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The House that Gurinder built

Director and screenwriter Gurinder Chadha’s first large-scale drama series Beecham House, to be screened next month on ITV, will kickstart a focused period of television programme-making for the award-winning filmmaker. Ross Biddiscombe reports Gurinder Chadha – famous for modern classics such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji On The Beach – says that in […]

It’s time to stop ignoring mental illness in TV

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film & Television Charity talks about mental health concerns in the TV industry, and why the organisation is launching its industry-wide survey.  People love working in television and film – it’s a joy and a privilege. But it can also be tough. The outpouring of revelations about sexual harassment and […]

Well-being: How to recover from f*ck ups and faux pas

In TBI’s inaugural wellness column, former BBC Studios exec and corporate wellness coach Tracy Forsyth tackles how to recover from a disastrous pitch or meeting-gone-awry with your dignity intact We’ve all had those moments of putting our foot right royally in it. Saying the wrong thing in front of a commissioner. Blurting out something that […]

Conecta Fiction: Flipping the script

In June, the Spanish city of Pamplona-Iruña will host the third edition of Conecta Fiction, a four-day annual event where the creativity, financing and co-production of scripted TV will take centre stage. Andy Fry reports Explaining why Conecta Fiction adds value to what is already a packed schedule of markets and networking events, its director […]

Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Inside esports: Q&A with Stéphane Gambetta, Reed MIDEM (sponsored)

The purpose of this article is to better inform readers about the esports phenomenon. Esports is growing at an incredibly fast pace thanks to digital natives, and it is playing a more central role in the entertainment experience and consumption among new generations. Reed Midem, organiser of the leading international entertainment markets MIPCOM, MIPTV and […]

‘Knock Down The House’ reveals hunger for youth-skewing fare

Netflix knocked down the house in February, dishing out $10m for a high-profile film on newly appointed US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC, and revealing a growing drive towards youth-targeting feature docs.  The sale for Rachel Lear’s Knock Down The House out of Sundance is the most lucrative doc sale to come out of […]

Maintaining authenticity in kids’ programming

When I first started my career in the entertainment industry back in the early noughties, ‘authenticity’ was nothing more than a buzzword. Content specifically geared towards kids was primarily in the animated space, which was more fantastical in its execution and more forgiving in nature when it came to political correctness. Live-action offerings for the younger demographic was limited […]

Writer’s Room: Comedy is personal – Sarah Scheller

I have been fortunate enough to write two series of The Letdown, a very personal, narrative comedy about modern-day parenting. I have co-written every episode with my work partner, Alison Bell, from early blue-skying, to methodically breaking down stories to physically writing the dialogue. We do it all together. We also work in a program […]

TBI Weekly: Content rights are ‘key battleground’ in streamer war

As 2019 goes by, the looming clash of the streamers gets closer. WarnerMedia this week confirmed it will unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, and Netflix borrowed another $2bn to further build up its library of content. The announcements come just weeks after Disney+ and Apple announced details of their upcoming […]

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