Covid-19


UK resumes sports, TV and film production, with lockdown exemptions

The British government has announced a deal that will allow the staging of selected sports events and the resumption of film and TV production. The news comes just as the government pledged £1.57 billion to the arts sector which has been left abandoned since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This new declaration will see […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking Banijay’s scale play for Endemol Shine

Banijay’s pursuit of Endemol Shine Group dragged on for nearly two years but now, with the deal formally completed, attention is focused on just how these two giants of the international content business will combine their operations. What is abundantly clear is that the deal is premised on scale. France-based, Vivendi-backed Banijay – fattened up […]

Fremantle preps drama on UK Prime Minister’s pandemic response

Fremantle has put a new series into production about UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis. The project is being helmed by acclaimed English director Michael Winterbottom (Greed, 24 Hour Party People) and produced in partnership with True Detective executive producer Richard Brown’s Passenger Pictures and Winterbottom’s Revolution Films. Fremantle signed an […]

NBC orders lockdown comedy from ‘Blindspot’ duo

US network NBC has ordered a Connecting, a Coronavirus-era scripted comedy series filmed entirely through video chats. The eight-part series is being produced by Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, with Blindspot collaborators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall taking on the project. Gero and his Quinn’s House production banner are currently under an […]

Corus, NBCU’s Peacock strike exclusive deal for originals

Corus Entertainment in Canada has struck a far-reaching deal that will sees it taking rights to originals from NBCUniversal’s new streamer Peacock, including the adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. The exclusive deal includes new Peacock shows including Girls5Eva from executive producer Tina Fey, podcast-inspired Dr. Death and Brave New World, starring […]

Dealing with Covid-19: A planetary shift in viewership

TBI’s extensive coverage exploring how Covid-19 has impacted the content business hears today from Patrick Rivet, CEO at Canal+’s US Hispanic channel operator Thema America, who explains how his company has embraced locked down audiences. When we launched Thema America back in 2016, the challenge was to promote the distribution of our thematic channels in […]

TBI Weekly: Six Reasons Why Adult Animation Is Set To Flourish

Adult animation is a well-worn medium but the unique combination of a global production shutdown, ongoing uncertainty over the viability of big budget scripted projects and the insatiable demand for content is pushing the genre forward at rapid speed. And while animated projects are not quick turnarounds, they are perhaps the most viable for production […]

UK screen industry headed for $45bn “cultural catastrophe” without support

The UK screen industry is predicted to lose £36bn (USD$45bn) in revenue in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a new report from global analysts Oxford Economics. ‘The Projected Economic Impact of Covid-19 on the UK Creative Industries’ report, commissioned by the UK’s Creative Industries Federation, has calculated that there will […]

TBI In Conversation: Erik Barmack on Spanish drama & adapting video games

In the first of a series of articles with leading US-based writers, producers and showrunners, TBI’s In Conversation strand speaks to Erik Barmack, the former Netflix international originals exec, who reveals new projects and his belief in Spanish-language drama. Erik Barmack soared to prominence on the global scripted stage largely by taking the spotlight away […]