TBI Weekly

TBI Weekly: Our top stories of 2018

It has been exactly a year to the day since Disney revealed its proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox – a landmark takeover that has, in many ways, laid the foundation for the tectonic shifts in the media landscape across 2018. Mega-mergers such as Discovery’s acquisition of Scripps, Comcast’s Sky takeover and AT&T’s Time Warner […]

TBI Weekly: Takeaways from the UBS Media Conference – Netflix, WarnerMedia & CBS

At this week’s UBS Media and Communications conference, Netflix, WarnerMedia and CBS hit the headlines over that $100m licensing deal for Friends and talking up how they will stay competitive in the SVOD space, but here’s some bits you might have missed… Netflix Why its programming spend won’t stop for some time Netflix will reportedly spend near $13bn […]

TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

TBI Weekly: Could Barclays’ SVOD fund go global?

Barclays Corporate Banking is looking to expand its SVOD investment fund outside the UK as demand from production companies reaches unprecedented levels. Lorraine Ruckstuhl, head of media for Barclays Corporate Banking, tells TBI that the bank is now considering a global expansion as it fields queries from international businesses keen to stem cash flow problems […]

TBI Weekly: Spotify re-enters the programming game

Spotify has been reaching out to select producers for new video content as it looks to once again populate its platform with music-focused programming. On the heels of news that the platform has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s acting president Sarah Elhabashi as its new content business VP, one producer has told TBI that they were approached […]

TBI Weekly: 10 things we know about Disney’s 2019 strategy

Disney revealed crucial details this week around its plans for Fox’s entertainment assets and how they fit into the business’s wider SVOD plans. We now know that the turbo-charged service set to give Netflix a run for its money is Disney+, which will launch with brands including Nat Geo, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Disney […]

TBI Weekly: Linear TV showing “no new signs of life”

Linear television is showing no new signs of life and mega-mergers could be a boon for addressable TV, according to the second annual ‘State of Video’ report from the WPP-owned advertising media giant GroupM.  The report paints a gloomy but stable picture for linear TV, whose falling ratings and lack of innovative ad formats are […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix cancellations in context

The recent slew of Netflix cancellations can reveal some important strategy plans coming from the platform, according to TV consultant Stephen Arnell. “Recent cancellations on Netflix display an increasingly focused approach and a realisation of the evolving SVoD market,” he says. Just this week, it was revealed that the company will pull the plug on […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Comcast, Sky and the Murdochs?

As 21st Century Fox walks away from Sky after selling its 39% stake in the business to Comcast, Ampere Analysis research director Guy Bisson predicts that Sky will transform – but don’t expect major changes. Believe it or not, but I was one of Sky TV’s very first employees. Back in the late 1980s while […]