TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: The best of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum took place this week, bringing in some of the best animators, distributors, producers and broadcasters in Europe to the French city of Toulouse from 11-14 September. Each year, the Forum awards Cartoon Tributes for the best broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer. A majority among the 900 attendees at the Forum voted France Télévisions as broadcaster […]

TBI Weekly: The UK’s international platform challenge

This week the UK TV industry has had its eye on what the rise of global platforms means for its local market, something that many territories will be thinking about as SVOD and digital services continue to attract young adult viewers. In his autumn statement, BBC director general Tony Hall discussed how he plans to […]

TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

TBI Weekly: Jay Hunt’s next step & other Edinburgh takeaways

Many international execs descended on Scotland’s capital this week for the annual get-together, the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Outgoing Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt was effusive when questioned about her next move on Wednesday. On suggestions she is about to take a new role at Netflix, she replied during her last ‘Meet the […]

TBI Weekly: Digital giants invest in original teams

This week saw veteran programming execs move over to digital giants Apple and YouTube, as the platforms make a further push into original programming. Originals execs set to do the job at Apple & YouTube   Former president and general manager of US basic cable channel WGN America (WGNA) Matt Cherniss joined Apple, his former […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook arrives as Disney goes OTT

Major developments in the subscription VOD space have proven the big talking points of the past week, with Disney, Facebook, Netflix and CBS all making bold statements.   Facebook the one to Watch Just as Facebook’s domination of the social media market continues to grow, so has the speculation over what the US tech giant […]

TBI Weekly: Discovery realises Scripps dream

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion takeover of US rival Scripps was the big TV news of the last seven days. Discovery buys Scripps   It had been known that Scripps Networks Interactive had been seeking a buyer for a while, and Discovery and Viacom had emerged as its two suitors. Discovery always seemed the best fit […]

TBI Weekly: UK kids TV shake-up

Kids television has been on the agenda this week as the industry gears up for Cartoon Forum and MIPJunior. Kids shake-ups galore News broke that Kay Benbow would leave the children’s division of pubcaster BBC as part of a major team shake-up. Cheryl Taylor will now lead the team in a newly created role of […]

TBI weekly round up: Torode doc, Clones deal

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 26-30, 2017).   Pre-sales for UKTV’s John Torode doc National Geographic Channels Asia and Foxtel in Asia have pre-bought UKTV’s upcoming food series John Torode’s Asia. Pay TV service Foxtel will play the series on its Lifestyle […]

TBI weekly round-up: Diana doc, Silverman’s Jamaican drama

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 19-23, 2017). Drive’s Diana doc delivers deals This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death and prodcos and distributors worldwide have taken notice. There have been a range of recent deals for shows around […]

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