TBI Tech & Analysis: On the trail of North America’s TV & streaming trends for 2023

North America’s TV & online video ecosystems are changing fast, with consolidation, sports and TVOD all likely to affect the industry over the next 12 months. Omdia’s principal analysts Sarah Henschel provides her key trends as we look ahead to 2023. In 2022, content owners and platform operators have continued to increase focus on integrating […]

Story Lab MD joins with Discovery & Nippon execs for new Asian prodco

Fotini Paraskakis has departed as MD of The Story Lab to launch her own outfit with Nippon TV alum Shigeko (Cindy) Chino and former Discovery APAC and EMEA president, Arthur Bastings. Empire of Arkadia (EOA) will look to exploit Asian creative and aims to bring Asian inspired stories, in both scripted and non-scripted, to the […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Picking apart Western Europe’s pay-TV & OTT markets

Western Europe’s pay-TV and OTT operators secured more than 300 million subscribers in 2021, with streaming fuelling a year-on-year uptick of 26 million customers overall. However, that only tells part of the story, as Omdia’s Rob Moyser, Tony Gunnarsson, Matt Evenson & Max Signorelli explain. Subscribers in Western Europe have been a key target for […]

Discovery+ embarks on ‘Expedition Borderlands’ in India & Philippines

Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streamer Discovery+ is launching Expedition Borderlands with Levison Wood and Ash Bhardwaj, a new docuseries that will stream in India and the Philippines later this month. Produced by Maximus Productions, in association with Blackmane Media, the four-part original series follows explorer and host Levison Wood who is on a quest to explore […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Denmark embarks on Grand Canyon adventure

Warner Bros. Discovery has ordered Grand Canyon – The Greatest Adventure, a new reality series for its streaming service Discovery+ and broadcaster Kanal 5 in Denmark. The series, which is produced by Banijay Nordic label Pineapple Entertainment, follows a group of celebrities as they spend 16 days on the adventure of a lifetime, rafting 360km […]

Discovery+ in Germany preps Armoza’s ‘Sex Tape’

Discovery+ in Germany is preparing to launch a local celebrity version of the social experiment format Sex Tape. The show, from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats, has been produced by Imago TV Film and is to be hosted by Natascha Ochsenknecht. The format follows couples as they try to fix their relationships by having their love […]

WBD unveils top team in Germany, with Discovery veteran departing

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has unveiled its new-look team in Germany, with veteran exec Alberto Horta among those to depart. Horta had been VP of commercial development at WBD and led distribution, advertising and digital operations, as well as managing Germany’s Tele 5 channel. He had been with Discovery for 15 years, initially working for […]

WBD UK boosts lifestyle content on channels & Discovery+

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) UK has commissioned 149 hours of new and returning lifestyle programming for both local channels and its Discovery+ streamer. Ten shows have been ordered in total, with four brand new commissions and six returning series. Among its new shows is The Big Body Clinic, an 8 x 60-minute series from Full […]

WBD expands true crime slate in UK with three new shows

Warner Bros. Discovery UK has commissioned three new true crime series – The Swindlers, Dead Fake and Michael Sams: Kidnapper Killer – and renewed Deadliest Mums & Dads for a second season.  The Swindlers (working title) is a 6 x 60-minute docuseries produced by Crackit Productions, which examines some of the most audacious stories of […]

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