Buyers Briefing


Analysis: Will ITV get its way on UK retransmission fees?

ITV says the wider industry will back its aggressive to push to get the UK’s pay TV platforms to adopt a system similar to the US and pay to carry the territory’s terrestrial broadcasters, but analysts have suggested the fight will not be an easy one, reports Jesse Whittock. ITV CEO Adam Crozier was bullish […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Mandy Roger, Pana TV

Name: Mandy Roger Title: VP, content acquisitions, Pana TV Mandy Roger leads TV programming and film acquisitions for Pana TV, a new African content-focused video-on-demand service. The former MNet buyer joined the company last year ahead of launch, and has previously worked for the BBC and Disney.   TBI: Tell us about the business, where […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Hulu joins an exclusive club

Earlier this year, American streaming service Hulu sold its Japanese VOD platform and effectively exited the international on-demand business, leaving Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Wuaki and others to fight territory-by-territory battles for over-the-top supremacy. The broadcaster-backed service instead sees its future as a strong US free-VOD and SVOD platform that provides a wealth of shows from […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Victoria Jaye, BBC iPlayer

Name: Victoria Jaye Title: Head of TV content, BBC iPlayer Victoria Jaye has been leading the BBC’s online commissioning efforts since 2011. She has recently spearheaded a push into original drama and comedy as the UK pubcaster prepares for life youth-skewed channel BBC Three. Though in the middle of its cost-saving Delivery Quality First strategy, […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: The true value of MCNs

Buying YouTube multichannel operators is the trend of the moment, but do those leading the takeover charge actually know what they are acquiring? This week, seasoned media reporter Peter Kafta revealed that Peter Chernin’s media group and US telco AT&T are set to buy leading multichannel network Fullscreen. No major surprise there – the Chernin […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Lena Glaser, SVT

Name: Lena Glaser Title: Director of interactive, SVT Lena Glaser oversees programming SVT’s successful online channels operations. These include on-demand service SVT Play and new over-the-top online ‘playlist’ service SVT Flow. Here, she tells the Buyers Briefing about the Swedish pubcaster’s experiences in digital programming and catering for online audiences.   Tell us about the […]

Buyers Briefing news analysis: what Amazon can learn from Netflix

Amazon Prime Instant Video took a page out of Netflix’s play book this week when it became apparent it would launch all episodes of one of its upcoming scripted series simultaneously. Could the move mean the streaming service will start launching all of its shows in this way and does Transparent offer a clear opportunity […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Will Ennett, TalkTalk

Name: Will Ennett Title: Head of pay TV content, TalkTalk Former Blinkbox and Viasat buyer Will Ennett joined UK telco TalkTalk a year ago as head of pay TV content, a role that sees him strike deals for the TalkTalk TV pay service, which is available through internet TV service YouView. He becomes the first […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: news digest

As part of our new weekly Buyers Briefing feature, we run down the biggest news in the sector that best reflects our interviewee’s focus. This week, we look at the goings on in digital video after our chat with TalkTalk’s Will Ennett. Upcoming themed areas will include western European pay TV channels and Asian networks. […]

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