US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

Liz and Dick

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton captured the sense of anticipation around Lifetime’s new movie when he wrote: “Who isn’t intrigued to see how today’s most notorious starlet will handle portraying one of Hollywood’s most notable icons?!” The starlet in question is Lindsay Lohan who takes on the role of Elizabeth Taylor in her first starring role […]

French TNT explodes

The French broadcasting family is about to get bigger. This month will see the arrival in the free-to-air game of a major player, Canal+, whose acquisition of DTT outlets Direct 8 and Direct Star from Group Bolloré was approved by the Competition Authority in July. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports. French communications regulator the CSA is about […]

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Hands On Approach

The Client List is the most successful drama to launch on US cable network Lifetime in the last three years. Its premiere averaged 2.8 million viewers, making it the A+E Networks-owned broadcaster’s most watched series launch since Drop Dead Diva in 2009. The show stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, who made her name in Fox series […]

Kurt Sutter: Cable Outlaw

Kurt Sutter is one of the most interesting faces in the cable television world and one of the most creative and outspoken talents in the TV business. His star has risen concurrently with the boom in original cable programming. Sutter started as a writer on The Shield and he worked on over 80 episodes of […]

Top Ten MIPTV Formats

TBI takes a look at some of the hottest formats in the international TV market   The show: Day and Night The producer: Filmpool The distributor:   All3Media International Concept: German constructed reality format Airing: RTL2 (Germany) Constructed reality is fast becoming one of the hottest programming genres in the world. While series including The Only […]

Turning up the volume at Sony

As executive VP, alternative programming, specials and late night at US network ABC, Andrea Wong developed a profile in the US and international TV markets as she scoured the world for hit formats. Under her tenure these included Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor. Now, having also served a stint running female-skewing US cable […]

TV movies: the verdict

As costs rise, broadcasters are turning to each other to fund event TV, reports Tim Adler   If you had to pitch the perfect television movie, it would probably involve a young woman who finds herself in peril while trying to get married at Christmas. So says, Marina Cordoni, vice president movies at Canadian producer […]

Monitor: French-English drama

France falls for English language drama In the last couple of years, a burst of international English-language TV series originated from France. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly finds out why the time is right for French producers and channels to take English-language French fiction to the international market. When four-hour mini-series XIII-The Conspiracy (2x90mins or 4x45mins) premiered on […]

MTV starts to deliver on formats promise

Viacom’s programming division has inked a pair of format deals and sealed new options for another title as the push to sell local version of its shows to broadcasters stars to pay off. Pimp My Ride and One Bad Trip have been commissioned by local broadcasters and  I used to be Fat has been optioned […]