HBO to step up original programming

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HBO is planning to increase its number of original titles, by 50% to nearly 600 hours.

HBO invests $2 billion in programming, half of it in original TV and movies and the other half used to license films. They include such titles as Game of Thrones, Veep, Vinyl, Girls, Togetherness, The Leftovers, Animals and Silicon Valley.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told investors this week a daily news series from Vice Media and shows from Jon Stewart were “aimed at millennials” and will play well on mobile devices.

Referring also to the Warner Bros. division of theatrical films he noted, “It’s going to be another record year.

“We’ve got a big slate of new franchise films coming out and, as we all have seen, big tentpole global franchises have a bigger share of box office.”

Source: Variety

One Comment:

  1. HBO is certainly a front runner showing the potential of non FTA programming and especially the money available to keep a good catalogue of big budget drama on our screens (if you’re a subscriber).
    Most likely FTA are not quacking in their boots yet but looking forward it would seem that a fair amount of quality drama not likely to be seen on FTA will need to be paid for. There’s going to be interest how Foxtel will fill the gaps if HBO starts it’s own service.

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