Features


TBI Tech & Analysis: What CNN+ tells us about online video’s evolution

WarnerMedia’s latest streaming addition, CNN+, looks set to offer a smorgasbord of opportunities to factual producers, distributors and staff. Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst for TV, video & advertising at research powerhouse Omdia, runs the rule on the forthcoming service and explores how the global online video is evolving. US news network CNN, owned by AT&T […]

How an adventure format thrived despite the pandemic

You might have assumed that lockdowns and travel restrictions would have put an abrupt halt to adventure format commissions, yet veteran show Survivor is in the midst of its most successful year ever. TBI hears from Banijay’s Lucas Green and Julia Dick on how the show has thrived. Survivor is a cornerstone of the Banijay […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Sizing up South-Eastern Asia’s streaming potential

South-Eastern Asia is a hotbed of streaming activity, with global and regional operators looking to exploit a broad and growing viewer base. Omdia senior analysts Kia Ling Teoh and Jun Wen Woo tell TBI how two major players – Netflix and Viu – are faring. South-Eastern Asia has been targeted by many media companies attracted […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Picking out pay TV patterns in North America

Pay TV in North America is a market in decline, yet revenues remain higher than those of online video subscriptions. Sarah Henschel, principal analyst for media & entertainment at research firm Omdia, tells TBI what to expect next. Rewind six years, and the pay TV penetration rates in the US and Canada both stood stood […]

Why serving diversity within diversity matters

Narendra Reddy, EVP & general manager at The Africa Channel, tells TBI about his company’s mission to serve the African Diaspora and why a cycle of economic inclusion is vital to improving diversity. Last year brought to the forefront the critical need for diversity and inclusion in every industry around the world. While the disparities […]

TBI Weekly: What the UK’s kids commissioners want & why

As the Children’s Media Conference comes to a close, TBI’s deputy editor Mark Layton hears from bosses at Netflix, the BBC, Sky and others to find out what’s on their programming wishlists. Kids and youth TV is in demand like never before, as global streamers vie with broadcasters for eye-catching content to differentiate their offerings. […]

How producers plotted a path for ‘Paradiso’ amid Covid

Eva Kemme & Martin Heisler of Germany’s Flare Entertainment tell TBI how a travelling doctor and a sense of solidarity helped them overcome last-minute location changes and Covid-enforced restrictions while filming Sky original drama Paradiso.  Winning a commission from a broadcaster is always a great feeling. Winning a commission from a broadcaster with shooting locations […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Why Televisa & Univision’s merger has global implications

The $4.8bn merger of Mexican giant Grupo Televisa and US Hispanic operator Univision looks likely to have global implications. Adam Thomas, senior principal analyst for TV & Online Video at research powerhouse Omdia, explains how. The decision by Mexico’s leading broadcaster Grupo Televisa to merge its media, content, and production businesses with US broadcast group […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking what’s in store at CMC 2021

Last year’s Children’s Media Conference (CMC) was one of the myriad events forced to go online almost overnight as a result of the pandemic, but organising 2021’s event has been a far smoother affair. Helen Dugdale finds out what’s in store. With a packed agenda of webinars and panels playing host to broadcasters, co-producers, funders […]

TBI In Conversation: Hit+Run’s Rob Shaftel on character-driven factual, Netflix & Shark Week

Hit+Run’s Rob Shaftel looks back on five years of factual production, reveals his hunt for co-pro opportunities and teases upcoming projects with global streamers.  Rob Shaftel launched his New York-based factual production company Hit+Run five years ago and the exec says his “genre agnostic” approach to content creation has been a boon in navigating the changing […]