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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 […]

TBI Weekly: Why BT’s move away from drama might not be a bad idea

This week, BT boss Gavin Patterson (above) pledged that he would not invest in original dramas and focus on sport, which, contrary to received wisdom, may be a very good idea on his part. Going against the grain is a brave move, especially when drama is widely seen to be driving viewership for a range […]

TBI Weekly: Originals propel local SVOD success

This week, MTG revealed its Nordic SVOD service Viaplay has seen positive results as the streamer brought in more originals than ever in 2017. During this time, and with eight new originals in tow, the Nordic service has seen viewing time increase by 25%, and the number of customers grow by 21% between 2016 and […]

In-demand chart: Turkey (February 12-18, 2018)

Turkey’s latest weekly demand data shows a preference for non-digital original series such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead (TWD), which took the top spot, received over three times the demand expressions than digital original Stranger Things did in the overalls list. TWD received over 16 million demand expressions, while Stranger […]

Bringing ‘Game of Thrones’ to the animal kingdom

The BBC’s factual slate is bringing drama to its animal kingdom this year, as the broadcaster moves forward from the tremendous success of Blue Planet II in 2017 and Planet Earth II a year prior. The 2018 selection welcomes a range of critters, with aims to tell their stories like never before. Topping the list […]

Worldwide ambitions open the Showcase – BBC content event

BBC Worldwide’s annual four-day programming sales event in Liverpool, England, is a regular trip for 700-plus buyers. TBI looks what the commercial arm of the BBC is planning in 2018 These are momentous times for the BBC, the UK’s public service broadcaster. While it is under constant ideological pressure from some corners of the British […]