Features


Creatives: Charlie Brooker

Creator, Black Mirror, A Touch of Cloth Having been a journalist with a weekly column in British newspaper The Guardian in which he took apart (and occasionally) praised various TV shows, the boot was well and truly on the other foot when Charlie Brooker launched his own show, Black Mirror. “I am aware of that, […]

Ben Silverman: Past, present, future

Ben Silverman is a US media executive with a rare understanding of the international TV market. Having been instrumental in bringing numerous shows and formats to the US, he, by way of a stint at NBC, founded Electus. He talks to TBI about the shows he believes have shaped the TV business and the Electus […]

Blinkbox snags HBO content

Blinkbox has inked a deal with HBO that gives it UK rights to raft of content including season two of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Sky has an output deal with HBO and exclusively airs all of the premium channel’s series on its Sky Atlantic channel. However, over-the-top service Blinkbox has inked an electronic […]

A Korea in formats

Danny Fenton, CEO, Zig Zag Productions Having only previously visited Asia for my holidays, I have now visited the Far East twice in the last few months to discuss programme-making and selling formats internationally. The news of Zig Zag’s successful visit to China and Japan before Christmas last year was heard across the Yellow Sea […]

The Glass House controversy is bad news for reality TV

The recent spat between ABC and CBS over the former’s new reality series The Glass House, which CBS alleges is a rip off of Big Brother, undermines the protection of formats and has potentially damaging long-term consequences. So says entertainment lawyer Jonathan Coad, founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association and a partner […]

DISH’s AutoHop move could smash an US$11 billion hole in the US TV business model

Adam Thomas, Media Research Manager, Informa Telecoms & Media In the 1970s, English soccer enforcer Norman Hunter gained an iconic status for extolling the virtues of “getting your retaliation in first.” And so it was that yesterday pay TV operator DISH and three of the major US TV networks (FOX, CBS and NBC) all rushed […]

Getting creative wth eBooks

Kevin Gillis, CEO, Skyreader Media on creating content for interactive eBooks As we begin to create for the new interactive eBook platform, producers are searching for new ways to use today’s technology. Initial approaches have been to reinvent long-proven traditional content – whether it’s public domain material or books that have existed in the traditional […]

Producers and distributors: we need to talk

Richard Life, head of acquisitions & coproductions, ITV Studios Global Entertainment The holy grail of our business will always be that gem of a programme which sells…everywhere. But whilst that one consistent remains true everything else is changing. In the UK alone there are over 30 distributors but the number of producers who remain independent […]

History with a twist

David McNab, creative director for Wide-Eyed Entertainment on bringing an interesting twist to history programming. For factual TV producers, history surely offers more creative possibilities than any other genre. There are many ways to tell a story from the past – from reality or “living” history through to Ridley Scott epics, on a micro budget […]

Time for a teen takeover at BBC Three?

The news that BBC Three boss Danny Cohen has been promoted to controller of UK public broadcaster the BBC’s flagship channel BBC One comes as no surprise; despite BBC Vision boss Jana Bennett’s recent assertions that Cohen would continue to run the youth-skewing network, it was obvious to most that he was being primed for […]