Features


Preparing for the big adventure boom

Stephen McQuillan, creative director at UK indie Humble Bee Films considers what the immediate future holds for adventure programming, from moving past the pandemic to the growing interest from Hollywood talent. Gold standard unscripted adventure programming has the ability to take viewers somewhere they’ve never been in their lifetime – or could ever expect to […]

TBI Kids: Nelvana’s president on why kids content is central to the streaming boom

As Canadian children’s producer and distributor Nelvana approaches its 50th anniversary, company president Pam Westman tells Mark Layton why kids’ content is at the heart of the streaming revolution. The global streaming boom has led to a skyrocketing demand for content, in all genres; particularly in the past year or so, with the launch of […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring Japan’s unique pay TV & streaming ecosystem

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & Online Video at research powerhouse Omdia, delves into Japan’s fascinating content market and explores how pay TV and streaming fortunes have changed. Japan is a unique market where traditional TV/video market sources like broadcasters and the physical video market remain relevant in the country despite fast growing […]

TBI Kids: Globo’s “100% Brazilian” global content push

Tatiana Costa, head of kids & entertainment & channels at Lat Am giant Globo Group, tells Mark Layton about the push to put authentic Brazilian kids content on the map. Globo Group’s children’s unit Gloob has reinforced its role within the Brazilian media giant in recent weeks, following the launch of Globo’s ‘Uma So Globo’, or ‘One […]

The virtually acceptable world of distribution online

Melanie Torres, Principal Media’s SVP of worldwide distribution, reflects on a year of working from home and the challenges it has presented for the global sales industry. It’s been over a year since I last attended a conference in person. It was NATPE in Miami, January 2020. After that, the bottom dropped out of the conference […]

‘2020: The Story Of Us’ producer Katie Buchanan on filming an unfolding crisis

Docsville Studios’ Katie Buchanan, producer on 2020: The Story Of Us, a co-production with Altitude Factual and Expanded Media that aired on UK broadcaster ITV this week, reveals how her team rose to the challenge when they found themselves at the heart of the unfolding global Coronavirus crisis. When Docsville Studios decided three years ago to make a […]

Why British TV needs to rethink its approach to diversity

Wa’qaar A Mirza, co-founder and global CEO of Safi Ideas, whose UK-based production outfit is behind the children’s animation Zayn & Zayna’s Little Farm, explains why it is time the British TV industry rethinks its approach to diversity. Diversity in the media and TV has been a hot topic for several years, and rightly so, […]

‘Normal People’s music supervisor on how sounds serve the drama

Juliet Martin, music supervisor on Element Pictures’ Normal People for BBC Three and Hulu, explains the musical choices in the hit Irish drama and the wider importance of music in accentuating visual performances. We were incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team working on Normal People. The music choices were a collaboration between the director, Lenny Abrahamson, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How Disney & WarnerMedia prepared for streaming wars

  A fortnight ago, TBI Tech & Analysis reflected on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios. Now, Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott provides a potted history of how two of the biggest operators – Disney and WarnerMedia – realigned their operations to take on Netflix. It was only in 2018 that Walt Disney […]

Exclusive: Jim Henson Co’s Halle Stanford on nostalgia, dream projects & empowering women

Following International Women’s Day, TBI continues its series of interviews with leading women in the TV industry. Here, Halle Stanford discusses her “dream-come-true project” and acting as a mentor to other women in the industry. Halle Stanford is levelling the playing field. The president of television for The Jim Henson Company tells TBI that her […]