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The week in OTT: Apple wins Emmy for 'Carpool Karaoke;' Netflix adds new content

The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to streaming initiatives in the U.S. from various networks and platforms.

* Apple Inc. won a Primetime Emmy award for Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, reported Sept. 9. The series was named Outstanding Short Form Variety Series at the event.

* Netflix Inc. has picked up rights to "Lionheart," the company's first original film from Nigeria, according to a Sept. 7 news release. The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8, is about the challenges of running a company by a woman in a male-dominated industry.

* Netflix will premiere a third season of the original series "Designated Survivor" globally in 2019. The political drama starring Kiefer Sutherland will feature 10 episodes, according to a Sept. 5 news release.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming company ordered a stand-up comedy special featuring comedian Wanda Sykes. The hour-long special, which will be Sykes' fifth stand-up special and first on Netflix, will launch globally in 2019, the company said Sept. 5.

* World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s in-ring series, "Mixed Match Challenge," will return for a second season on Facebook Inc.'s Watch platform, according to a Sept. 4 news release. Starting Sept. 18, Facebook Watch will exclusively livestream the series. The series will be available in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.

* Inc. premiered the unscripted series "Pistorius" on Sept. 6, Multichannel News reported, citing a company statement. The four-part series is about South African Paralympic and Olympics sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

* Henry Cavill has joined the cast of Netflix series based on "The Witcher" fantasy franchise. Cavill will play the lead role of Geralt of Rivia in the series, the company said Sept. 4. The series will feature eight episodes.

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