TBI Weekly: How buyers are reacting to the Covid-19 crisis

All this week, TBI has been hearing from buyers around the world about the ramifications of Covid-19 on their acquisition strategies and scheduling conundrums. Here are five key takeaways. Buying time With production halted on most shows, broadcasters have been trying to maximise programming they have in the can – with the UK’s ITV and […]

Dealing with Covid-19: The view from New York & China delight

New York-based Tony Tackaberry, CEO at All3Media-backed Lion Television USA, provides the latest installment to TBI’s ongoing coverage exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the content industry. I am writing this from the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, two hours north of what was until recently my home and Lion TV’s US headquarters […]

Slate round-up: Rai reveals virtual offerings; TVF unveils Covid-19-driven shows

Rai rides Piaggio onto virtual portal Rai Com, the distribution division of Italian pubcaster Rai, has launched an array of programming via its virtual sales platform including TV movie Piaggio and crime series Il Commissario Ricciardi. Virtual screenings of the new lineup, which had been scheduled to be rolled out at MIPTV, are currently available […]

NBCU, Sky owner Comcast pledges $500m relief fund

US telecoms giant Comcast Corp has pledged $500m to help employees struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic, while its five top executives are planning to donate their salaries to Covid-19 charities. The Philadelphia-based conglomerate counts NBCUniversal, Sky Group and Xfinity among its holdings. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, alongside chief financial officer Mike Cavanagh, Comcast […]

TBI Factual: Cashing in & carrying on with archived IP

As Covid-19 hampers production across the globe, Nicolas d’Hueppe, CEO at content aggregator and online channels operator Alchimie, extols producers and rights holders to exploit the potential of factual programming’s long tail These are strange times we are living in. The Coronavirus pandemic has required us to change our behaviour for our own protection and […]

Banijay, ProSieben launch ‘Eurovision replacement’ contest

Banijay Group-owned Brainpool, German broadcaster ProSieben and domestic producer and entertainer Stefan Raab have teamed up to create a new competition to replace the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Free European Song Contest is being produced by Raab for Brainpool. A former Eurovision competitor himself, Raab also produced and hosted the contest when it […]

Exclusive: TV2’s Anette Rømer on “business as usual” in Denmark

All this week, TBI is hearing from broadcasters around the world about the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on their businesses. Today we speak to Anette Rømer at Denmark’s TV2, about how the Danish operator has strengthened local content but passed on “Corona programming” It might be surprising to hear, considering what is […]

Disney+ unveils India price rise & new launch date

Disney is to push ahead with the roll-out of its news streaming service Disney+ in India, with a revised launch date of 3 April. The streamer was meant to launch in the country on 29 March to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL cricket season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the […]

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