Buyers Briefing

Sony Pictures Television launches online format festival

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled plans to host its own bespoke virtual formats event next month, following MIPCOM pivoting online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Launching on 1 October, the Virtual October Formats Fest will take place across the entire month and use Zoom and eCinema as platforms through which to deliver personalised […]

Buyers Briefing: Indonesia

Indonesian content is under the spotlight at this year’s Asia TV Forum & Market. TBI hears from leading channel programme commissioners and acquisitions executives to find out what’s working in a major territory of more than 260 million people   Name: Cynthia Purnama Sari Company/channel: Transmedia Job title: Programme acquisition and international media licensing for […]

NATPE Europe Buyers Briefing: Kai Gahler

Name: Kai Gahler Title: acquisitions executive, Kanal 2, Estonia TBI: What channels do you buy for and how are they different? We buy for three channels. The biggest is Kanal 2, which is a mainstream commercial TV channel and the most watched TV channel in Estonia. We mostly air local shows in primetime, but there […]

Buyers briefing: Paul Edwards, Discovery

Name: Paul Edwards Title: VP, head of Nordic Discovery channels, Discovery Networks Northern Europe Paul Edwards oversees buying for Discovery Networks International’s thematic channel suite in northern Europe   What is unique about the Discovery Networks Nordic channels and what should buyers know in advance? Discovery Networks Northern Europe acquires content for Discovery, TLC and […]

Buyers briefing: Jon Farrar, BBC Worldwide

Name: Jon Farrar Title: Senior VP, global programming and acquisitions Jon Farrar oversees the programming and acquisitions strategy for BBC Worldwide’s new channel brands, BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First. The executive has had two spells with the BBC’s commercial arm, and has also worked in programming at Viacom and NBCUniversal. Here he outlines […]

Buyers Briefing: Nesta Owens, Discovery

Name: Nesta Owens Title: Programming director, Discovery Networks CEEMEA Nesta Owens oversees buying for Discovery Networks in what the firm describes as the ‘CEEMEA’ region – or central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The former BT Vision executive is overseeing a push into local commissioning, while Discovery remains a key regional acquirer […]

Buyers Briefing: Jeff Ford, Fox / FIC UK

Name: Jeff Ford Title: managing director, Fox International Channels UK Industry veteran Jeff Ford joined FIC UK after leaving Irish broadcaster TV3 to spend more time with his family. Known for having a keen eye for US acquisitions, his remit includes overseeing the local FOX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Baby TV channels. […]

Helen Cowley, Amazon Prime Instant Video UK

Name: Helen Cowley Title: senior manager, Amazon Prime Instant Video UK Helen Cowley has been with Amazon Prime Instant Video UK (and its predecessor Lovefilm) since 2005. Prior to Amazon’s involvement with the SVOD platform she held titles such as head of programming, and since November last year has been senior manger of the merged […]

Taking stock of SVOD

Buying a share in Netflix at the turn of 2011 would have set you back US$25.60. Today, as the US markets open, that one share would cost you more than four-and-a-half times that amount (US$115.81 at close of play yesterday, to be precise). The advance of the Nasdaq-listed streamer has been phenomenal. Even CEO Reed […]

CBBC: report card, recent hits, shopping lists

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow and her CBBC counterpart Cheryl Taylor took the stage at the Children’s Media Conference last week to tell content companies what is working on their services and what they are looking for. After they had outlined recent news and the profile of their service, TBI quizzed the pair on the details […]

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