It’s a little over two weeks into the new year and OTT services are making a buzz.
This morning, Amazon Studios announced a new overall deal with Sharon Horgan, the creator of the British comedy “Catastrophe.” The Emmy-nominated creator, which signed a two-year deal with the studio, is also responsible for HBO’s “Divorce” and co-creator of the British comedy series “Motherland.”
“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon Studios’ head of scripted series
In addition to her personal deal, Horgan and co-founder Clelia Mountford’s entertainment company, Merman, also signed a deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon will get first-look rights to Merman concepts and remake rights to Merman-produced television series.
Netflix isn’t just dominating U.S. award shows. Today it was announced that the streaming giant’s “Anne With an E” has locked down 13 nominations for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. The series, which will compete for best TV drama against Lifetime’s “Mary Kills People,” History’s “Vikings,” and WGN America’s “Pure,” is produced out of Canada and airs on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
The streaming giant’s mini-series “Alias Grace” received 11 nominations.
Netflix wasn’t the only U.S. streaming service to nab a few nominations. Hulu’s “Cardinal,” a murder mystery drama, grabbed 12 nominations for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.
Additionally, the streaming company announced a new series from George Clooney Yesterday. “Catch-22,” adapted from the classic Joseph Heller novel of the same name, will have Clooney both co-directing and starring, with Luke Davies writing the script, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu.
Today, BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, inked a licensing deal with All3media International. The new deal will bring nearly 300 hours of content to the service, including popular detective series “Midsomer Murders.”
“We’re very pleased to announce this significant new deal with BritBox, which will see a wide range of premium, primetime content available on BritBox for the fans of British programming in the U.S.,” said Maria Ishak, vp sales North America at All3media International.
Other shows covered by the deal include “The Village,” from Peter Moffat (“The Night Of,” “Criminal Justice”); “Justice,” starring Robert Pugh (“Game of Thrones”); the British comedy “Bucket;” and “Marley’s Ghosts,” a comedy about a woman who can see and speak to a trio of ghosts.