Covid-19


eOne joins A+E in dropping physical presence from MIPCOM

Canada-based multinational Entertainment One (eOne) has become the latest company to pull out of attending the physical MIPCOM 2020 event due to concerns about Covid-19. Hasbro-owned eOne is, however, understood to instead be making alternative plans for an online presence, details of which have not yet been revealed. The news, first reported by C21, follows […]

UK TV industry welcomes $650m Covid-19 insurance fund

UK producers and broadcasters have welcomed a long-awaited £500m ($650m) government-backed scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get Covid-19 related insurance. The announcement from the UK’s chancellor Rishi Sunak and minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden is expected to kickstart productions worth upwards of £1bn, with […]

ITV Studios & Fremantle to miss MIPCOM, with virtual events planned

ITV Studios (ITVS) and Fremantle will not be exhibiting at MIPCOM in October, with both instead unveiling plans to offer virtual events. The moves, which come a day after TBI broke the news that BBC Studios (BBCS) would not be attending the Cannes-based event, will see ITVS launching a three-week virtual event titled Fall Festival, […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios to have no physical presence at MIPCOM

BBC Studios (BBCS) will have no physical presence at MIPCOM in October, TBI has learned. The decision comes three weeks after MIPCOM organisers Reed Midem outlined their plans for what is normally the biggest TV event on the circuit, but which is facing major disruption as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. It is understood BBCS […]

HBO Max snags 4 million subs but WarnerMedia revenues fall 25%

AT&T reported a depressed Q2 with sales down across all of its sectors, but streaming service HBO Max has claimed a little over 4 million subscribers since launch.  The streamer rolled out in May and while the company did not give explicit subscriber numbers, AT&T CEO John Stankey did say that HBO Max and the […]

Production resumes on BBC’s ‘Death In Paradise’

Production has begun on the tenth season of UK pubcaster BBC One’s Caribbean-set crime series Death In Paradise, making it one of the first British single camera dramas to resume filming since lockdown. Production company Red Planet Pictures have worked with the BBC and other industry bodies and prodcos to develop a detailed Covid-19 protocol […]

HBO, BBC drama ‘His Dark Materials’ cuts episode amid Covid impact

The second season of BBC and HBO drama His Dark Materials is on track to make it to screens later this year, but execs have been forced to cut the show’s length after lockdown forced production to be shut down. The adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels – The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Looking at factual through a new lens

TBI’s ongoing coverage exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the TV industry hears today from Woodcut Media exec producer Sarah Freethy, who reflects on the lessons learned from delivering a factual series under lockdown and the importance of improving diversity both on- and off-camera. Sometimes I like to terrify millennials by recalling the late 1990’s, […]

TBI Weekly: Gunning for a global return to production

Shows around the world that had been put on hold because of Covid-19 are resuming production, as companies and broadcasters begin to get to grips with new protocols and workarounds. Here are six takeaways from the past week that point to a brighter future. Great white hope Scripted production might still be off the cards […]

Bumper Q2 sales for UK distributor Silverlining

UK-based factual distributor Silverlining Rights has reported “bumper” Q2 sales with particular uptake for its crime programming in Asia, the Nordics and New Zealand. “We really didn’t know what to expect when the world came to a standstill in March,” said Samantha Sintes, global content sales exec at Silverlining. “But as it turns out, the […]

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