Opinion


Viewpoint: ignore Asia at your peril

Amanda Groom from coproduction specialist The Bridge assesses the state of the Asian market for international companies, and asks if anyone can ignore working in the region ahead of the Asia TV Forum & Market this week. This year’s MIPCOM was proof – if needed – of Asia’s unprecedented interest in global relationships and collaboration. […]

House moves are killing the basic pay bundle

Ahead of his keynote at Informa’s OTTtv World Summit tomorrow in London, former AMC Networks, MGM and Nickelodeon executive Bruce Tuchman argues that consumer behaviour – and people moving houses – is killing the basic cable bundle in the US. A year ago, there were still several industry prognosticators who sincerely and ardently expressed their […]

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 […]

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 […]

Australia should look to Canada for Netflix solution

Chris Hilton from Essential Media and Entertainment argues Australia could do worse than look at Canada’s production deal with Netflix in order make a fairer playing field for producers and broadcasters. Australia is a relatively small film and TV production market, which is why, in order to grow Essential Media and Entertainment, I established joint […]

The importance of knowing your history

Adam Jacobs of UK indie Woodcut Media argues the history programming is rediscovering its mojo, and will soon be the programming of the moment again. History has always been a popular genre within non-scripted schedules. Whether it’s the study of conflicts such as World War II or the weaponry used by troops during battle over […]

Feel-good programming is needed in our crazy world

Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron explores why feel-good titles from This is Us to Pay it Forward have been big hitters during a tough global political climate. Trump, Kim Jong-un, Brexit, Syria, terrorist attacks, the Las Vegas mass shooting, the Mexico City earthquake and hurricanes Irma and Maria: these are just a few of biggest news […]

Viewpoint: A Romper Stomper route to television

Film director Geoffrey Wright explains the process of how his cult Australian feature film Romper Stomper transferred from the big screen in the early 1990s to subscription video-on-demand in 2017 as a Stan original drama series that DCD Rights will be selling at market. It was around September of 2016 that John and Dan Edwards […]

Television can help the aged

Red Arrow International’s head of non-scripted, Harry Gamsu, discusses TV’s role in the health and well-being of an ageing population. Social experiment formats always seem to garner the headlines. In taking a subject that is relevant and resonant, and digging deep to explore it from the inside, these shows can reveal much about the current […]

Viewpoint: Game of Thrones and the art of the modern opener

With the latest season of HBO’s Game of Thrones almost upon us, the first thing many fans will be anticipating is the show’s opening credits. Such is the power of the modern opener that, regardless of whether you’ve been bitten by the GOT bug, you’ll certainly be aware the series boasts an Emmy-winning title sequence […]

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