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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 […]

TBI Weekly: Instagram will not host the next Game of Thrones

This week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Instagram may allow video uploads up to an hour long on its app, but it’s unlikely the tech company will be taking on the likes of Netflix or HBO quite yet. The Facebook-owned app has apparently been having conversations with a range of content makers, publishers and […]

Factual goals: sports titles on the rise

The sports documentary series has returned to the big leagues, as SVOD services order shows that their algorithms demand, thematic pay channels commission content for the engaged audiences and the 2018 FIFA World Cup rolls around this summer in Russia. Andy Fry reports from the sidelines From NFL Superbowl to the English Premier League via […]

TBI Weekly: Hot or not at the LA Screenings

This week’s LA Screenings have brought us the hottest pilot pick-ups from US Studios, but what proved popular and what turned out a dud among the titles? Reboots Needless to say, reboots dominated the Upfronts this year as each studio picked up some form of revamp or spin-off. Yes, this has been a trend for […]

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