TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: OTT players threaten British content

This week ended with BBC chief Tony Hall once again warning of the threat OTT players such as Netflix and Amazon present for UK original content. Hall said: “The reality is that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can […]

TBI Weekly: accusations cost Price his Amazon job

This week, the company most affected by sexual harassment claims outside The Weinstein Co. is undoubtedly Amazon, which has lost a string of top TV executives in the space of a week. Following the departure of Amazon’s content head Roy Price (pictured) due to sexual harassment claims, the remaining team have dropped one by one […]

TBI Weekly: What happens to The Weinstein Company?

This week was undoubtedly dominated by news that Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company (TWC), after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The move to fire Weinstein was supported by all directors of TWC including Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar. However, the […]

TBI Weekly: Uncertainty ahead for DHX

After weak quarterly financials, Canada’s DHX Media is eyeing a sale or merger of the business, which owns kids hits from the Teletubbies to In the Night Garden. The move was a shock to the wider children’s TV community. The Canadian company’s revenue of C$298.7 million (US$239 million) missed analysts lowest estimates for its fourth quarter […]

TBI Weekly: TV pays respect to top execs

Two prominent execs sadly passed away this month, with many in the industry paying respects for their former colleagues. Over the weekend it emerged that well-liked and well-respected executive David Lyle (pictured) had passed away after a long fight with cancer. Lyle was a prominent figure in the TV business and has worked across FremantleMedia North […]

TBI Weekly: new faces at Fremantle

FremantleMedia’s unscripted team in London will soon have a very different look, with Liam Humphreys making a raft of changes as Thames chief Richard Holloway exits. Humphreys, Fremantle UK’s CEO of unscripted (pictured), had decided to re-merge powerhouse production units Thames and Talkback, with Amelia Brown and Leon Wilson now running the united team. Execs […]

TBI Weekly: The best of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum took place this week, bringing in some of the best animators, distributors, producers and broadcasters in Europe to the French city of Toulouse from 11-14 September. Each year, the Forum awards Cartoon Tributes for the best broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer. A majority among the 900 attendees at the Forum voted France Télévisions as broadcaster […]

TBI Weekly: The UK’s international platform challenge

This week the UK TV industry has had its eye on what the rise of global platforms means for its local market, something that many territories will be thinking about as SVOD and digital services continue to attract young adult viewers. In his autumn statement, BBC director general Tony Hall discussed how he plans to […]

TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

TBI Weekly: Jay Hunt’s next step & other Edinburgh takeaways

Many international execs descended on Scotland’s capital this week for the annual get-together, the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Outgoing Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt was effusive when questioned about her next move on Wednesday. On suggestions she is about to take a new role at Netflix, she replied during her last ‘Meet the […]