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TBI Weekly: A writer’s view on lockdown in Santa Monica

Cold Courage writer Brendan Foley reflects on his personal experiences of Covid-19 under lockdown in California and looks ahead to what the crisis could mean for the TV community around the world. A good day starts with an early morning masked walk with my wife Shelly on the mean streets of Santa Monica, past blooming […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Behind the scenes of Facebook’s self-shot show

TBI’s extensive coverage of how Covid-19 is affecting the TV industry today hears from Phil Lott, co-founder of US prodco AMPLE Entertainment, who offers his insights from producing Facebook’s hit self-shot show, 9 Months With Courteney Cox Is it weird to say there’s never been a better time to be self-shooting? Forgetting the global pandemic, […]

TBI Special Report Part Three: AVOD, SVOD & FTA: What’s Next?

Covid-19 has blindsided most of the TV business but the severity of the repercussions on SVOD, AVOD and broadcast sectors look likely to be felt across the long-term, writes Richard Middleton. There is a school of thought that the current pandemic we’re living through will provide the impetus for a wholesale shift in the way […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Surprising rewards & daily challenges of the ‘new normal’

TBI’s ongoing coverage of the impact of Covid-19 on the TV industry continues with Rian Bester, CEO at Insight TV, discussing how the broadcaster and producer has innovated to deal with the myriad effects of the pandemic, including hiring while house-bound. Across Europe and around the world, we all have been on lockdown for weeks […]

TBI Special Report Part Two: An adapted marketplace for buyers and sellers

Streamers and broadcasters face the unenviable task of delivering fewer shows to bigger audiences with less money to spend on production and acquisition. Richard Middleton and Mark Layton explore how they are weathering this uncertain time – and the steps some are taking to keep content rolling and viewers engaged. Few sectors of the economy […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Painting Covid-19’s impact by numbers

Lockdown might be the new normal for large swathes of the world’s population but its myriad effects on content-skewing companies – and their bottom lines – remain tough to pin down. Things are becoming clearer however, as quarterly results, viewing figures and strategy tweaks come into plainer view. Here are five key figures from the […]

TBI Special Report Part One: Adapting production during lock down and beyond

Screen production has been among the hardest hit sectors from the Covid-19 pandemic, with freelance workers in particular suffering badly. Mark Layton explores how some businesses have adapted and evaluates lockdown’s lingering effect It is hard to understate the impact that Covid-19 has had on communities around the world. First and foremost, of course, is […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Unpacking the ‘force majeure’ clause

The latest installment of TBI’s ongoing coverage around the impact of Covid-19 on the global content business is from Julian Wilkins, IP & media solicitor at Smithfield Partners, who breaks down how the ‘force majeure’ clause can become a lifeline for producers The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the world. TV and […]

TBI Weekly: How one exec turned his Covid-19 crisis around

Former Discovery Networks International exec Adam Jacobs stepped down from his role at UK indie Woodcut Media at the start of the year to pursue his passions – then Covid-19 struck and his plans were left in tatters. TBI finds out how he reacted. As the UK government likes to constantly remind us, everything about […]

How borderless storytelling is evolving kids production models

Nina Hahn, SVP of international production & development at Nickelodeon, explains how global streamers have created a new generation of viewers and greater diversity in programming One of the biggest evolutions brought on by the rise of global platforms has been the rapid expansion of global content. As virtual geographic borders have diminished, audiences have […]