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TBI Weekly: Could Barclays’ SVOD fund go global?

Barclays Corporate Banking is looking to expand its SVOD investment fund outside the UK as demand from production companies reaches unprecedented levels. Lorraine Ruckstuhl, head of media for Barclays Corporate Banking, tells TBI that the bank is now considering a global expansion as it fields queries from international businesses keen to stem cash flow problems […]

Barclays doubles TV investment fund to £200m

  Barclays has doubled its subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) investment fund for UK TV producers to £200m (US$256m), after reporting “exceptional demand”. Barclays Corporate Banking said that it has already paid out more than £100m ($128m) to production companies in the 18 months since its initial £100m fund has been active. To date, the bank has […]

Netflix claims $1.75bn Europe spend

Netflix has launched a European charm offensive, claiming a to-date spend of US$1.75 billion in the continent and announcing it is coproducing three more dramas there. The US-based SVOD service has been criticised for under-investing in Europe, and last year the European Commission unveiled plans that would require it and other streaming services to source […]

BBC orders Blick, Bartlett, McGovern dramas

UK pubcaster the BBC has turned to a number of high-profile writers for 35 hours of new drama programming. The Honourable Woman’s Hugo Blick, Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett and The Street’s Jimmy McGovern are attached to new projects, alongside the likes of Academy Award nominee Kenneth Lonegran, Playground Entertainment’s Colin Callender, Left Bank Pictures […]