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TBI Weekly: Facebook’s traditional values gnaw at NATPE crowd

This week, Facebook made a good fist of appearing far more like a broadcaster than it would hope. The social media giant’s head of global creative strategy (head of video to you and me), Ricky van Veen, rankled some delegates in the audience of his keynote presentation at NATPE and drew praise from others. While […]

NATPE: Facebook orders shows from Bear Grylls & Blumhouse TV

Facebook’s growing ambitions for its Watch video service have expanded with the commission of original shows from the likes of Bear Grylls and Blumhouse Television. During a keynote session here in sunny Miami on the first day of NATPE, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy, Ricky van Veen, also unveiled an unscripted show from viral […]

Facebook to demote videos to encourage ‘meaningful interactions’

Facebook is changing its news feed to focus more on “personal connections” in a move that will de-prioritise posts from businesses, brands and media. Announcing the decision in a post on the social network, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has always put friends and family at the core of the experience, but that […]

Ovum: Amazon to make more video revenue than Netflix in 2018

Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions. The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue […]

Disney resumes Fox takeover talks – report

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly reopened talks with Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox over the latter’s entertainment assets. News Disney had first gone in for Fox’s TV and film businesses emerged early last month, but those negotiations led to nothing. Disney is known to be in acquisitive mood ahead of the launch of […]

‘FAANG effect’ creating UK production shortages

Research by Creative Skillset (CS), the industry skills body for the screen-based creative industries in the UK, shows that the boom in quality television caused by FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) may lead to a production talent shortage. While the UK production sector is enjoying a boom, driven by recent SVOD demand and […]

Amazon ‘developing free VOD service’

Amazon could be getting in on the free VOD space in order to build out its advertising business. Ad Age has reported that Amazon is developing a free-advertising-supported offering to complement its Prime Video subscription video-on-demand service. According to the report, Amazon is in talks with TV network, movie studios and other media companies about […]

GroupM: young will ‘erode TV viewing’ as they age

Growing older no longer increases television viewing time, according to GroupM’s ‘The State of Video’ report. The WPP-owned advertising media giant calculated that Generation Y (those born between the early 1980s and mid-90s) and Generation Z (birthdates roughly between 1995-2014) will “erode viewing” to the equivalent of about one percentage point a year over the […]

Analysis: why would Fox sell to Disney?

Yesterday, it emerged 21st Century Fox had held talks to sell much of its business to The Walt Disney Company. The questions are why, and why now. According to CNBC, the negotiations took place over the past few weeks, but have stopped for the time being. They could resume at any point, as the discussions […]

Facebook wants focus on communities, not consumption

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He […]

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