Buyers Briefing

CBeebies: 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 […]

Celestial Tiger pounces on Chinese kids opportunity

Celestial Tiger Entertainment announced its entry into a very crowded space last month when it said it was launching Miao Mi, a preschool kids channel. With the big three of Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner all well established in the region Miao Mi will need to provide kids and parents with something new, and that is […]

Buyer’s briefing: BBC Worldwide Channels

Julie Swanston is VP, commissioning for BBC Worldwide Channels. She will commission a minimum of 83 hours of content a year for Brit and Earth, with Liam Keelan, director of scripted, overseeing BBC First. For BBC Brit, she will commission four original, factual-entertainment series across four core key filters: camaraderie, expertise, wit and jeopardy. For BBC Earth, and […]

Amazon deal monitor: Prime’s time

Amazon’s initial slate of originals was mostly well received, but failed to set the TV world alight. Then along came Jeffrey Tambur cross-dressing drama Transparent, which not only garnered masses of column inches, but also bagged awards and critical acclaim. Some commentators described as “Amazon’s House of Cards moment”. SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video […]

Buyer’s briefing: Mike Cosentino, Crave TV

Name: Mike Cosentino Title: Senior VP, programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV; chair, Bell Media Programming Council CraveTV launched in Canada last December in the fiercely competitive local SVOD scene that includes Netflix and Shomi, which is owned by cable giants Rogers and Shaw. Here, MIke Cosentino tells TBI about Bell Media-backed CraveTV, its programming deals […]

Buyers Briefing: Gail Gendler, AMC/Sundance Channel

Name: Gail Gendler Title: VP, acquisitions, AMC/Sundance Channel Global Gail Gendler oversees acquisitions for AMC Global and Sundance Channel. Both have been rolling out internationally, with AMC replacing the MGM Channel brand around the world in the past year. She tells TBI about what the network are searching for as MIPTV begins.   How do […]

Buyers Briefing: Christian Drobnyk, Lifetime

Name: Christian Drobnyk Title: Senior VP, programming, strategy and acquisitions, Lifetime, A+E Networks Christian Drobnyk commissions and acquires programming for A+E Networks’ flagship female-skewed station, Lifetime. The channel has built up a reputation for its unscripted series, dramas and original movies, and has been rolling out internationally since it debuted in Canada in May 2012. […]

Buyers Briefing: Vanda Rapti, MTG

Name: Vanda Rapti Title: VP of acquisitions, pay TV, VOD and new media, and acting VP, free TV, Nordics, MTG Vanda Rapti buys programming for a variety of Modern Times Group channels across Europe. Here she takes TBI through the needs of the free, pay and VOD platforms operating under MTG’s Viasat broadcasting brand.   […]

Endemol Shine Group: the story so far

The enormous distribution group created by the merger of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media is taking shape, with a raft of new appointments, executives leaving the business and former staffers turning up elsewhere. Here are the key appointments at the new super group. Endemol Shine Group has been shaping up under CEO Sophie Turner […]

Pitching over the pond: a UK perspective on US TV

British producer Nerd TV’s co-founder and managing director Jago Lee on why American-style processes are seeping into UK commissioning Inevitably, as the globalisation of the TV market continues apace, we’re seeing the culture of US commissioning seeping into the UK, and not just in the language of ‘sizzle tapes’ and ‘programming buckets’, which sadly landed […]