Extra: HBO Max expands in Europe; Quebecor adapting “I’m a Celebrity”

HBO Max launching in more European markets in March WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service will launch in an additional 15 European countries on March 8. The announcement comes months after the ...
February 1, 2022

HBO Max launching in more European markets in March

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service will launch in an additional 15 European countries on March 8. The announcement comes months after the launch of HBO Max in the Nordics and Spain in October 2021.

The 15 countries in the latest rollout are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

HBO Max is currently in 46 territories across the Americas and Europe, with this latest expansion set to increase that count to 61. It’s part of a phased rollout that will reach an additional six European countries later this year, including Greece and Turkey.

“The global rollout of HBO Max continues at pace as we launch the platform in 15 additional European countries, taking us to 61 territories worldwide,” said Johannes Larcher (pictured), head of HBO Max International, in a release. “We are delivering on our strategy to go direct-to-consumer around the world, which, coupled with our beloved content, will give us the scale needed to be one of the top global streaming platforms.”

Quebecor adapting I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! for French Canada

Quebecor Content, a unit of Quebecor Media, has announced that it will premiere the Quebec adaptation of the popular reality series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! this fall.

The French Canadian version of the format is produced by Productions Déferlantes in collaboration with Quebecor Content. The celebrity-focused wilderness adventure show is inspired by the British ITV Studios format that’s already been sold to 15 countries, including France, the UK and Australia.

The series finds popular personalities of all ages and backgrounds roughing it as they compete in a range of challenges that will test their courage and push their physical and mental limits. Details on the stars and host of the Quebec version have yet to be announced.

“After acquiring the blockbuster formats The Voice  and Love Island, Quebecor Content is proud to collaborate once again with ITV Studios. The new acquisition solidifies our partnership with this high-caliber international distributor, as well as our commitment to offering Quebec audiences the best world-class content,” said Yann Paquet, vice president of strategy & international business for Quebecor Content, in a news release. “The addition of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! to our roster of major formats reaffirms our entertainment drawing power, as it generates a renewed sense of excitement among TVA viewers.”

Added Arjan Pomper, managing director of global entertainment for ITV Studios: “It is amazing to see the continuing global expansion of this iconic game show. We have grown from three to 15 countries in the past years, and we are very happy to bring I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! to TVA for the first time.”

GCN+ releases doc on cycling icon, Legend: Alberto Contador 

To mark the beginning of the 2022 road racing season, cycling content platform GCN+ is launching the new documentary Legend: Alberto Contador.

One of the only riders to win the coveted “Triple Crown” in his career, with multiple victories in the Giro Italia, Vuelta Espana and the Tour de France, Contador built his career on his mental strength. The exclusive documentary by Bernie Eisel follows the legendary cyclist in his home town of Pinto, Spain, where he discusses his life after retirement and his storied career, which included his high-profile rivalries, a near-fatal brain condition, scandal, and controversy.

Legend: Alberto Contador joins 100 original cycling-related documentaries created by GCN+, with films being added to the platform each week.

“This film is the latest in the ‘Legend’ series where GCN+ gives racing fans across the world access to the iconic pro racers and influential designers who have defined cycling in the modern era. It was an honor to be invited into Alberto’s world to film this documentary, and we are delighted to be able to bring his story to our subscribers with Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Italian subtitles,” said Mike Rees, production director for GCN+, in a release.

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