TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: The decade ahead

TBI has spoken to an array of leading execs from around the world to get their take on how the TV business is changing and what their businesses are doing about it. From streaming and short-form to distribution and development, we delve into the major trends affecting the content business right now and explore how […]

TBI Weekly: TBI’s favourite shows of 2019

2019 has been another stellar year for TV and the team here at TBI has been attempting to watch as much of it as humanly possible. Below are some of the choicest cuts from the past 12 months, handpicked from the ever-expanding smorgasbord of content on offer. RICHARD MIDDLETON Editor Top show: The End Of […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from NEM Zagreb

From Netflix’s treatment of non-English language dramas to the potential problem of over-production in the Nordics, the topics at NEM Zagreb this week were many and varied. TBI picks out five trends which emerged from the array of international producers, distributors and broadcasters in Croatia this week. Diluting the brand Scripted product out of the […]

TBI Weekly: Pulling back the curtain on HBO Max

When the major US studios and tech giants unveiled plans to launch their own streamers, no one knew quite what that meant. Fast-forward two years, and things are becoming much clearer. Disney+ is going global with a smorgasbord of library content and an array of originals such as The Mandalorian; Apple TV has unveiled a […]

TBI Weekly: How mega-mergers are set to impact third-party distribution deals

A frenzied period of consolidation is beginning to leave an indelible mark on the distribution business as more projects and producers find themselves caught in the crosshairs of mergers. Mega-deals such as Comcast’s acquisition of Sky, the impending Banijay-Endemol merger and a Red Arrow sale on the horizon are changing the face of the distribution […]

TBI Weekly: Why companion podcasts are the new switchover programmes

Never mind cranking TV shows out of podcast IP, the real sweet spot in the audio world today is the companion podcast, with broadcasters increasingly commissioning audio production ventures for these popular brand extensions.  Tim Hammond, executive director of audio production giant Listen, says companion podcasts – which generally provide a deep dive or behind-the-scenes […]

TBI Weekly: How a US private equity firm is betting on Germany

US-based private equity house KKR has had a busy year in Germany. The New York outfit started 2019 without a foothold in the country but, barely 11 months later, has just tied up a deal for two of Germany’s best known producers. But far from being a one-off piece of M&A activity, the acquisition reflects […]

TBI Weekly: Why the face-off for ‘Taskmaster’ could be ‘Bake Off’ 2.0

Three years after Love Productions marched Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4, history is repeating itself with Avalon’s Taskmaster, which is unlikely to return to UKTV’s Dave and will likely land on Channel 4 or the BBC, all of which begs the question: is this the new normal for prize formats? Manori Ravindran […]

TBI Weekly: How and why private equity is getting into TV

It’s been a busy few months for M&A execs around the world. From Banijay’s acquisition of Endemol Shine Group to Hasbro buying Entertainment One and the numerous deals in between, one thing is clear: the market for production companies is hot. And while those billion dollar deals might seem some way from the day-to-day regime […]

TBI Weekly: Why Banijay wanted Endemol Shine Group

As far as ‘will they won’t they’ takeover stories go, Banijay Group’s courtship of Endemol Shine Group has been a classic. The Vivendi-backed French firm, already fattened up by its acquisition of Zodiak Media in 2016, emerged as a frontrunner for ESG last year but it took 12 months of pushing and pulling before it […]