TBI Weekly: Testing the temperature of the industry at Berlinale

Berlinale is becoming a key event on the international circuit and this year’s 73rd edition of the German festival came at an opportune time. Nick Edwards tests the waters to find out what execs & creatives have made of 2023 so far. The TV wing of the Berlinale film festival marked the first major European […]

TBI Scripted: ‘Cuba Libre’ creator on show’s 20-year journey to screen

Henrique Oliveira, creator of Portuguese historical drama Cuba Libre, tells Mark Layton why good things come to those who wait, as the show is screened at Berlinale Series Market Selects this week, two decades after he first set out to make it. For more than 20 years, Portuguese producer, writer and director Henrique Oliveira harboured […]

Five takeaways from Berlinale on the future of scripted drama

Berlinale wrapped its 72nd edition at the weekend, the first physical iteration for the German festival since 2019. Nick Edwards sets down his five key takeaways from the event for TBI – and it’s clear, a lot has changed in the intervening years. Since Berlinale last opened its doors to the public in 2019, the […]

The fast-evolving world of markets & festivals (Part 1)

Barely a handful of live industry events took place this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the first of a two-part article, Nick Edwards looks at how organisers adapted and considers what 2021 holds.  TV festivals and the markets that are often inextricably linked to them have been a particularly missed element of the industry […]

TBI Weekly: All the buzz from Berlinale

German film festival Berlinale is wrapping up a milestone edition and as Nick Edwards reports, the TV side of the event has again revealed scripted trends and gems from around the world. Fittingly, the TV drama wing of the 70th Berlinale film festival opened with a showcase of upcoming German productions. The highlight of these […]

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 […]

Berlinale: Netflix Europe details scripted strategy

Netflix’s European team discussed its international growth strategy and offered insight into its development process in a packed house of delegates at Berlinale’s Drama Series Days on Wednesday (13 February).  The team included Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of international originals in Europe, Turkey and Africa; Rachel Eggebeen, director of content for international originals in Germany; Kai […]

Berlinale: Gangster drama Big Bones heads to Series Mania

David Schalko’s historical crime drama Big Bones, which was pitched at the Berlin Co-Pro Series event, is to be presented again at Lille’s Series Mania next month via a drama partnership between the two festivals. The French drama festival has teamed with Berlinale’s co-production market for a ‘project exchange’ that enables one project to be pitched across […]

Berlinale: Amazon will look for “more curation” than competitors

Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke has said that while the business has become a global home for talent, it is looking for “more curation” than its competitors, during a press conference for new drama Hanna at the Berlinale Series. Salke, who inherited Hanna when she joined as head of Amazon Studios this time last year, says she has spent […]

Exclusive: Beta Film strikes global sales for Russia’s Trigger

Beta Film has struck deals across Brazil, Israel and Japan for Russian drama series Trigger, TBI has learned.  Originally produced by Russian prodco Sreda for Channel One Russia, the series will now go to Globo in Brazil, HOT in Israel and Japan’s VOD platform U-Next. Negotiations with a German partner are also in final stages, […]