Features


Why diversified thinking & nimble operations are key to producer survival

Stephen Stewart, MD of Northern Ireland-based producer Green Inc., discusses why now is the time for producers to be nimble and diversify – and points out some unforeseen benefits to have emerged from the pandemic. One of my favourite Belfast phrases of encouragement, often shouted at athletes, and used by the great Northern Irish Line Of Duty actor […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Reflecting on Apple TV+ one year in

Apple TV+ might have the world’s most expensive company behind it, but intense competition in the streaming world means there is no guarantee of success. Fateha Begum, principle analyst at TBI sibling OMDIA, tells Richard Middleton how the service has fared as it celebrates its first birthday. One of the most-talked about recent entrants to the […]

Producer Sean Dulake shares five takeaways from filming during a pandemic

Sean Dulake, co-founder and president of Los Angeles and Seoul-based production company Third Culture Content shares his experience of filming season two of fantasy romcom Dramaworld at the height of the pandemic.  When we originally worked towards a second season of our cult hit and passion project Dramaworld, we knew there would be challenges – we had huge […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Emerging super-trends for 2021

2020 has brought unprecedented change for the content business, with Covid-19 acting as an accelerant on an already rapidly changing sector. Maria Rua Aguete, senior research director for TV, video & advertising at TBI sibling Omdia, tells Richard Middleton what we can expect in 2021. Vertical integration in the media world was already well underway […]

Well-being: Why owning beats moaning

In this edition’s well-being column, executive coach Tracy Forsyth explains how to own situations rather than moan about them. I was once droning on to a production co-ordinator about how draining I found people who just went on and on, and moaned and moaned and were just so negative. Nadia, the production co-ordinator, a hugely […]

Arrow Media’s Anna Davies talks 2020’s key factual trends

Anna Davies, executive producer, development, at UK-based factual producer Arrow Media discusses some of the key trends to have emerged in the factual space over recent months. Staying on top of factual trends is development 101. There is now a strong sense of business getting back to normal, following the initial impact of Covid, as our resilient […]

TBI In Conversation: Autentic MD on the future of factual

Autentic MD Patrick Hörl tells Richard Middleton how his German factual producer and distributor responded to surging demand as Covid-19 landed and why co-productions and streamers are key. When the severity of the global pandemic hit countries outside of China in March, the long-term impacts were not front of mind. Over the course of just […]

TBI In Conversation: TikTok’s European chief on brands, formats & drama

TikTok has exploded into the public consciousness like few – if any other – video-led service before it. UK & Europe chief Rich Waterworth tells Richard Middleton how he sees the future panning out. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already downloaded TikTok onto your phone. And if you’ve not, you probably should. Few […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Peacock takes flight as subs flock in

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock might have had its feathers ruffled by the global pandemic affecting its originals line-up, but its vast library seems to have worked wonders on new customers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months to the end […]

Diversity: Nurturing conversation around representation

In the second instalment of her new monthly column, the Creative Diversity Network’s executive director Deborah Williams explains why every conversation matters in the discussion around representation. Diversity is a strange place to be at the moment. The idea that your life’s work is suddenly in vogue is what you dream about. It’s like arriving […]