TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: Why Quibi’s failure isn’t the end for shortform

Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO at global shortform streamer discover.film, digs into the reasons behind Quibi’s closure after just seven months – and considers what it means for the shortform genre as a whole. So somewhat sadly but unsurprisingly, Quibi has shut up shop almost as quickly as it opened – but what is the reason behind such […]

TBI Weekly: What MIPCOM Online+ delivered this week

It has been a MIPCOM like no other and yet despite the lack of rosé and late-night gossiping on the Croisette, distributors and buyers still came together – with numerous deals emerging over the past five days. Here, TBI reflects on some of the key pick-ups to have been revealed over the week and explores […]

TBI Weekly: Dialling down on distribution ahead of MIPCOM Online+

This year’s pre-MIPCOM rush has felt like nothing else before it, not least because no one is counting down the hours before their plane, train or automobile whisks them off to the French Riviera for a few days of frenetic selling and networking – and a glass of rosé or six. Despite this, there has […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from the UK production census

UK trade body Pact today unveiled its annual production census, revealing record figures driven largely by international commissions. Here, we explore five key findings. Global relevance One of the stand-out finding from Pact’s UK Production Census 2020 was the huge growth of revenue driven by international commissions. These were up by 40% on 2018, from […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week of scripted developments

Scripted has been at the centre of a storm since Covid-19 landed as global lockdowns halted filming, threw production companies’ futures in the air and played havoc with commissioning plans. This past week, however, has seen a flurry of activity that suggests the sector is rapidly adapting to the new normal. ITV Studios snags Nicola […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

TBI Weekly: Why global partners are key to Tim Davie’s BBC

BBC chief Tim Davie’s first week as head of the world’s best-known public broadcaster is almost over, but it has not been without its headline-grabbing moments. Most of those came yesterday, when the former Pepsi marketing man and ex-BBC Studios CEO outlined his vision for the broadcaster in an introductory speech, confirming expected job losses […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival

The 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival’s virtual nature didn’t stop the annual event from making an impact with its stay-at-home viewers, not least because a jam-packed schedule threw up plenty of talking points over the week. Discussions around diversity and inclusivity were top of the agenda but action was also apparent, with UK broadcasting duo ITV […]

TBI Weekly: What does TikTok’s first reality show mean for TV?

ELF Cosmetics might not be on the tip of your tongue when it comes to discussing the latest developments in TV land, but perhaps it should be. There again, TikTok might not be seen as the place to break a new format, but perhaps it also should be. Earlier this week, the social media darling/danger […]

TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]