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Paramount importance

The US’s newest general entertainment station, the Paramount Network, launches in January 2018. Jesse Whittock hears how channel president Kevin Kay plans to change cable with premium originals and unscripted hits for a broad audience. There’s no better way to better encapsulate Viacom’s strategy change under Bob Bakish than to look at the creation and […]

In-demand chart: Netherlands (October 23-29, 2017)

Our latest chart throws up a surprise, considering the amount of marketing, social media posts and office chatter around Stranger Things: the Netherlands still prefers Game of Thrones. The HBO fantasy epic pipped its rival to top overall spot last week, with its 3.1 million average demand expressions just out-scoring the 3.03 million Stranger Things […]

VIDEO: Content Innovation Awards 2017 – share the experience

Over 200 invitees gathered in the Grand Salon at the iconic Carlton Hotel in Cannes to discover the winners of the third annual Content Innovation Awards organised by Television Business International (TBI) and Digital TV Europe. Share their experience of the night by viewing highlights here.

A Gutsy take on the Moomins

Former FremantleMedia Finland and Friday TV chief Marika Makaroff has landed rights to Scandinavian kids property the Moomins through new prodco, Gutsy Animation. She tells Jesse Whittock about rebooting Tove Jansson’s characters for a family audience. While there’s been no shortage of brand refreshes and character updates in kids and family entertainment in recent years, […]

Digital giants: the content wars begin

Netflix and Amazon’s content investments have rocked the television business to its foundations, but can the real titans of tech – Facebook, Apple and their kin – usurp them and win the war for audiences of the future? TBI reports Twenty-eighteen will provide the backdrop to an onslaught into the international content business. While Netflix […]

In-demand chart: France (October 9-15, 2017)

  This week saw The Walking Dead rise to the top of our latest In-demand chart, this time covering France, due to a crossover event between the show and its companion series Fear the Walking Dead and increasing anticipation over the zombie drama’s eighth season. The event saw the announcement that a character would move between the […]

To boldly go… to MIPCOM

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, offers his thoughts on the latest MIPCOM. As we strapped ourselves in for another journey into the unknown of Cannes at MIPCOM one thing we knew for sure is that there were new stars in the ascendency such as Amazon and Netflix and as-yet unreached far flung galaxies […]

Fighting the pirates

Illegal downloads and streams are directly impacting the TV business, but how far are they changing the distribution models of tomorrow, and what can be done to stop the flow? Robert Shepherd reports The global TV industry has always faced major challenges. Whether it was uncertainty surrounding digital switchover, the ongoing lack of diversity on […]

Who to meet in Cannes: Katrina Neylon, FremantleMedia

Name: Katrina Neylon; Company: FremantleMedia International Katrina Neylon joined FremantleMedia International (FMI) as global content head in September after two years at Studiocanal, in effect replacing former Shine International colleague Georgia Brown, who left for Amazon Studios over the summer. Neylon joined the company four weeks before MIPCOM, an unenviable task when working for a […]

TBI Distributors Survey 2017 – the overview

James Duffen from digital distribution platform TRX assesses what lessons can be taken from our latest Distributors Survey. The themes highlighted in the TBI Distribution Survey can be summarised in two words: cautious optimism. This sentiment has been echoed in our experience with distributors. Over the last year, we’ve been beta-testing TRX, the online deal-making […]