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Discovery Networks International’s Mark Hollinger talks to DTVE about his strategy for growth and the development of new services, and about new opportunities in the CEE region.
Rob SalterVideo-on-demand aggregator Vubiquity is planning to launch a retail product that will allow consumers to buy digital content, initially movies, in high-street retail outlets in multiple markets.Vubiquity said it is discussion with multiple retailers in a number of different territories about the plan, which would mark its first move into the retail digital space.Vubiquity has hired Rob Salter, formerly CEO of home entertainment supply chain specialist Reverbz Media, to head up the new initiative as vice-president of retail. Vubiquity will use Reverbz to provide the physical supply chain for the service in the retail environment, while Vubiquity will provide digital content services, including content licensing, processing for multiplatform viewing, metadata management, and digital distribution.Vubiquity said the product would enable consumer to purchase digital movies in retail outlets, often weeks before they are available on DVD, Blu-ray or VoD.“We are delighted to have brought Rob to the Vubiquity team. Together we bring a wealth of retail and supply chain management experience giving the credibility to our customers to help shape and deliver these exciting new retail services. We will provide a range of fully integrated, end-to-end services that are very compelling for retailers, content owners and consumers alike,” said Nick Ruczaj, SVP Commercial EMEA at Vubiquity.“Vubiquity has the scale and resources to support the digital retail experience that the market has been calling for a response to for the last 12 months. We are excited to be moving into the delivery phase.”Salter said: “I am thrilled to be working with Vubiquity. We see an excellent opportunity to grow significant business in this channel. Retailers have driven the growth of home entertainment and the building of personal video collections since the first VHS tapes in the mid-1980s. We believe retailers will continue to be a key part of the future of selling video in the digital age. Vubiquity wants to support retailers’ ambitions to go on selling content to their customers in disc form, and also help them go beyond the disc into digital ownership and consumption.”
Stranger ThingsStreaming service Netflix has ordered a pair of tween-skewed scripted series, on of which comes from CBBC, a Bill Nye talk show and a second season of summer hit Stranger Things.The tween series are an untitled Horse Mystery project and one based on Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch novels, both of which are billed as featuring “tenacious girls” in coming-of-age stories.The Horse Mystery show will be set on a beautiful island off the coast of England and follows an American girl who befriends a dangerous horse and realises a thrilling mystery is unravelling around her. Jaylen Barron (Good Luck Charlie) stars as the lead character, Zoe.Rebecca Hodgson, Kate Little and Claire Poyser executive produce, with Paul Norton Walker (Shameless) directing the ten-part series.All3Media-owned UK prodco Lime Pictures is attached to produce ahead of a 2017 launch date in all Netflix territories.Also coming in the same year is The Worst Witch, which will feature the clumsy Mildred Hubble character and her adventures as a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy For Witches.Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) stars in the twelve-part series.CBBC Productions is producing in collaboration with Germany’s ZDF and its commercial arm, ZDF Enterprises and Netflix. In the UK and Germany, the series will debut on the respective pubcasters before being made available on Netflix.Bill Nye Saves the World, meanwhile, will be talk show set for spring 2017. Scientist, inventor and comedian Nye will in each episode tackle a topic from a scientific point of views to dispel myths espoused by political leaders, religious leaders and industry titans.This will be his first role on television since the 1990s series he created, Bill Nye the Science Guy, which ran for five seasons.“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Nye.“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”Bunim/Murray Productions, which yesterday made a series of management promotions and hires, is producing for Netflix. Gil Goldschein and Julie Pizzi executive produce, alongside Michael Naidus (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), who will also executive produce.In further Netflix programming news, the SVOD service has renewed Stranger Thingsfor a second season.The first season has become one of the most talked-about series in the world, with it recently becoming the most in-demand programme in the UK.Writer/creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return for the second run, with 21 Laps producing and Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and the Duffer brothers executive producing.