Extra: HBO cancels ‘Greenlight,’ HGTV to debut in MENA

In today's 'Extra,' Matt Damon confirms that HBO will not renew Project Greenlight (pictured) and Qatar-based beIN prepares to roll out HGTV and Travel across the Middle East and North Africa.
July 27, 2016

HBO is not renewing Damon and Affleck’s “Project Greenlight”

HBO is not picking up Project Greenlight (pictured) for a fifth season. Executive producer Matt Damon confirmed the news in an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday (July 26), saying that he and fellow EP Ben Affleck would shop the show to streaming services. “I’m not one to question [HBO's programming]. They do such a great job. But we have to take it out again,” he said. “There are places where I think we could do really well.”

The show, which aired on HBO in 2001 and 2003, follows a first-time director who must take a project from pre-production to final product. It later aired on Bravo before HBO renewed it in 2014. The most recent season aired last fall and was produced by Adaptive Studios, Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films and Miramax.

“When we picked up a new season in 2014, we imagined a one season revival and decided in early 2016 another season did not make sense for us,” an HBO rep said in a statement. “We are proud of the show and were pleased with its run throughout the years.”

HGTV to make debut in Middle East and North Africa via Qatar’s beIN

Qatar-based BeIN will begin carrying Scripps Networks Interactive-owned HGTV and Travel Channel across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The pay-TV platform will roll out Travel, which is already available in the region via other outlets, on August 1. Programs will include House Hunters International, Delicious Destinations and Expedition Unknown. Meanwhile, BeIN will become the first MENA outlet to offer HGTV when it debuts on November 2. Its programming will include Listed Sisters, Tiny House Hunters, Love It Or List It and Property Brothers. BeIN launched last November and carries around 70 multi-genre channels.

Dogwoof inks distribution deal with European streaming service

London-based distributor Dogwoof has signed a deal with Barcelona-based video-on-demand service to stream back catalog titles as well as new releases such as Michael Moore’s latest doc, Where to Invade Next. Wuaki’s catalog already includes TV series and movies from studios such as Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers as well as indie distributors and labels. It is available in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

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