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 […]

Exclusive: Off the Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth on factual strategy & industry sexism

Following International Women’s Day, TBI continues its series of interviews with leading women in the TV industry. Here, Off the Fence and WaterBear founder Ellen Windemuth discusses the sexism she has faced during her career and what’s on the cards for her companies in the coming months. “My initial reason for starting Off the Fence was […]

TBI Tech & Analysis marks International Women’s Day

With today’s TBI Tech & Analysis falling on International Women’s Day, we hear from Maria Rua Aguete, senior research director at research giant Omdia, as she provides her thoughts on discrimination and overcoming challenges in the workplace. I got to where I am by speaking loudly – and by not taking no for an answer. When […]

Exclusive: The women behind ‘Doctor Who’ on aliens, travel & equality

TBI marks International Women’s Day with the first in a series of interviews over the coming days with leading women in the TV industry. Here, Mark Layton talks to Nikki Wilson, Sheena Bucktowonsing and Ceres Doyle, key production talent from iconic British sci-fi Doctor Who. No show does reinvention quite like Doctor Who. For almost […]

Diversity: Taking a holistic approach

In her monthly column, the Creative Diversity Network (CDN)’s executive director Deborah Williams reflects on how Covid is affecting diversity and inclusivity across the industry. Last year ended in a way that few anticipated or hoped for. Going into another open- ended lockdown here in the UK – at a time when the industry was […]

The London Screenings: Life After Netflix

Streamer competition is rife and demand for exclusivity is huge – but what happens once SVODs first window comes to an end? Richard Middleton explores the potential of long-tail rights and their impact on production One of the emergent trends of the past 12 months – if not longer – has been the ability of […]

Flame’s Fiona Gilroy on how to avoid distribution disasters

Flame Distribution’s Fiona Gilroy tells TBI about her top six tips to keep the sales process rolling, following her panel session at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) yesterday. Distribution is an art form itself. To a very large extent successful distribution relies on a distributor’s knowledge of the market, their relationship with buyers and […]

London Screenings: Broadening horizons

Locked down audiences are craving new environments and the content business is doing its best to deliver them. Helen Dugdale  explores how the UK industry is embracing the travelogue With international and domestic travel currently off the cards for swathes of the world’s population because of the pandemic, a surging demand for onscreen escapism has […]

TBI In Conversation: How Netflix’s new samurai docudrama embraced action & authenticity

Cream Productions CEO David Brady tells Mark Layton about blending visceral action and historical accuracy for new Netflix series Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan Toronto-based Cream Productions, alongside fellow Canadians Blue Ant Media, launched their new docudrama co-production Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan on Netflix last week. The 6 x 60-minute series follows the […]