China’s Alibaba & Tencent ‘held talks’ to acquire rival iQiyi, report claims

  Chinese online giants Alibaba and Tencent have both held separate talks with Baidu over buying a controlling stake in rival streaming platform iQIYI, according to reports. Both companies are interested in increasing their empires by adding what is widely seen as the Chinese equivalent of Netflix to their ranks, according to sources cited by […]

UK’s Channel 4 launches $40m content fund and unveils strategy for digital pivot

UK comcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a new corporate strategy called Future4, which will see the company accelerate its transition to digital, placing a renewed focus on its streaming services, while also launching a new £30m ($40m) content fund. Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon has set out the primary objectives as part of the five-year […]

TBI in Conversation: Taking Grandpa’s wisdom to the world

UK producer Caroline Roberts-Cherry, MD of Saffron Cherry Productions, tells Mark Layton how her new BFI-funded children’s series ‘The World According To Grandpa’ is readymade for international adaptation. The World According To Grandpa, a new children’s series from Manchester-based Saffron Cherry Productions, debuts in the UK tomorrow on Channel 5’s kids programming block Milkshake! Based on […]

Amazon Prime, Endemol Shine France prep remake of Japanese comedy format

Amazon Prime Video is working with Endemol Shine France to produce a new version of the streamer’s Japanese comedy gameshow Documental. LOL: Tu Ris, Tu Perds will see 10 famous French comedians trying to keep a straight face while simultaneously attempting to make their opponents laugh, in a competition for a grand prize of €100,000 […]

Germany’s Leonine hires former Red Arrow Studios creative chief Nina Etspueler

Private equity-backed German studio Leonine has hired Red Arrow Studios’ former group creative director Nina Etspueler to lead the fast-growing company’s entertainment interests and launch her own production label. She will join Leonine as head of entertainment development from 1 January and reports directly into CEO, Fred Kogel. Etspueler will oversee the development and cooperation of […]

Netflix settles ‘Black Mirror’ lawsuit over interactive ‘Bandersnatch’ episode

Netflix has settled a long-running lawsuit over an Emmy-winning interactive episode from its Black Mirror series. A US district court judge confirmed that the global streamer had reached a settlement with the plaintiff, who had tried to get the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch episode removed. ‘Choosing your own adventure’ The disagreement around the Charlie Brooker-created show – which […]

Studio Lambert’s Tania Alexander leaves ‘Gogglebox’ prodco

Studio Lambert’s Tania Alexander, who oversees the All3Media-owned prodco’s UK hit series Gogglebox, is leaving the company. Alexander had been with the prolific production house for more than a decade, including six years as director of factual entertainment. She co-created and oversaw Gogglebox for the UK’s Channel 4 and has also been behind shows including […]

Five ways to use brands to fund your factual production

Dominic de Terville, director of branded content at the UK’s Zinc Media, tells TBI why now is the time to embrace new funding models and offers five key pointers to ensure your show gets off the ground. The programme commissioning and funding landscape has changed all over the world. Producer-sourced funding is now required across […]

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