TBI Weekly: Why Quibi’s failure isn’t the end for shortform

Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO at global shortform streamer, digs into the reasons behind Quibi’s closure after just seven months – and considers what it means for the shortform genre as a whole. So somewhat sadly but unsurprisingly, Quibi has shut up shop almost as quickly as it opened – but what is the reason behind such […]

Deals round-up: ‘Aleph’ heads to market’; BBC acquires Awkwafina series; Channel 5 does short-form deal

Global Agency takes ‘Aleph’ to market Global Agency has acquired international distribution rights to the Turkish crime drama Aleph. Produced by May Productions with co-financing by FX Turkey and BluTV, the eight-part series follows two detectives as they pursue a serial killer in Istanbul, uncovering a sinister cult and mysterious symbols along the way. Izzet […]

TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]

Shortform streamer reveals first original series

Shortform global streamer has unveiled its debut original series, which claims to be the world’s first factual entertainment series commissioned by a TV and OTT service that has been filmed entirely in VR. Virtually Speaking has been shot during lockdown and uses VR technology to represent a global cast of characters who meet up […]

Has Quibi killed the quality shorts market?

Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO at global streaming service, considers how the apparently limp launch of Quibi will affect the long-term future of shortform programming. Quibi bounded enthusiastically into the market in April 2020, claiming that mobile only and ‘quick bites’ was the future for millennials. It was evidenced by the mighty YouTube and the […]