TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: Everyone’s looking at toons for grown-ups

This week, Hulu’s deal with Nick Weidenfeld, the former Adult Swim head of development, shows the increasing appetite networks are demonstrating towards adult toons. There has been a buzz at the start of this year around toons for grown-ups as every major SVOD platform has picked up at least one new series. Netflix kicked off […]

TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

TBI Weekly: Why BT’s move away from drama might not be a bad idea

This week, BT boss Gavin Patterson (above) pledged that he would not invest in original dramas and focus on sport, which, contrary to received wisdom, may be a very good idea on his part. Going against the grain is a brave move, especially when drama is widely seen to be driving viewership for a range […]

TBI Weekly: Originals propel local SVOD success

This week, MTG revealed its Nordic SVOD service Viaplay has seen positive results as the streamer brought in more originals than ever in 2017. During this time, and with eight new originals in tow, the Nordic service has seen viewing time increase by 25%, and the number of customers grow by 21% between 2016 and […]

TBI Weekly: BBC Worldwide Showcase and the UK Screenings

The BBC Worldwide Showcase is, by some distance, the largest international programming market held by a single distributor away from the Hollywood studios and their LA Screenings in May. Just as any decent festival spawns fringe events, the 700-plus buyers expected at the ACC conference centre in Liverpool between February 18-21 means clever indie distributors […]

TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

TBI Weekly: The future is female for global prodcos

Production companies with a female focus are cropping up at a startling rate as female perspectives take centre stage globally and the #MeToo movement continues apace. This week, we saw former CBS entertainment boss and longtime champion of gender equality, Nina Tassler, form PatMa Productions. The outfit will focus on diverse voices and partner with organisations […]

TBI Weekly: Beauty is power for Netflix

This week, it was impossible to ignore Netflix’s seemingly unstoppable rise as the company’s value was shown to exceed US$100 billion and it reported its highest ever quarter for new sign ups – something it described as “beautiful”. Beating Wall Street expectations, Netflix reported US$245 million in operating income and a global streaming revenue which […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook’s traditional values gnaw at NATPE crowd

This week, Facebook made a good fist of appearing far more like a broadcaster than it would hope. The social media giant’s head of global creative strategy (head of video to you and me), Ricky van Veen, rankled some delegates in the audience of his keynote presentation at NATPE and drew praise from others. While […]