Sébastien JaninOTT video-on-demand provider Wuaki.tv has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development. Janin has worked for iTunes , where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he has headed up iTunes’ international independent film business, securing day and date releases for movies across European countries. Before the joined Apple, Janin spent 12 years as vice-president of home entertainment at Studiocanal.Wuaki.tv has set a target of being available in 10 European contreis by the end of this year. The service launched in Italy in February and plans to roll out in Ireland and Austria in the second quarter.“Our European rollout is the key factor in this year’s plans for Wuaki.tv. We’re determined to bring our consumer friendly, video-on-demand service to everyone. However, we recognise that in order to do this we need to bring experienced people into the Wuaki.tv family. The hire of Sébastien reinforces Wuaki.tv’s commitment to enhancing our team with passionate executives who share our vision of delivering on demand, quality home entertainment to homes and mobile devices across Europe. We’re delighted to have him on-board and look forward to celebrating his successes internationally,” said Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv.
BBC Worldwide has signed deals to broadcast a branded block of BBC Earth content via public broadcaster VRT in Flanders, Belgium, and on Canal+ 1 in Spain.The factual content block will be available in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium on the public channel Eén from this autumn. The block on Canal+ 1 in Spain is live now.“I am incredibly proud that audiences in Spain, through Canal+ and Flanders, through VRT, will now have a dedicated place for our BBC Earth content, featuring territory premieres of some of the best natural history and premium factual content anywhere in the world,” said Tobi de Graaff, executive vice-president, Western Europe, BBC Worldwide.“It is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest-quality content and the BBC Earth brand to wider audiences across Western Europe and securing these BBC Earth blocks highlights our long-standing partners’ commitment to our programming.”BBC Worldwide launched BBC Earth as a linear TV channel in a number of European countries this year, starting with Poland in February. It has since launched in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, as well as Romania and Turkey.
Twitter has agreed a new multiyear deal to bring videogame highlights and livestream content of the Overwatch League to the platform.OverwatchStarting in Overwatch League’s 2019 season, a weekly preview show covering upcoming Overwatch League matches, will be streamed live on Twitter via the Overwatch League’s account.Twitter will also host “near-real-time” highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend.“From the inception of the Overwatch League, the community on Twitter has always been one of our most passionate and engaged,” said Daniel Cherry, vice president and chief marketing officer for Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues.“That’s why we are particularly excited to announce this collaboration, beginning with the Overwatch League’s All-Star Weekend.”Twitter’s head of gaming partnerships, Rishi Chadha, said: “Twitter is where Overwatch League conversations happen and we’re thrilled to bring more content to the platform for several years.”The Overwatch League is a global professional eSports league with teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch was created by games publisher Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard.