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Lupe’s creative burst: Why the US rapper turned content producer

Lupe Fiasco has created a prodco that looks to touch on cultural exchange, artificial intelligence and creativity. Kaltrina Bylykbashi speaks to the musician and his business partner Bonnie Chan Woo Looking at 2018, Lupe Fiasco, the rapper and record producer, is aiming to establish a forward-looking, global production company that incorporates his experiences as a […]

Opinion: tech is game for TV takeover

With analysts this week claiming sports remains the critical factor in pay TV subscriptions, Iain McDonald from Lewis Silkin argues the battle for sports rights offers a glimpse into the future of television. With the arrival of US tech giants onto the scene, television has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade – a […]

In-demand chart: Norway (January 1-7, 2018)

Norway’s latest In-demand chart almost provided an exception to the rule that linear TV originals create more demand than those produced for digital platforms. Netflix’s Stranger Things narrowly missed out on the top spot to The Walking Dead in the overall chart, with Danish-Swedish drama Broen (The Bridge) coming third in an unusual top three. […]

30 years of TBI: The TBI 100 (1994)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. During the early-to-mid 1990s TBI published The TBI 100, a labour of love that ranked the active media and entertainment companies of the day in order of their scale. […]

English Class: French drama

The rise in high-end English-language drama has seen well-financed French producers enter the space, despite the implications of Brexit and growing taste for Gallic shows “Eighty per cent of our slate is English-language,” says Odile McDonald. Nothing unusual about that statement, except it is a Canada-born, French-language drama specialist saying it. McDonald and the other […]

Romper Stomper: the Wright time to revisit history

Geoffrey Wright’s earth-shaking 1992 movie Romper Stomper redefined representations of violence on the big screen, and now the Australian director is bringing the title to TV sets as a drama series for SVOD service Stan. Jesse Whittock meets him to find out why. There’s so much crazy shit going on these days you really can’t […]

A look back at 30 years of TBI history: Rupert Murdoch (1990)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. Our first retrospective is a profile of a younger Rupert Murdoch back in 1990. At this point, the buccaneering executive was still attempting to establish Sky TV as the […]

Writer’s room: Charlie Brooker on designing a Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker can lay claim to creating an entirely new TV genre when he launched Black Mirror on Channel 4 in the UK six years ago, terrifying audiences with scripted tales of technological nightmares. The show is now produced for Netflix, and here Brooker reveals what goes into each programme, which he creates with producer […]

TBI’s top ten stories of 2017

In many ways, 2017 was a landmark year for television and the wider world, with significant changes, good and bad, in both spheres. Here, TBI runs down ten stories that defined the past twelve months. 10. Movers and shakers The big trend last year was the exodus of television executives to lead commissioning teams for […]

Analysis – the next steps for the Digital Single Market reforms

Ingrid Silver from media law firm Reed Smith cast legal eye over why the European Parliament isn’t supporting Digital Single Market proposals and change the core programme distribution. Since May 2015, the European Commission has been driving forward its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The initiative comprises a number of proposed measures intended to promote […]