Features


Boom time for high-end TV

As we begin 2019, it’s important to take stock of the numbers. The last reported TV export figures for the UK are from Pact, which shows that estimated total revenues for 2016/17 added up to £902m. The US, Australia, France, Germany and the Nordics were the UK’s largest export markets (as shown above), followed by […]

Viewpoint: Thriving in uncertain times

Lilla Hurst, joint-MD of Drive, discusses the growth of UK Screenings, and makes a case for the continued success of British content despite turbulent political times.  It appears that the UK has something to offer the world in the dreary month of February after all. For many years, the BBC has been hosting its Liverpool […]

UK Screenings: BBC Studios’ new chapter for Showcase

President of global markets Paul Dempsey tells TBI how the annual Showcase event has evolved, and how the merged producer-distributor is navigating the new content landscape This year’s Showcase is, in many ways, a landmark year for the UK’s public service broadcaster, which will, for the first time, welcome more than 700 buyers to Liverpool […]

BBC Studios Showcase: World of Wonder

Feel-good formats are still driving audiences, and BBC Studios’ formats team meets the demand with a playalong quiz show and warm, social issue-driven fact ent formats. Creative director of formats Sumi Connock tells TBI what to expect out of this year’s Showcase.  Warm and authentic fare continues to dominate the formats market, with audiences craving […]

BBC Studios Showcase: Going upstream for premium drama

The BBC Studios merger has allowed scripted execs to get closer to IP much earlier in the game – a strategy that is paying dividends across drama and comedy As a result of the BBC Studios merger, conversations for scripted programming are now further “upstream”, with the distributor coming in much earlier in the development […]

BBC Studios Showcase: Drone’s eye-view on natural history

Newly appointed unscripted portfolio director Mark Reynolds tells TBI the merged BBC Studios is “more focused on premium than ever” with a clear set of priorities across all genres, including natural history, science and history.  In recent years, some of the BBC’s most premium, global-facing content has emerged from natural history, with the likes of […]

Your guide to the UK Screenings

A string of UK TV distribution firms will show off their new slates to international buyers this February, in London. Here’s TBI’s low-down on what’s happening and where.  Friday, 15 February ITV Studios Formats Festival The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho AM     Warner Bros. Formats Festival The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho PM     […]

Buyers briefing: Factual commissioners reveal their wishlists for 2019

TBI asked specialist factual commissioners to reveal their wishlists and programming strategies for 2019. Here is what they said. BERNADETTE MCDAID Commissioning editor, Nat Geo (International) Top priorities: science, history, travel, space McDaid says the global broadcaster is most interested in ideas “that speak to the inspirational and aspirational nature” of Nat Geo as a […]

Never mind the blockchain, fund public media

Jon Ossoff, CEO and MD of Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with ISIS producer Insight TWI and the 2017 Democratic nominee for US Congress in the historic special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, demands greater investment in public media.  You know the popular refrain about the news today: the public is misinformed and divided by cynical […]

NATPE: History gives Jesus docudrama the premium treatment

The high-end drama boom is having a knock-on effect on docudramas, according to Nutopia boss Jane Root, who says premium drama levels have “pushed up” production values on shows such as the factual producer’s forthcoming History series Jesus: His Life. Told from the perspectives of eight people close to Jesus, including his mother Mary and […]