Peacock releases more European rollout details
NBCUniversal has released more details about its plan to roll out Peacock content across Sky territories in Europe.
The European rollout of NBCUniversal’s streaming platform will begin with a soft launch in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday (Nov. 16). Sky TV customers and NOW Entertainment members in these markets will receive early access to a new Peacock destination at no additional cost.
“The introduction of Peacock content on Sky and NOW will expand the incredible line-up available to all our customers, giving them access to even more of the best entertainment from our partners at NBCUniversal,” said Zai Bennett, managing director, content with Sky UK and Ireland, in a news release.
Peacock will continue to roll out across Sky platforms in territories including Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland in the coming months. The rollout plans should make Peacock available to nearly 20 million Sky customers across Europe in total.
The agreement with Sky marks Peacock’s first international expansion since its U.S. launch in 2020.
Netflix renews Joe Berlinger’s Crime Scene
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (pictured) has signed an agreement with Netflix to renew his Crime Scene docuseries for three more seasons.
Berlinger is a renowned director of true-crime films, known for past works including Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost. He’s worked with Netflix in the past on titles such as Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which he created and directed, and Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which he executive produced.
Earlier this year, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, a series from Imagine Documentaries and RadicalMedia, premiered on Netflix as Berlinger’s latest title for the streaming platform. The series covers the death of Elisa Lam in 2013 at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.
The three-episode second season, premiering Dec. 29, is titled Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer. It will examine the dangerous climate of New York City’s Times Square in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which made it possible for one man to commit a series of murders.
Berlinger and his team are working on a third and fourth season of the series for Netflix, as well as a previously announced docuseries about the rise and fall of American financier and ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.
“We always saw potential for Crime Scene to be an ongoing series about how certain locations became accomplices to crimes that took place there. Now, as part of our deepening creative partnership with Joe and on the heels of the high interest in season one, we are pleased to renew the series for three additional seasons — each tackling a new location with a dark past,” said Adam Del Deo, Netflix VP of documentary series, in a blog post announcing the series’ extension.
Crime Scene will continue to be produced by Imagine Documentaries and RadicalMedia, in association with Berlinger’s Third Eye Motion Picture Company.
Jarowskij to produce Climate Bootcamp series
Swedish prodco Jarowskij, part of Banijay Nordic, will produce Climate Bootcamp (6 x 28 minutes) for broadcast on SVT and UR, the Swedish Educational Broadcasting company.
The series follows a group of celebrities addressing the aspects of their lives that are having the most detrimental impact on the planet. This could be travel, consumption or even their attitudes. The group will attend a camp to retrain themselves and better understand why they should change. The series will then cover the celebrities maintaining these lessons in their everyday lives.
“Protecting our planet for future generations is incredibly important to us and in the midst of the COP26 conversation, the world’s attention is on the climate emergency,” said Iréne Lindblad, Jarowskij CEO, in a news release. “The amazing talent associated with Climate Bootcamp highlight the small changes the individual can make and is just one example of the importance Banijay and its labels are placing on positive change.”
“Climate Bootcamp is part of our commitment to educating and inspiring Swedish audiences of all ages to be more sustainable – from young children wanting to learn about nature and how to take care of our planet, to grown-ups struggling with anxiety around climate change. Our belief and ambition is that this show will give the audience the knowledge, support and hope they need to start to change their everyday life for the better,” Margretha Eriksson, UR Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company program director, added.