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TBI Weekly: Disneyflix takes shape

Disney’s upcoming streaming service was high on everyone’s mind this week, as new details were revealed about what will be featured on the platform and how much it is likely to charge viewers. We know now, thanks to its Q3 earnings report, that the Disney-branded service will launch in late 2019 and has “numerous original […]

TBI Weekly: Virgin Media’s potential channel wipeout

This week, Virgin Media’s carriage disputes with content providers dominated the conversation in the TV industry. A small spat between UKTV and the service provider has gained momentum after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on how much Virgin should be paying for UKTV’s portfolio of ten channels. As a result, channels such […]

TBI Weekly: Are physical game shows the current format favourites?

There seems to be an abundance of physical game show formats this year, trumping the ever-popular dating titles that dominated the majority of 2017. Will they be leading the way for international sales at this year’s MIPCOM? Since the glory days of Gladiators, watching regular human beings attempt superhuman feats in some form of inflatable […]

TBI Weekly: Is it the end of HBO as we know it?

John Stankey’s bid to “alter and change” HBO’s direction got people talking this week. Is this the end of the boutique operation as we know it? While talking to staffers on the impact the network’s recent merger with AT&T would have, he said the outfit would have to get “bigger and broader”. Despite never uttering […]

TBI Weekly: What Disney & Sony are looking for in kids programming

This week, execs from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Disney EMEA described the projects they would like to see on their slate in the coming years, during a panel discussion at The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK. Since joining SPT as VP of kids and youth in January, Sarah Muller says Sony channels POP, […]

TBI Weekly: Is Spotify joining the TV hustle?

This week, Spotify hired a TV veteran as its new content chief, which some predict is a sign that the streamer may make a serious push into TV. Dawn Ostroff joins from Condé Nast where she was president of entertainment. The exec joined the publisher in 2011 where she helped found Condé Nast Entertainment and […]

TBI Weekly: Disney may win the Fox race

This week, the bidding war between Disney and Comcast for Fox assets got all the more valuable as the mouse house upped its offering to $71.3 billion (£53.7 billion). The move may well be the final blow to Comcast, with 21st Century Fox describing the bid as “superior”. “We are extremely proud of the businesses […]

TBI Weekly: Key takeaways from NEM

Croatia’s New Europe Market (NEM) received over 800 participants this week, making it the event’s most successful year yet, as TV execs gathered to discuss what’s working for Central and Eastern Europe and what’s not. In case you didn’t get to make it to Dubrovnik’s sunny coastlines, here’s a round-up of the key themes at […]

TBI Weekly: Instagram will not host the next Game of Thrones

This week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Instagram may allow video uploads up to an hour long on its app, but it’s unlikely the tech company will be taking on the likes of Netflix or HBO quite yet. The Facebook-owned app has apparently been having conversations with a range of content makers, publishers and […]

TBI Weekly: UK broadcasters band together

As major global entertainment companies increasingly pursue M&A activity to fend off the threat of tech organisations, we’ve recently seen signals from UK broadcasters that collaboration is high priority for them too. Just this week, it was revealed that the BBC is considering a joint venture with ITV to take over UKTV – part owned […]

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