Features


Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Inside esports: Q&A with Stéphane Gambetta, Reed MIDEM (sponsored)

The purpose of this article is to better inform readers about the esports phenomenon. Esports is growing at an incredibly fast pace thanks to digital natives, and it is playing a more central role in the entertainment experience and consumption among new generations. Reed Midem, organiser of the leading international entertainment markets MIPCOM, MIPTV and […]

‘Knock Down The House’ reveals hunger for youth-skewing fare

Netflix knocked down the house in February, dishing out $10m for a high-profile film on newly appointed US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC, and revealing a growing drive towards youth-targeting feature docs.  The sale for Rachel Lear’s Knock Down The House out of Sundance is the most lucrative doc sale to come out of […]

Maintaining authenticity in kids’ programming

When I first started my career in the entertainment industry back in the early noughties, ‘authenticity’ was nothing more than a buzzword. Content specifically geared towards kids was primarily in the animated space, which was more fantastical in its execution and more forgiving in nature when it came to political correctness. Live-action offerings for the younger demographic was limited […]

Writer’s Room: Comedy is personal – Sarah Scheller

I have been fortunate enough to write two series of The Letdown, a very personal, narrative comedy about modern-day parenting. I have co-written every episode with my work partner, Alison Bell, from early blue-skying, to methodically breaking down stories to physically writing the dialogue. We do it all together. We also work in a program […]

TBI Weekly: Content rights are ‘key battleground’ in streamer war

As 2019 goes by, the looming clash of the streamers gets closer. WarnerMedia this week confirmed it will unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, and Netflix borrowed another $2bn to further build up its library of content. The announcements come just weeks after Disney+ and Apple announced details of their upcoming […]

Vive la France: Adapting to a new normal

Driven by a high volume of content – 4,873 hours in all – produced in 2017, the French TV market is moving fast: trying to preserve its cultural cachet and regulatory requirements while adapting to new challenges introduced by international and OTT players. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly reports From an international point of view, the growing number […]

Sports streamers: a long road ahead

As new sports streaming services such as DAZN and Eleven Sports aggressively seek out rights and push traditional players to innovate, how is the market responding and measuring success? Ross Biddiscombe investigates It is a time of immense disruption in the sports streaming market. Almost every day there is either more content being made available […]

Live long and prosper: Inside All Access

CBS was the first US broadcaster to launch a streaming play, but how is it navigating the new frontier of fierce rights ownership and premium content? Manori Ravindran gets an all-access pass into CBS’s new normal CBS All Access is leaving “no stone unturned” when it comes to securing creative talent and building a premium […]

Facebook’s Patrick Walker: Less about ‘You’ and more about ‘Us’

You may remember in 2006 when ‘You’ was named Person of the Year by Time magazine for “seizing the reigns of global media and beating the pros at their own game”. This was a milestone within the media industry, recognising the millions of people who contribute to user-generated content around the world – through online […]