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TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix finds its ‘Love Island’ amid unscripted drive

A year on since forming its UK outpost and months out from launching Paris and Berlin bases, Netflix was out in force at the Edinburgh TV Festival, having made a raft of reality commissions, including a Love Island-style format, TBI understands.  It is believed that the SVOD giant has finally found its take on the […]

TBI Weekly: ViacomCBS, a US deal with global implications

CBS and Viacom’s merger might have created a $30bn US-based content company but a foray into their assets reveals a swathe of interests that stretch far beyond American shores, with implications for companies in the UK, Argentina, Australia, India and beyond. In one light, the deal is simply the latest salvo in the long line […]

TBI Weekly: What happens when limited series become unlimited?

If the behind-the-scenes turmoil of HBO’s Big Little Lies has achieved anything, it has been to demonstrate the unique turning point faced by limited series that become unlimited. The case, however unique, begs the question: can a series really be ‘limited’ anymore when the tectonic shifts rocking the industry increasingly call for returnable hits that […]

TBI Weekly: Why ITV Studios’ Armoza deal is a watershed for unscripted

ITV Studios (ITVS) has been involved in its fair share of M&A activity over the past five years, but few deals underline a changing industry as its acquisition of Armoza Formats earlier this week. Israeli format creator and distributor Armoza Formats has been a constant at TV markets around the world over the past decade, […]

TBI Weekly: Six signs that Sky Studios is key for Comcast

Take one look at Comcast’s second quarter results revealed yesterday and it becomes abundantly clear why the NBCUniversal owner was so keen to acquire UK pay TV operator Sky. But a shifting content strategy for the Jeremy Darroch-led company has also emerged in the post-Murdoch age, which could spell opportunity for European producers. 1. A […]

TBI Weekly: What Netflix’s Q2 tells us about its long-game strategy

Netflix’s Q2 results rang alarm bells this week after the business revealed it had lost 130,000 domestic subscribers and undershot its international subs target by 1.9m, but in explaining the quarter to investors, Netflix bosses also illuminated key areas of its “long-haul” strategy.  1. Benchmarks are emerging We may be a ways off from Netflix […]

TBI Weekly: It’s Quibi or bust for short-form (Column)

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile-first service Quibi and its growing roster of A-list on and off-screen talent is shaping up to either make or break premium short-form content once and for all, writes Richard Middleton. To say it’s been a busy month for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s soon-to-launch short-form streamer Quibi would be an understatement. Greenlights […]

TBI Weekly: Women’s World Cup shows FTA broadcasters’ enduring appeal

The ratings success of the Women’s World Cup shows the power that free-to-air broadcasters around the world still wield and their potential to drive huge audiences, writes Ross Biddiscombe. There is every reason to believe that the FIFA Women’s World Cup of 2019 will be seen as a broadcasting breakthrough moment for women’s football after […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix’s rare transparency serves “global inspiration” to producers

Netflix’s unprecedented transparency in detailing its documentary strategy at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc market in France has provided “global inspiration” to producers while raising the bar for broadcasters.  A year into his role at Netflix, former Canal+ exec Diego Buñuel, who serves as a director of original documentary at the streamer, took […]