" fans to Minnesota. So we asked if he would welcome Trump, too ... the answer? Not so much. Frey did, however, say his dream celebrity meet-and-greet would be Snoop Dogg -- saying a Gin and Juice session with the rapper is on his bucket list! ... Unless Snoop suddenly becomes an Eagles fan. Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, sends a warm welcome to the NFL and their fans ... well, almost everyone (sorry, Eagles fans) pic.twitter.com/u6E7TIswgw @theMMQB … [Read more...] about Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey: Trump at the Super Bowl? I’m Not a Fan.