Features


Women are in charge: how TV production is evolving

Recent years have shown that TV programmes focused on female experiences can be as lucrative as they are timely, and a focus on this notion must be maintained if movements such as #TimesUp are to make a long-lasting change in the business, as Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. Recent events have seemingy led to a wave of […]

TBI Weekly: Where is Apple’s TV distribution strategy?

This week, Apple’s launch date for its slate of original programming was revealed to be set for Spring/Summer 2019, but we’re no closer to knowing how these shows will appear on our screens. Apple doesn’t seem to think it has a distribution problem. In fact, the New York Times report, which revealed the story above, […]

30 years of TBI: Women in TV (1990)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we’re publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. This time we’re looking at women’s roles in TV and how this conversation has developed since 1990. On this year, we saw much fewer females take the lead at international companies, […]

TBI Weekly: Everyone’s looking at toons for grown-ups

This week, Hulu’s deal with Nick Weidenfeld, the former Adult Swim head of development, shows the increasing appetite networks are demonstrating towards adult toons. There has been a buzz at the start of this year around toons for grown-ups as every major SVOD platform has picked up at least one new series. Netflix kicked off […]

In-demand chart: France (March 12-18, 2018)

The new season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones fails to top the lists in France as commonly demanded titles Stranger Things and The Walking Dead lead the pack. Despite a wealth of promotion and a second season launch on March 8, Marvel’s Jessica Jones only reached second place in France’s digital originals demand chart, which was […]

TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

In-demand chart: Belgium (February 26-March 4, 2018)

Belgium’s week in demand expressions saves the top spots for The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery and one surprise sci-fi adventure web series. Parrot Analytic’s demand measurement system provides insight into TV demand in specific regions regardless of platform or streaming services, and this week, Belgium has thrown a surprise series in the mix. Stargate […]

Christina Jennings: A lifetime in TV

As Canada’s most well-known indie producer, Shaftesbury Films’ Christina Jennings knows how to put a production deal together. The winner of TBI’s inaugural Content Innovation Awards Lifetime Achievement gong tells TBI about her career and how funding is changing. When Christina Jennings founded Toronto-based indie Shaftesbury Films in 1987, she wouldn’t have known she’d become […]

Interview: Turner content chief Kevin Reilly

Veteran US executive Kevin Reilly is in bullish mood, and for fair reason. When he joined Turner in November 2014, cable channels TBS and TNT were both highly profitable, but a bit old-fashioned – reliant on sports, procedurals and re-runs, and Reilly believed they needed updating before time caught up with them. Things are very […]

Endemol Shine International boss Cathy Payne in profile

Cathy Payne was the first winner of the Content Innovation Awards’ Content Leader of the Year award in October last year. The Endemol Shine International CEO tells Jesse Whittock about her philosophy towards selling programming in the modern era and how distribution is getting creative. Cathy Payne’s career has been on an upward trajectory for […]