Five key lessons TV can learn from the film world

Carlo Dusi, exec VP of commercial strategy for scripted at Red Arrow Studios International and formerly of Scott Free Films, discusses what TV producers can learn from their once dominant big screen cousins. It wasn’t long ago that TV drama was considered the poorer cousin of feature film. Now, thanks in part to the successful […]

Writer’s Room: Richie Mehta. Turning timeline into takes for ‘Delhi Crime’

Writer-director Richie Mehta on how he deconstructed India’s notorious 2012 gang-rape case for a seven-part drama series for Netflix Delhi Crime has been a long, involved and all-encompassing journey. It began in 2013 as a conversation with the retired police commissioner in Delhi, Mr. Neeraj Kumar, who told me about the investigation following the heinous […]

How to gain access to restrictive locations

Adam Jacobs, exec producer at UK-based Woodcut Media, discusses how to get access to restrictive locations that are normally closed to the cameras and explains how he built trust on his latest unscripted series. In the current climate of non-scripted television, access seems to be the buzzword that broadcasters are excited about. Whether it is […]

Cracking down on co-productions

Alastair Fothergill, producer of Netflix’s Our Planet, has warned that SVOD players “will not consider co-productions” around natural history in the future as the digital giants look to plant their flags in the genre. Manori Ravindran reports The veteran natural history producer, who left the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) in 2012 to set up […]

Kew Media Distribution: Beyond ‘Neverland’

Tim Dams explores the rise of documentary powerhouse Kew Media Distribution Halfway through 2019, there’s little doubt about the most impactful documentary of the year – Dan Reed’s explosive and revelatory Michael Jackson film, Leaving Neverland. The documentary, which prompted a rethink about the legacy of the late pop icon as well as furious backlash […]

TBI Factual Hot Picks – June 2019

With Sunny Side of the Doc kicking off in France, TBI Magazine picks out a selection of the latest factual docs to hit the market, ranging from shows about jungle warfare to cats behaving badly. Jungle War DRG       Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly Orange Smarty/Channel 5 (UK)       Curse Of […]

Fremantle faces the music

For years, entertainment juggernauts such as Got Talent and The X Factor have defined production and distribution giant Fremantle on the global stage, but a long-brewing factual strategy is finally taking flight. Manori Ravindran reports Since joining Fremantle six years ago, Angela Neillis, SVP of non-scripted for international, has been quietly building out a pipeline […]

The House that Gurinder built

Director and screenwriter Gurinder Chadha’s first large-scale drama series Beecham House, to be screened in June 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 […]

TBI 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 […]

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