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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 […]

Out of Africa: a look at expanding TV markets

Africa’s television markets are rapidly expanding, as many of the nations gradually grow richer. Nick Edwards speaks with local and international players working to create and distribute original content across the continent. Made up of over 50 different countries, it is impossible to make a sweeping homogenous statement about Africa’s TV industry. Some countries share […]

TBI Weekly: Comcast joins the M&A race

This week, Comcast kicked off a bidding war by formally offering £22bn for Sky and subsequently making it very difficult for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to take full ownership of the TV group. The offer, which trumps Fox’s £19bn bid and has been well received by independent board members at Sky, is Comcast’s move to compete […]

Adapting audio: Why podcasts are making it big in TV

A string of networks from HBO to Amazon have adapted podcasts for the small screen, with many more set to come. Kaltrina Bylykbashi speaks to television producers and pod creators on what makes the platform so compelling. Since Serial launched in 2014, showing the potential of podcasts to engage mass audiences, there has been a […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix expansion lies in local productions

This week, Netflix has revealed the extent of its local production ambitions while showing that it continues to deliver stellar results, most recently reaching 125m subscribers and growing its first quarter revenue by 43% year-on-year. As the streamer announced its quarterly results on Monday, it quickly became apparent that an expansion of its local language […]

Is this Europe’s next super-indie trio?

Mediawan has ambition and the cash, but what is the strategy? France’s newest production-distribution group has closed six takeover deals in the past year, and is now looking beyond its Gallic foundations. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly talks with co-founder Pierre-Antoine Capton about the plans to grow. By acquiring a 77% share of drama-orientated TV production group Makever […]

Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

The vast Arctic Circle: a copro set to put Finland on the drama map

It is in the icy wilderness of Finland’s Ivalo, with its endless stretches of white snow and intensely bright sun, that a group of the country’s biggest production companies have joined forces to deliver a major new drama series. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports from the set in Lapland. Sitting in the Ravintola Huippu restaurant at the […]

TBI Weekly: Looking ahead to MIPTV

This week has been packed with news about new hires, departures, SVOD take-ups and business launches, but all the while everyone’s got their eye on the upcoming MIPTV, that kicks off this weekend. The deals have already started rolling as we pack our bags to head to a, hopefully, sunny Cannes. Ahead of the market, […]

In-demand chart: Finland (March 26-April 1, 2018)

Digital newbies make an impact in Finland this week, as new episodes of Santa Clarita Diet, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Marvel’s Jessica Jones arrive on the top lists. For the top ten digital originals list, Netflix had three titles with new episodes including Santa Clarita Diet, Voltron and Jessica Jones, making them the fifth, sixth […]

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