Why shorter, more flexible dramas might be the future

Scripted seasons have been getting shorter over recent years and Covid-19’s impact on production looks to only be accelerating this trend, with some producers cutting episode counts to ensure delivery. Stephen Arnell explores what the longer-term implications might be Earlier this year, it was revealed that the second season of BBC and HBO drama His […]

Exclusive: UK ‘faces being left behind’ as government urged to act on insurance

The UK government must urgently backstop insurers or risk screen productions being moved outside of the country, a leading entertainment lawyer has told TBI. Speaking on TBI Talks yesterday, Jeremy Roberts, partner and head of broadcasting and content distribution at UK law firm Sheridans, reiterated concerns that while production insurance is still available, insurers are […]

TBI Weekly: A writer’s view on lockdown in Santa Monica

Cold Courage writer Brendan Foley reflects on his personal experiences of Covid-19 under lockdown in California and looks ahead to what the crisis could mean for the TV community around the world. A good day starts with an early morning masked walk with my wife Shelly on the mean streets of Santa Monica, past blooming […]

TBI Weekly: How one exec turned his Covid-19 crisis around

Former Discovery Networks International exec Adam Jacobs stepped down from his role at UK indie Woodcut Media at the start of the year to pursue his passions – then Covid-19 struck and his plans were left in tatters. TBI finds out how he reacted. As the UK government likes to constantly remind us, everything about […]

Netflix subs soar as Covid-19 & ‘Tiger King’ result in record growth

Netflix subscriber numbers have surged by almost 16 million over the last quarter as the streamer felt the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown and scored successes with Tiger King and La Casa De Papel (aka Money Heist). The world’s biggest SVOD said that it had gained 15.77 million paid customers over the past three months, […]

TBI Weekly: Navigating risk as future lockdowns loom

Jeremy Roberts, a partner and head of broadcasting & content distribution at UK legal firm Sheridans,  explores the potential threats posed by further Covid-19 restrictions once lockdown is over and provides a five-point plan to keep shows on track. From what we currently know of Covid-19, even after the pandemic ebbs and the current lockdown […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Unpacking lockdown’s effect on viewing habits

TBI’s ongoing coverage around the impact of Covid-19 on the global content business hears from Steve Langdon, director of partnerships in EMEA for Parrot Analytics, who explains why lockdown initially reduced demand for some shows and which genres have proven most popular since Over the past couple of weeks, you’ll certainly have read numerous stories […]

Russia’s NTV talks maintaining quality amid Covid-19

TBI has been talking to broadcasters all over the world about how they have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Today, we hear from Timur Weinstein, general producer at Russia’s NTV.  [Please note that this article has been substantially altered since original publication] What was the immediate impact of the Coronavirus to your working routine? […]

Exclusive: AVOD decline likely as Covid-19 hits once-surging sector

The Covid-19-induced slump in advertising spending is set to have deep repercussions on the until recently booming AVOD market, leading analysts tell TBI. AVOD had been touted as a major growth area for producers and rights owners but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought advertising spending to a screeching halt, leaving broadcasters such as ITV and […]

US prodco NiteLite unveils new ‘lockdown’ programming strand

LA-based prodco NiteLite Pictures has launched the Coronavirus Positivity Initiative, a global effort to create programming that promotes “togetherness, community and celebrates the human spirit during the global lockdown.” Under this new banner, NiteLite is launching a series of programmes that explores the “inspiring individuals” on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic, […]

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