TBI Weekly: Gaining access during lockdown

Interest in access documentaries has soared but global lockdowns have made for a challenging production environment. Tim Dams explores how it’s done and what’s next for this rapidly growing genre. Demand for access docs has never been higher. ‘Occu-soaps’ have become ubiquitous across supermarkets, airports, train stations, retail and museums, while access docs focused on […]

Arrow splits into two sister labels

Factual indie Arrow is to split its business into two sister labels focused on separate elements of the prodco. The newly formed Arrow Media will focus on returnable series including long-running series, singles and specials. It will be headed up by Arrow co-founder Tom Brisley who will oversee the label as creative director. Meanwhile, Arrow […]

CW revives Constantine as toon

US broadcaster The CW is to revive the comic book-inspired Constantine ­– but as a web cartoon. A David S. Goyer- and Daniel Cerone-created Constantine had aired on NBC between October 2014 and February 2015, but was cancelled due to low ratings despite developing a small cult following. The CW has now moved to reboot […]

Netflix reveals global bingeing habits

Netflix users tend to burn through The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, but take their time on House of Cards and Bloodline, according to new data from the SVOD service. Netflix has revealed ‘The Binge Scale’, which it claims shows how customers in more than 190 countries consume more than 100 serialised […]

Superheroic acts

Ahead of another season of fresh US studio dramas, Jesse Whittock investigates the role superhero programming will play as different forms of the genre proliferate on channels and platforms around the world “Nearly every major network in the US has a superhero show,” observes one senior European acquisitions executive. Recent broadcast seasons in the US […]

Arrow poaches Discovery’s Swartz

Channel 4-backed UK producer Arrow has hired Howard Swartz as executive VP, development and production. He will be based in London and joins from Discovery Channel, where he was executive VP, documentaries and specials. Swartz (pictured) is tasked with driving Arrow’s US development slate alongside Arrow’s co-founders and creative directors, Tom Brisley and John Smithson. […]

Game of Thrones pirated 14.4m times in 2015

HBO’s Game of Thrones remains the most illegally-downloaded programme in the world, with 14.4 million people watching the season finale through BitTorrent last year. This means the show has been the most-pirated worldwide for the past four years, and that the numbers of those watching illegally exceeded the number that watched legally through pay TV […]

Sky picks up another US superhero series

UK satcaster Sky has acquired DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for its flagship Sky 1 channel. The series, which was first presented to international buyers at this year’s LA Screenings, will launch on The CW in the US and on Sky 1 in 2016. Sky has stocked up on superhero drama and the show will sit alongside […]

Supergirl flying onto Sky

Sky in the UK has acquired US superhero series Supergirl for its flagship entertainment channel Sky 1. The series will launch in the UK on October 29 (Thursday) in an 8pm slot. It debuts on US broadcast net CBS a few days earlier on October 26 in an 8.30pm slot. Supergirl follows the adventures of […]

NBC unveils new shows, cancels Constantine

US broadcaster NBC has unveiled new dramas and comedies for its 2015-16 slate, while axing superhero series Constantine, State of Affairs, One Big Happy and About a Boy. Over the weekend, the NBCUniversal channel okayed dramas Blindspot, Chicago Med, Game of Silence, Heartbreaker and The Player (pictured), which sit alongside straight-to-series orders Shades of Blue […]