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TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

Channel 5 orders list of BBC Studios shows

BBC Studios has secured three commissions from Viacom’s Channel 5 in a deal announced today. Two of the three commissions will come from BBC Studio’s factual department in London. Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat, plus a three-part presenter-led series on the Bermuda Triangle. Both projects will be executive produced by creative director, Lisa Ausden, and […]

Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

Channel 5 to launch premium linear channel

Viacom’s UK broadcaster, Channel 5, will launch a “premium channel” focused on high-end factual, documentaries and drama early next year. 5Prime will launch on January 16, 2018 on all broadcast platforms in the UK, replacing the existing My5 TV network. The My5 brand will remain as Channel 5’s on-demand service, which is distributed through all […]

Neighbours getting Turkish remake at Fox

Australian daily soap Neighbours is being remade for the first time in its 32-year history. Turkish network Fox has ordered a local version of the drama following a deal with distributor FremantleMedia International. The original has been consistently broadcast in Australia and the UK for decades, with the first episode appearing down under on Network […]

Viacom backs UK prodco Banjo

Viacom is supporting a new UK-based production company, Banjo Television. The comes through Viacom-owned Elephant House Studios, which is the in-house production arm of Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5. This marks marks the first time Elephant House has financially supported an indie, and it has an option to take a minority stake in the prodco. […]

YouGov: ‘death of TV’ is a misnomer

The ‘death of TV’ is a misnomer with overall TV viewing figures fairly steady, despite fragmentation in the market, according to YouGov. The research firm’s new ‘Broadcast to Narrowcast’ report claims that the average number of TV minutes watched per day in the UK between 2006 and 2016 was 251.6 minutes. In 2016 it was […]

Netflix, Amazon take UK int’l prod spend to £468m

UK production companies made £468 million (US$606.7 million) in commissions from international broadcasters and SVOD services between 2015 and 2016, according to data from a new census. A new report released this morning showed a 5.3% increase in what UK indie producers body Pact terms as ‘primary international commissions’, a figure in part driven by […]

Channel 5 VOD service starts Blaze with A+E

Channel 5 (C5)’s video on demand service, My5, will now offer content from free-to-air entertainment channel Blaze, which is part of A+E Networks UK. This marks the first time a commercial public service broadcaster has provided a branded presence from outside its network on its on-demand platform, according to C5. My5 viewers can access a […]

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