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Special report: Breaking down break-out formats

In the first of four special reports for TBI, international consultancy K7 Media identifies the top performing new TV formats set to make waves in the future out of its second annual Tracking the Giants report. K7 Media’s David Ciaramella breaks down the break-out formats.  K7 Media’s Tracking the Giants report – a major statistical […]

Behind the Scenes: Netflix’s When Heroes Fly

Produced by Spiro Films and Keshet International for Keshet Broadcasting, Colombia-set thriller When Heroes Fly follows four Israeli military veterans who travel to South America in search of a missing friend. The Cannes Series award-winner was picked up by Netflix in October, and debuts on the platform today (10 January). Series creator Omri Givon takes us inside […]

Rising Star adaptation leads Sri Lankan content “renaissance”

A local adaptation of Keshet International’s Rising Star is having a transformative impact on Sri Lankan broadcaster Hiru TV. Manori Ravindran reports. A “renaissance” in Sri Lankan entertainment programming has led to more demand than ever for large-scale offerings that leverage audience engagement. Unlike the island nation’s monolithic neighbor to the north, India, it has […]

Nordic noir heads to China

Finnish telco Elisa enters the ring as one of the first international players looking East for its next streaming play. Manori Ravindran reports. Nordic noir is poised to make a substantial move in the under-served Chinese market via a dedicated platform launched by Finnish telco Elisa – a play that will open up co-production opportunities […]

Viacom’s Voot joins the premium ranks

Viacom 18 group CEO Sudhanshu Vats tells Manori Ravindran how Indian streaming service Voot is quickly transforming from a wholly AVOD proposition into a multi-faceted SVOD platform that extends well beyond India and into the global market. In the race to capture India’s 300m streaming video users, Viacom’s AVOD service Voot is scaling the ranks […]

Scaling the Great Firewall: How to work with China’s giant online platforms

With China in the spotlight again at MIPCOM and ATF, what’s the best way to approach working with its huge online platforms? The Chinese term fān qiáng literally means to climb over a wall, but these days it’s mainly used figuratively to denote climbing over the Great Firewall of China – both by adventurous Chinese […]

From imitation to innovation: East Asian formats are on the rise

K7 Media’s APAC manager Michelle Lin breaks down the shifting life cycles for formats out of Asia, and predicts which territories could next have its moment on the international stage. Japan, without a doubt, is the pioneer in the Asian TV industry as far as format sales are concerned. It is the only Asian country […]

The Dealmakers: Four execs shaping the Asian TV landscape today

As business across Asia continues to flourish amidst shifting regulations and censorship, TBI introduces the key individuals shaping the landscape, including the Fox exec who acquired a Youku original in a historic format export; the producer who can connect you to your next fixer in China; and the distributors pushing projects through China’s censorship bureau […]

Hooq gets hyper-local for new Southeast Asia strategy

Hooq CEO Peter Bithos tells TBI how he is transforming the Singapore-based streamer from the ‘home of Hollywood’ to the home of hyper-localized content for emerging markets. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. In what is now one of the most competitive SVOD environments in the world, Hooq – the WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Television and Singtel–owned streamer operating […]

Made with China: is it time to transcend the quota narrative?

International distributors are increasingly finding new ways of navigating the mixed messages shrouding China’s ominous content quotas and censorship rules. Andy Fry investigates. In recent times, international content companies have been confronted with two conflicting narratives when it comes to China. On the one hand, the country has been pitched as a fast-growing market with […]

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