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TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

Lionsgate brings Kim Kardashian’s prank show to Facebook

Lionsgate has partnered with Facebook to bring unscripted series You Kiddin’ Me, which is executive produced by Kim Kardashian West, to the latter’s Watch platform. The ten-episode series was inspired by Kardashian West’s own family antics, as a comedic prank series in which celebrities must do everything their own children say. You Kiddin’ Me will […]

Facebook brings in Elizabeth Olsen dramedy

Facebook is set to bring in a drama-comedy starring and executive produced by Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as its latest original. The plot of the show is yet to be revealed, but has been given a ten-episode order by the social media giant. Olsen described it as “dark, funny and complicated”. The yet-to-be-titled […]

Facebook usage time down 5% following updates

Facebook has admitted that recent updates to prioritise personal interactions over posts from businesses, brands and media caused the time spent on the service to drop 5% in Q4, while its content arm has ordered a series from Friends star Courteney Cox. Speaking on the social network’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 results conference […]

Facebook to demote videos to encourage ‘meaningful interactions’

Facebook is changing its news feed to focus more on “personal connections” in a move that will de-prioritise posts from businesses, brands and media. Announcing the decision in a post on the social network, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has always put friends and family at the core of the experience, but that […]

Opinion: TV content – where’s the innovation?

Megan Goodwin, joint managing director of digital consultancy Interactive Rights Management, argues TV companies are running scared of innovation in both production and progamme making, and wonders where the real disruptors are coming from. It’s no secret that the TV marketplace is going through major upheaval at the moment. As Ofcom found in its Communications Market […]

Facebook wants focus on communities, not consumption

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He […]

Scripps to develop shows for Facebook Watch

Scripps Networks Interactive’s digital production division is set to develop lifestyle shows for Facebook’s recently unveiled Watch platform. Scripps Lifestyle Studios will produce shows inspired by popular Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel content, as well as shows created exclusively for Facebook. These will appear on Facebook Watch as well as through individual show pages, […]

Facebook launches Watch video platform

Facebook has launched a new platform for episodic programmes, as it makes a bigger push into original video and attempts to lure content creators to the site. Facebook said it intends Watch to be a platform for creators and publishers to “find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work”. […]