Amazon Prime Video has set a premiere date for its newest Indian original series. Breathe, a psychological drama focused on a Mumbai cop, will debut in India and 200 other territories on January 26.The series, which stars popular Indian actor Amit Sadh, is only the second Indian original from Amazon. Inside Edge, a drama series about a fictional cricket team, debuted in July.
Chinese eSports startup Chushou TV just raised around $120 million in Series D funding – and much of the money came from Google. Google’s exact contribution to the round wasn’t made public, but according to reports from Chinese media, the figure sat at about $77 million. Google’s involvement in the round is particularly notable given that the tech giant – which doesn’t currently operate any of its core businesses in China – almost never reaches investment deals in the country. (This is only the second time it’s happened.) Chushou TV was founded in 2015. The company operates a platform that allows users to live-stream mobile phone-based gaming.
Will Smith has launched his own YouTube channel. The actor quietly uploaded his first YouTube video last month, and has since added two more. In his newest video, Smith discusses the international press tour for Bright, his recently-debuted Netflix film. (Among other things, he also mentions his love of Indian food and relays a funny anecdote that involves Tom Cruise.) So far, the channel has about 68 thousand subscribers.
CYNOPSIS SHORT FORM VIDEO FESTIVAL
During our Short Form Video Fest on March 7 at the SVA Theater in NYC, we’ll host thought-provoking panels (on how to build an effective distribution strategy and more), share incredible video content during our awards program, and celebrate winners and runners up with snacks & libations. Register to attend here.
Jimmy Iovine is saying goodbye to Apple Music. A long-time music producer known for co-founding Interscope Records, Iovine will reportedly leave the service in August, once his shares in Apple have fully vested. Hits Daily Double and Billboard both reported the news. Iovine first joined Apple in 2014; that’s when the company acquired Beats, the headphone company that Iovine co-founded with hip-hop artist Dr. Dre. Apple has never revealed Iovine’s exact title; he’s believed to have been a sort of dealmaker, collaborating with record labels and working to bring original radio shows and exclusives to the service.
Apple’s isn’t the only music service that’s losing a top exec. Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer, is leaving the company. He’d been with the Sweden-based music giant for just over three years. In 2017, he oversaw the renewal of Spotify’s licensing deals with the three major music labels, along with the independent label collective Merlin. His departure was first reported by Recode, and later confirmed by Spotify. The timing of Blom’s departure is a bit surprising: It comes just ahead of Spotify’s upcoming public offering, which is expected in the first quarter of 2018.
UPCOMING DIGITAL PROGRAMMING
… for the week of Monday, January 8, through Sunday, January 14
– People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30 AM ET and 11:30 AM ET.
– Netflix: Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up, a new comedy special, debuts Wednesday, January 10
– Netflix: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, a new monthly talk series, debuts Friday, January 12 with former President Barack Obama as guest
– Netflix: Comedy series Disjointed returns on Friday, January 12
– Netflix: The Polka King, a new original comedy film starring Jack Black and Jenny Slate, debuts Friday, January 12
– Netflix: Food-oriented travel series Somebody Feed Phil (formerly known as I’ll Have What Phil’s Having) moves from PBS to Netflix for its second season; episodes debut Friday, January 12
– Netflix: Tom Segura: Disgraceful, a new comedy special, debuts Friday, January 12
– Amazon Video: Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a new ten-episode sci-fi anthology series, debuts Friday, January 12
Justin Simien created which Netflix series? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Our Last Trivia Question: Which musical theater star played Princess Ariel in the original Broadway cast of The Little Mermaid? Answer: Sierra Boggess. Kudos to Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Courtney Thomasma-BBC America/NY, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, and Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA