FAANG


UK Screenings: BBC Studios’ new chapter for Showcase

President of global markets Paul Dempsey tells TBI how the annual Showcase event has evolved, and how the merged producer-distributor is navigating the new content landscape This year’s Showcase is, in many ways, a landmark year for the UK’s public service broadcaster, which will, for the first time, welcome more than 700 buyers to Liverpool […]

Netflix: Disney+ will be a “formidable” partner

Netflix boss Reed Hastings has said that Disney’s SVOD service will be a “formidable” partner for the streaming giant when it launches next year. The exec told the BBC that Disney+, which was unveiled last week by CEO Bob Iger, has got “so much content [like] Star Wars and Marvel, they’ll be a great competitor. […]

Lionsgate stock jumps amid Amazon takeover speculation

Lionsgate stock has jumped by 7.6% following speculation around a potential takeover by Amazon. The studio’s stock closed at US$24.39 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday (September 28), up $1.73, after investor John Kornitzer – the fourth-largest holder of Class A shares in the Orange Is The New Black (pictured) studio – suggested the […]

Ampere: Netflix leads FAANGs with focus on comedy and sci-fi originals

Netflix continues to lead the FAANG companies in terms of original content, though the Facebook, Apple and Google-owned YouTube platforms are also making “unprecedented strides” in original content production. This is according to new research by Ampere Analysis, which shines a light on both the number of originals that the FAANGs are working on and […]

TBI Weekly: Top takeaways from RTS London

A vibrant RTS London conference earlier this week saw top figures in the UK market underline the pressing need for collaboration in the face of FAANG. But opinions were split on whether the likes of Netflix and Amazon are friend or foe.  The day-long event saw senior figures such as All3Media’s Jane Turton label the […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

BBC plans website cuts to fight FAANG

The BBC is planning to cut sections of its website to facilitate the user experience as it continues to compete with SVoD giants for eyeballs. The corporation has put the BBC Earth and BBC Arts sections of its website on the chopping block and plans to run fewer features and less celebrity gossip. According to […]

TBI Weekly: Instagram will not host the next Game of Thrones

This week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Instagram may allow video uploads up to an hour long on its app, but it’s unlikely the tech company will be taking on the likes of Netflix or HBO quite yet. The Facebook-owned app has apparently been having conversations with a range of content makers, publishers and […]

‘FAANG effect’ creating UK production shortages

Research by Creative Skillset (CS), the industry skills body for the screen-based creative industries in the UK, shows that the boom in quality television caused by FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) may lead to a production talent shortage. While the UK production sector is enjoying a boom, driven by recent SVOD demand and […]

Amazon ‘developing free VOD service’

Amazon could be getting in on the free VOD space in order to build out its advertising business. Ad Age has reported that Amazon is developing a free-advertising-supported offering to complement its Prime Video subscription video-on-demand service. According to the report, Amazon is in talks with TV network, movie studios and other media companies about […]