Opinion: Is it too late to join the train to Asian content?

TBI’s resident format expert, Siobhan Crawford, explores how the clamour for Asian IP is affecting opportunities and asks what needs to change to increase sales into the region Pop Quiz. Let’s all say the things that spring to mind when thinking about the Asian unscripted formats market. I will predict your answers: The Masked Singer, […]

TBI Asia: Why the world has turned its eyes to Japanese content

Japan’s unique TV ecosystem is drawing global attention from those looking for new ideas and fresh IP. Nick Edwards explores how partnerships are flourishing Japan’s TV industry is sometimes referred to as the ‘Galapagos islands’ of the global market. Its thriving local ecosystem is largely independent of the rest of the world yet has spawned […]

UK indie Woodcut promotes new exec producer & MD of sales

UK indie Woodcut Media has promoted series producer Nick Mavroidakis to executive producer, while Koulla Anastasi has been upped to MD of Woodcut International. Mavroidakis will take up his new role in January 2023 and will take the creative lead on several Woodcut franchises. According to Woodcut: “He will work with the team to ensure the shows continue […]

Tin Roof names former Banijay boss as executive chairman

Tin Roof Media has appointed former Banijay and The Ink Factory senior exec Rod Henwood as executive chairman. Henwood has served as non-executive chairman of the group, which owns UK prodcos Blink Films and Outline Productions, since 2019. His new role will see him lead the company’s growth strategy, with the group forecasting a 40% […]

Fremantle ups veteran exec to CEO of Asia & Latin America

Fremantle has promoted veteran exec Ganesh Rajaram to CEO of Asia and Latin America. In his new role, Rajaram will oversee all aspects of Fremantle’s production business in these regions, with the managing directors for India, Mexico and Indonesia all reporting to him. Singapore-based Rajaram will report directly to Fremantle Group CEO Jennifer Mullin and […]

Warner Bros. Discovery execs depart in Europe, incl SVP of HBO Max in EMEA

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)’s ongoing restructuring has seen a flurry of changes across Europe, with a reorganisation in Germany and the exit of Christian Toksvig, SVP of HBO Max in EMEA. Former Astro and iFlix exec Toksvig was most recently overseeing commercial strategy and partnerships at the WBD-owned streamer, taking up his role at the […]

Amazon global media & entertainment chief Jeff Blackburn set to retire

Amazon veteran Jeff Blackburn, who is currently the retailer’s SVP of global media & entertainment, is to retire in January. Blackburn has been with the US giant for more than 20 years and took up his most current remit, which covered oversight of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, last year following a sabbatical. He also […]

News round-up: SBS options AfterShock title; Estonia lands ‘The Secret Song’; WildBrain partners with Ukrainian Glowberry for ‘Brave Bunnies’

SBS options AfterShock title SBS in Australia has agreed a deal to option AfterShock Comics’ title The Normals via prodco Werner Films. The Adam Glass-penned title will be executive produced by Werner Films’ Joanna Werner and Stuart Menzies alongside Glass and AfterShock’s Jon Kramer, Carrie Stein and Lee Kramer. Louise Fox will showrun the series […]

AMC Networks eyes $475m restructuring cost as programming execs depart

AMC Networks expects to face restructuring costs of between $350m and $475m as it seeks to turn the company around, while the shock departure of CEO Christina Spade earlier this week has been followed by several other senior exits. The restructuring plan, which will see up to 20% of staff leaving, is designed to achieve […]

Netflix’s Larry Tanz dismisses creative change to allow for ads, remains cool on FAST

Netflix does not want creators to change the way they write their shows despite the launch of its advertising tier, according EMEA chief Larry Tanz. The Netflix topper told delegates at UK conference Content London that his team was “not changing the creative at all” and said that tweaking shows to provide for more opportunities […]