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David Williams, creative director (non-scripted), Keshet Productions UK Can you remember what you were doing in 2010? Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad, a volcano in Iceland stopped the world flying and Britain had one of the worst winters on record (again). The year would be lost in the ash cloud of my mind were […]

Bridging local and global: Lars Blomgren on his new move

The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren sits with TBI to discuss his preparation for an upcoming role as head of scripted for non-English language titles at Endemol Shine. You only have to look at Blomgren’s own hit drama The Bridge (Bron), and its successful international adaptations in Denmark, the US, UK and France, as well as […]

La Casa de SVOD: The new alliances between Spanish players and streamers

Spain’s drama boom continues, generating once unimaginable alliances between global SVOD platforms and the biggest local players, as they extend their race to tap Spanish creative talent in an exclusive way. Emiliano de Pablos reports the latest Spanish TV trends after Conecta Fiction 2018. In the linear TV era, not too long ago, Spanish TV […]

Spanimation: is Spain back on track?

Thanks to the global success of series like Pocoyo, Lola & Virginia and Connie the Cow, Spain was widely expected to become a genuine powerhouse of European animation ten years ago. So what happened, where did it all go wrong and can the country return to past glories? Gary Smith reports It may be some […]

Trends watch: NATPE Budapest International

Ahead of this year’s event, TBI speaks to NATPE president and CEO JP Bommel on what to expect from the newly branded and outward-looking NATPE Budapest International. TBI: This is your third year as NATPE president. What do you set out to do differently from previous years? This year our June event is entitled NATPE […]

Trends watch: NATPE Budapest – Red Arrow Studios International

Red Arrow’s Bo Stehmeier, SVP of global sales at its international arm, discusses the hottest trends in CEE and what buyers want. What is your main focus at NATPE Europe? With the formats business in CEE continuing to grow, we will be focusing on our scripted remakes, such as Lice Mother – the hit Netherlands […]

In the spotlight: Walter Iuzzolino

Walter Iuzzolino, the face of and name behind Walter Presents, has walked an unusual path to reach his current role in scripted television. Growing up in Italy watching telenovelas and European dramas, he moved to the UK as a young man to follow dreams of writing and directing. After landing a job on Channel 4’s […]

Adria success: HBO on building its first Croatian original

As HBO Europe begins work on its first Adria original, Success, TBI catches up with execs Steve Matthews and Antony Root on its plans for the region and feedback on how it’s evolving. Like many firsts currently coming out of the Balkan region, HBO is looking to create the territory’s first high-end drama to match […]

In-demand: UK (June 4-10, 2018)

Record-breaking format Love Island has taken the UK by storm this week becoming the most demanded show by far, according to Parrot Analytics data. ITV had already revealed that the format’s season four premiere had broken records, peaking with 3.4 million viewers and a 16.4% market share on its ITV2 channel. Parrot Data now shows […]

TBI Weekly: Key takeaways from NEM

Croatia’s New Europe Market (NEM) received over 800 participants this week, making it the event’s most successful year yet, as TV execs gathered to discuss what’s working for Central and Eastern Europe and what’s not. In case you didn’t get to make it to Dubrovnik’s sunny coastlines, here’s a round-up of the key themes at […]

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