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What Netflix’s Q4 results tell us about its 2019 strategy

Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings did not yield the stellar results widely anticipated, but analysts tell TBI that the business’s stagnation in the US, discussion of pay-TV relationships and glimpse into viewership figures provide key clues about its strategy for the year. The streaming giant posted revenues of $4.19bn, and finished 2018 with 139m paying memberships, up […]

BBC’s first female deputy director-general steps down

Anne Bulford, the BBC’s first deputy director-general, has decided to leave the BBC in the spring of 2019 to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles. Director general Tony Hall and the BBC Board thanked Bulford for her work in a statement. The team said she “helped transform the BBC”. Bulford has been in the role […]

BT content director Tony Singh joins UK Cricket Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed BT’s content and business development director Tony Singh as its new chief commercial officer. Singh, who takes up his role in April, will oversee all revenue generation and its key commercial relationships, as well as customer-facing activities. He replaces Sanjay Patel, who will focus solely on […]

ITV’s Love Island heads to Belgium, the Netherlands & Poland

ITV Studios and Motion Content Group hit format Love Island will be adapted in Belgium and Poland in 2019. In Belgium, SBS has licensed the format and will co-produce with RTL in the Netherlands. This will feature Islanders from both countries and be co-produced by Lecter Belgium and ITV Studios Netherlands. Elsewhere, Polsat has ordered […]

BritBox surpasses half million subscribers

BritBox, the SVOD owned by BBC Studios and ITV, has reached 500,000 subscribers, doubling the figure year-on-year. The service, which claims to be home to the largest collection of British streaming content in the US and Canada, launched in the US in March 2017. It says it is the fastest growing SVOD in the US […]

Genius Brands hires Ludorum exec for int’l sales

Genius Brands has hired Ludorum’s MD Natalie Setton to head up international content sales. Setton is tasked with driving international sales of Genius Brands’ titles, including its recently debuted hit CGI-animated series Rainbow Rangers and Netflix Original preschool series Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner. Additional content sales under Setton’s charge include Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, […]

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse sets senior team

Wheelhouse Entertainment, led by former ITV America boss Brent Montgomery (pictured), has set the company’s senior team with five key hires. ESPN’s strategy and business development executive Julie Souza has joined as chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s operations. She will be involved with the Wheelhouse’s corporate and strategic planning as well as business development. […]

TBI Weekly: Endemol Shine to monetise ‘deep’ catalogue via Amazon AVOD

As test partner to Freedive, the new ad-supported streamer from Amazon and IMDb, Endemol Shine hopes to replicate the success it has had with Amazon’s self-publishing Video Direct service, which has offered ESG’s titles ‘tens of millions of minutes’ of viewing time on a daily basis. Freedive launched in the US last week with a string […]

Exclusive: Amazon UK hires ITN’s development head for commissioner role

Amazon has hired ITN Productions’ head of development Dan Grabiner, TBI has confirmed.  The exec, who will be based out of Amazon Prime Video’s UK offices, is to serve as a commissioner for the streaming giant. He has been known to be leaving the Drug Lords producer since December. The news arrives shortly after the team […]

Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

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