Opinion


A first-timer’s (re)view of MIPCOM

So Drive made its virgin trip to MIPCOM as a distributor this week; full disclosure, we have been travelling to Cannes as a presales and co-pro agent since 2013, however this market we launched our finished programme catalogue and joined the company of several new distributors in this newly evolved world of rights exploitation. In one sense […]

Distributor to doc producer with the Royal Good Guys

As career moves go, turning documentary producer after 27 years in distribution may seem odd, even risky. Nonetheless, when I got the chance to produce The Royal Good Guys, I leapt at it – and my distribution experience proved invaluable. The film’s initial premise was: “What do the Royals do all day?” It shines a light on the charity work of princes […]

Viewpoint: SVOD’s niche future

What do such disparate brands as CBS All Access, CrunchyRoll, WWE Network and Eros on Demand have in common?  All of these are specialised OTT-delivered SVOD services with over one million subscribers, and are growing fast. Not so long ago, people were still skeptical about Netflix’s future. That time is past, and it’s no longer […]

Rose-tinted spectacle

Jeroen Depraetere, head of television and future media at the European Broadcasting Union, outlines the changing trends in television programming ahead of the annual Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin tomorrow. European television, and especially public service broadcasting, is experiencing exciting times. The business of television as we knew it is no longer. As a matter […]

China formats report

Zig Zag Productions commercial director Matt Graff says China remains television’s final frontier for producers, as new restrictions limit the number of overseas formats the country’s networks can air. ‘China: Episode 4’. This adventure sees me joining my second PACT delegation into China, on my fourth trip to television’s new ‘promised land’. The reason you […]

Viewpoint: Canada – the battle continues

At the end of last year I penned an opinion piece for TBI about the drastic changes that were about to be implemented in the Canadian broadcasting industry and offered some thoughts as to the way forward. Five months down the line there is even more to say, both positive and negative, but there are […]

TBI Formats: Drinking tea with gangsters

Kate Beal, CEO & joint creative director, Woodcut Media Over the years I’ve filmed with hundreds of ‘real’ people including doctors, vicars, vets, firefighters and criminals. Often you couldn’t tell one from another. Other times the apprehension inside can make it patently obvious, especially when you’re a few months’ pregnant, alone and about to head […]

Writer’s Room: Daisy Goodwin

British producer and novellist Daisy Goodwin’s first screenplay is for upcoming ITV and PBS period drama Victoria, which Mammoth Screen is making. Previously, she founded and ran UK factual indie Silver River Productions. At the beginning of 2015 I was writing a novel set in 1870. I was stuck, so to distract myself I picked […]