TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: Top takeaways from Series Mania

At Series Mania in Lille this week Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke of investing US$1bn in original film and TV in Europe. He looked forward to the opening of the Paris office, adding “it had never been our initiative to export Hollywood to the world”. As strategies go it’s perhaps not rocket science […]

TBI Weekly: Brexit fallout signals more competition for UK businesses

One week away from the UK’s Brexit deadline, it remains unclear what the country’s quest to exit the European Union really means, but one thing industry players are certain of is that an exit from the territory will ensure more competition for the UK’s production and broadcast businesses. While many are reluctant to catastrophise over […]

TBI Weekly: “Showtime” for Apple, but still a long road ahead for content

All signs lead to Apple making a big TV reveal on 25 March after the company sent invitations this week, but some say the tech giant has a long way to go before it becomes a fully-fledged Netflix competitor. News may have dropped that Apple is sending out invites for a star-studded event that will […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix regime change signals new opportunities for international

Netflix is the latest player to join in on an extensive executive overhaul out of the US that has seen major top-level regime changes at the likes of WarnerMedia and NBC. It was revealed this week that the global SVOD has lost three top lieutenants, with execs such as Erik Barmack, VP of international originals […]

TBI Weekly: CNN’s Amy Entelis on how to build an Oscar-nominated doc

Since launching an originals strategy in 2012, CNN has built a formula for its series and films that has repeatedly produced award-winning non-scripted programming. This formula, according to Amy Entelis, executive VP for talent and content development at CNN Worldwide, is based on building context for audiences as they encounter increasingly complex political and social […]

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]

TBI Weekly: Berlinale spotlights Netflix’s sour reception amidst Europe’s scripted boom

The growing influence of European series was evident at Berlinale’s fourth TV market, which hosted some of the biggest small-screen players, including Netflix – which, at times, received a less than desirable reception. Netflix was on the charm offensive at this year’s event, bringing titles to screen and a list of execs to schmooze with […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix’s record doc deal reveals “hunger” for youth-skewing fare

Netflix knocked down the house this week, dishing out a record-breaking $10m for a high-profile doc on newly appointed US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC – revealing a growing drive towards youth-targeting feature docs.  The sale for Rachel Lear’s Knock Down The House out of Sundance last week is the most lucrative doc […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]