Reports


TBI Weekly: Foxcatcher – will the Murdoch empire sell?

November has been dominated by headlines about the future of 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch dynasty. Yesterday, US reports claimed NBCUniversal owner Comcast was attempting to buy the Fox entertainment and international assets (minus the Fox broadcast network and news cable channels). The Walt Disney Company is believed to have held talks over a […]

TBI Weekly: the Mouse chases the Fox

It was revealed this week that Fox has been in talks with Disney about selling some of its content assets to the Mouse House. Fox would put most of its entertainment business on the table, including the Hollywood studio, FX and National Geographic, its stake in European satcaster Sky and Indian pay TV business Star. But, why […]

Viewer demand: Blue Planet II vs Planet Earth II

After Blue Planet II’s record breaking ratings for its premiere, is it fair to say that the series is already more popular than its predecessor? Parrot Analytics exclusively analyses the stats for TBI. Blue Planet II’s premiere ratings were higher than its predecssor Planet Earth II’s ratings a year ago. Blue Planet drew in 14.1 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who to meet in Cannes: David Mortimer, Tinopolis

Name: David Mortimer; Company: Tinopolis Former NBCUniversal International unscripted chief David Mortimer heads into his first MIPCOM with transatlantic production and distribution company Tinopolis Group with mechanised robots on his mind. Tinopolis’s sales division, Passion Distribution, has significant expectations BBC Two tech combat series Robot Wars is about to go truly international after its return […]