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TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

Discovery chief hints at global OTT ambition

Discovery CEO David Zaslav (pictured) has dropped a hint that the factual giant could look to develop a wider global OTT play either on a standalone basis or with partners. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q1 results, Zaslav said that the US market in particular is underserved with offerings catering to non-sports […]

TBI Weekly: Comcast joins the M&A race

This week, Comcast kicked off a bidding war by formally offering £22bn for Sky and subsequently making it very difficult for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to take full ownership of the TV group. The offer, which trumps Fox’s £19bn bid and has been well received by independent board members at Sky, is Comcast’s move to compete […]

BBC & Discovery set for Offspring Films doc

A BBC and Discovery copro, hailing from Bristol-based Offspring Films, is set to air on BBC 2 in May as it looks to explore the lives of apes. Red Ape: Saving The Orangutan tells the story of a team of medics from International Animal Rescue (IAR) fighting to save Borneo’s critically endangered orangutans. The doc, […]

Discovery vet upped to Travel Channel GM

Discovery has appointed veteran TV exec Jane Latman (pictured) as general manager for Travel Channel. This expands Latman’s portfolio, which also sees her serve as executive vice president for development and research at Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel. Latman is also general manager for Destination America. She has worked with Discovery since 2003. […]

Ex-Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief Nathan Brown (pictured) and […]

Scripps veteran duo gain top spots at Discovery

Scripps execs Allison Page and Courtney White have landed top roles at Discovery’s lifestyles group, as the Discovery/Scripps merger begins to take effect. Page will now serve as president of HGTV and Food Network, while White will serve as executive VP and report to Page. Previously Page acted as general manager of US programming for […]

NBCU has ‘best US skinny bundle’ networks

NBCUniversal networks were the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five channels groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they would […]

Volume of TV prodco M&A doubled in four years – IHS

Mergers and acquisitions in the television production space more than doubled between 2013 and 2017 as companies scramble for IP ownership, according to new research. IHS Markit data found that TV prodco M&A activity increased from 42 international deals in 2013 to 102 deals in 2017. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 19.4%, […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

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