TBI Weekly: Why ITV Studios’ Armoza deal is a watershed for unscripted

ITV Studios (ITVS) has been involved in its fair share of M&A activity over the past five years, but few deals underline a changing industry as its acquisition of Armoza Formats earlier this week. Israeli format creator and distributor Armoza Formats has been a constant at TV markets around the world over the past decade, […]

BBC Studios promotes for global distribution role

BBC Studios is bringing its international sales and distribution business into a single global group with long-serving exec Paul Dempsey overseeing the newly created division. Dempsey, who has been with the BBC since 1998, will become president of global distribution and is to relocate to New York, with responsibility for BBCS’ overall sales and distribution […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios’ Africa boss to step down amid CEMA revamp

BBC Studios’ chief in Africa Joel Churcher is stepping down following a major reshuffle of the production and distribution giant’s operations in Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMA). Churcher had been VP and general manager for BBCS in Africa since 2014, overseeing strategy and business development across the continent, as well as having […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

Disney moves Hulu’s scripted team under Dana Walden

US streamer Hulu is to integrate its original scripted drama and comedy team into parent Walt Disney’s TV division, under the remit of chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment Dana Walden. Craig Erwich, senior VP of scripted originals for Hulu, will continue to lead scripted originals planning, development and commissioning for the streamer, […]

Viacom plugs My5 channels into Pluto TV

AVOD streamer Pluto TV is to launch three UK channels using content from the VOD platform of its Viacom stablemate Channel 5, focusing on crime, documentary and medical programming. Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom for $340m six months ago, will launch My5 Crime, My5 Documentaries and My5 GPs: Behind Closed Doors channels on […]

Amazon’s Jennifer Salke dismisses sharing viewership data

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke has said her company “does not embrace” sharing details of who’s watching its shows, and will not be following moves by rival Netflix in sharing viewership figures. The streamer recently cancelled four of its scripted series, including Michael Dorman-starring comedy-drama Patriot (pictured) and comedy series Forever, but Salke said the […]

Rogers Media appoints Facebook Canada boss

Rogers Media in Canada has appointed the former managing director of Facebook and Instagram in the country as its president. Jordan Banks (pictured) will take up the role on September 9 and spent seven years at Facebook and Instagram, having previously led eBay Canada. He will replace Rick Brace, who is retiring from Rogers having […]

Show of the week: ‘Jungle War’

Jungle War (4 x 60 minutes) is a doc series about some of the lesser-known conflicts of WWII and beyond – those fought in some of the world’s most hostile and challenging environments. It takes in WWII campaigns fought in the jungles of Asia/Pacific – from the Solomon Islands and New Guinea to Borneo and […]