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TBI Tech & Analysis: Emerging super-trends for 2021

2020 has brought unprecedented change for the content business, with Covid-19 acting as an accelerant on an already rapidly changing sector. Maria Rua Aguete, senior research director for TV, video & advertising at TBI sibling Omdia, tells Richard Middleton what we can expect in 2021. Vertical integration in the media world was already well underway […]

Well-being: Why owning beats moaning

In this edition’s well-being column, executive coach Tracy Forsyth explains how to own situations rather than moan about them. I was once droning on to a production co-ordinator about how draining I found people who just went on and on, and moaned and moaned and were just so negative. Nadia, the production co-ordinator, a hugely […]

Arrow Media’s Anna Davies talks 2020’s key factual trends

Anna Davies, executive producer, development, at UK-based factual producer Arrow Media discusses some of the key trends to have emerged in the factual space over recent months. Staying on top of factual trends is development 101. There is now a strong sense of business getting back to normal, following the initial impact of Covid, as our resilient […]

TBI In Conversation: Autentic MD on the future of factual

Autentic MD Patrick Hörl tells Richard Middleton how his German factual producer and distributor responded to surging demand as Covid-19 landed and why co-productions and streamers are key. When the severity of the global pandemic hit countries outside of China in March, the long-term impacts were not front of mind. Over the course of just […]

TBI In Conversation: TikTok’s European chief on brands, formats & drama

TikTok has exploded into the public consciousness like few – if any other – video-led service before it. UK & Europe chief Rich Waterworth tells Richard Middleton how he sees the future panning out. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already downloaded TikTok onto your phone. And if you’ve not, you probably should. Few […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Peacock takes flight as subs flock in

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock might have had its feathers ruffled by the global pandemic affecting its originals line-up, but its vast library seems to have worked wonders on new customers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months to the end […]

Diversity: Nurturing conversation around representation

In the second instalment of her new monthly column, the Creative Diversity Network’s executive director Deborah Williams explains why every conversation matters in the discussion around representation. Diversity is a strange place to be at the moment. The idea that your life’s work is suddenly in vogue is what you dream about. It’s like arriving […]

TBI In Conversation: Globo director Patricia Pedrosa on female-driven drama

Patricia Pedrosa, director of Brazilian scripted series All Women In The World (aka Todas As Mulheres Do Mundo), talks to TBI about the newly launched female-driven drama and what it brings to screen for Globo audiences. Globo’s latest scripted series All Women In The World is inspired by characters from the eponymous movie from the 1960s, but […]

Go big or go small? Sales chiefs talk global deals

Covid-19’s impact on production coincided with US studios going direct-to-consumer, creating what appeared to be a sales opportunity like no other. Richard Middleton catches up with the world’s top distribution execs to gauge whether it was a fruitful summer US studios’ plans to launch their own streamers had been known for some time by the […]

Future-proofing formats; securing sales in a pandemic

With the pandemic upending the TV industry across the world, Mark Layton finds out what the impact has been on the global format sales business and how it has adapted to the new normal. As the world continues to grapple with the impact of Covid-19, and broadcasters find their budgets stretched thin, the knock-on effect […]