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NATPE Hot Picks: Dating Detectives

Producer: Zig Zag, IMTV Distributor: BBC Studios Distribution Concept: A mash-up of dating and crime procedural shows Dating Detectives is, as its title suggests, a format that mashes up elements of dating and detective shows. Real-life detectives are drafted in to help singletons find their ideal partner, using their investigation techniques (forensics, interrogation, psychological profiling […]

NATPE Hot Picks: When I Grow Up

Producer: Optomen UK Distributor: All3Media International Broadcaster: Channel 4 (UK) concept: What happens when you allow a group of 7 to 9 year old kids to take over your company for a week? Shows where kids take centre stage are extremely popular the world over, and When I Grow Up is a clever take on […]

NATPE Hot Picks: Dead Man’s Line

Producer: Alan Berry Distributor: Scorpion TV Concept: A gripping documentary about a high-profile US kidnapping case from 1977 Dead Man’s Line looks well placed to help meet high broadcaster and streamer demand for feature length, true crime documentaries. It’s the story of a shocking kidnapping that gripped the US in 1977, when Tony Kiritsis, who […]

NATPE Hot Picks: Mr. Nelson on The North Side

Producer: Dan D’Or, Michael J. Kirk Distributor: Kew Media Distribution Concept: Everyone knows the name Prince, few knew the man. Mr. Nelson On The North uncovers the person behind the hype Nearly three years since he died, Prince remains a subject of huge fascination. Ava Du Vernay (Selma, 13th) is, for example, helming a documentary about the life of Prince […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

LatAm scripted: The end of telenovelas?

For decades, the telenovela has been Latin America’s flagship TV genre, seducing audiences around the world. But shifts in the landscape have pushed the region’s TV giants to usher in a new generation that targets international markets and streaming platforms. Emiliano de Pablos reports. A powerhouse of creative TV talent in Latin America is re-defining […]

The TBI interview: Inside No. Nine

Hamish Turner, programme director for Australia’s Nine Network, outlines the channel’s strategy post-Fairfax Media merger. Manori Ravindran reports. With complete control of regional SVOD Stan and a diversifying content strategy, Australia’s Nine Network is poised to become an industry heavyweight. The commercial channel’s acquisition of Fairfax Media sent shockwaves across the industry when it was […]

How Netflix is shaking up the documentary world

Netflix is raising the bar for factual to premium levels and introducing ‘box sets’ and ‘binge-watching’ into commissioning vocabulary, all while growing traditional broadcasters’ budgets and ambitions for documentary. Tim Dams reports. Netflix has famously spent its way into the homes of viewers around the world by backing original dramas such as The Crown, 13 […]

Inside UK drama’s tipping point

As 2019 kicks off with the anticipation of new drama-packed SVODs, Neal Street Productions co-founder Dame Pippa Harris tells Kaltrina Bylykbashi how the rise of streamers has left UK drama at a dangerous tipping point For Dame Pippa Harris, and her Neal Street Productions, which All3Media brought under its umbrella in 2015, there is much […]