AVOD streamer Tubi unveils plans for UK launch and kids service

AVOD service Tubi is to launch in the UK in 2020 and has unveiled plans to launch a dedicated children’s service around the world later this month. Farhad Massoudi, CEO at the fast-growing streamer, used his keynote speech at MIPCOM today to confirm that the company would expand into the UK early next year, with […]

China’s Youku boards ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’

Chinese streaming giant Youku has boarded Genius Brands International’s animated series Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.  The deal will see the Alibaba-backed streamer co-producing the children’s series – TBI Kids’ Top Pick for MIPCOM – and bringing it to Chinese audiences. TBI understands that Youku has taken a stake in the show’s IP across broadcast, digital […]

Exclusive: Sky Studios’ Jane Millichip urges plastics and ‘corporate tat’ ban at markets

Sky Studios chief commercial officer Jane Millichip has urged the TV industry to rapidly improve its approach to the environment by banning “crap and pointless corporate gifts” and calling on event organisers to make markets and festivals carbon neutral and free from single-use plastics. Millichip was speaking at yesterday’s Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes, […]

Endemol Shine, Kew, Sky among Content Innovation Award winners

Endemol Shine Group and Kew Media were among the stand-out winners at the fifth Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes tonight, while Sky picked up the Best Debut Drama Series award for its hit show Chernobyl. At a packed event at the Majestic Hotel, Chernobyl beat off finalists including Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Patrick Melrose and Bavaria […]

Greta’s green wave reaches kids’ TV

As Greta Thunberg hits the US and Noga Levy-Rapoport beats the drum for climate change, broadcasters and producers are taking notes and brainstorming how best to get the message through to their youngest audiences. Helen Dugdale reports While teen activists such as Noga Levy-Rapoport and Greta Thunberg take to the podium to shame those in […]

Kids content: Young and free

Kids have been the most ardent adopters of the OTT wave, with younger viewers in many territories now watching rapidly decreasing amounts of traditional linear TV. For distributors, the implications are clear but opportunities are emerging Market consolidation and the ongoing rise of SVOD services are among the biggest disruptors to the distribution of kids […]

Conclusion: Condensed thinking

TBI’s 2019 Distributor Survey has illustrated both the opportunities and the ‘glass-half full’ outlook of many distributors, but also the differing challenges facing those operating across scripted, unscripted, formats and kids. Across all four sections of TBI’s 2019 Distributor Survey, there were a couple of key takeaways that keenly highlight just how the business of […]

Exclusive: NENT Group’s content, co-productions and acquisitions team revealed

Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group’s recently appointed chief content officer Filippa Wallestam has named a six-pronged senior exec team to oversee content, international co-productions and acquisitions for the company. NENT, which operates numerous Nordic channel brands such as TV3 as well as streamer Viaplay and AVOD sibling Viafree, named Wallestam as its EVP & chief content […]

Exclusive: Cathy Payne to leave Endemol Shine International

Endemol Shine International’s CEO Cathy Payne is to step down in early 2020, TBI has confirmed. Payne’s decision has been in the works for a couple of months and transition plans are now in the works for a replacement. She told staff at the distribution giant today, ahead of MIPCOM next week. In a memo […]

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