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Facebook links with ProSiebenSat.1 for content

Facebook Watch has struck a deal with German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 that will secure a raft of digital-first content for Facebook’s video service. Facebook Watch will work with ProSiebenSat.1 to bring digital content including pre-shows, after-shows, interviews and spin-offs of the German broadcaster’s content to Watch users. Facebook said that the deal would cover content […]

Facebook’s Patrick Walker: Less about ‘You’ and more about ‘Us’

You may remember in 2006 when ‘You’ was named Person of the Year by Time magazine for “seizing the reigns of global media and beating the pros at their own game”. This was a milestone within the media industry, recognising the millions of people who contribute to user-generated content around the world – through online […]

Kin series ‘New Mom, Who Dis?’ to launch on Facebook Watch

Lifestyle multichannel network Kin’s latest series New Mom, Who Dis? is to launch on Facebook Watch.  The series will be fronted by Canadian presenter Jessi Cruickshank, who is a new mother of twin boys, and a popular Instagram star. She previously hosted MTV Canada’s The Hills After Show, CTV’s etalk and CBC’s The Goods and Canada’s Smartest […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

Realscreen: NBC, Bravo and Facebook execs reveal pitching tips

The Realscreen Summit kicked off in its new home of New Orleans on Monday (28 January) with a session detailing the development and production processes in place for unscripted execs such as Sahara Bushue, SVP of alternative programming for NBC Entertainment; Toby Faulkner, head of unscripted for Facebook; John Feld, SVP of original programming and […]

Facebook Watch expands ad break initiative amid programming rethink

Facebook Watch has extended its ad break initiative in 40 countries and launched via desktop. The social media giant has revealed that its Watch app is now available on both mobile and desktop globally – a key component in improving the accessibility and ad monetisation of the fledgling video platform. Meanwhile, its ad breaks function, […]

Facebook expands ‘Watch Parties’ function

Facebook has expanded its ‘Watch Party’ function – which allows multiple users to watch a live video at the same time and comment on it – so that individuals and dedicated pages can now also host videos on the platform. ‘Watch Parties’ were initially launched globally in July on Facebook’s Group function, which replicates community […]

Facebook appeals Cambridge Analytica fine by UK watchdog

Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO has proposed the social network pay a £500,000 penalty for failing to make suitable checks on apps and developers, which it considers a “serious breach of the law”. The penalty is a result of […]

Facebook rolls out “fewer, bigger, better” strategy

Facebook is rolling out a “fewer, bigger, better” strategy around scripted content as it rejigs its originals strategy for Watch.  Head of media partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker has said that the social media giant is currently experimenting with different types of content on the Watch platform and looking “at every case on its own […]

Channel 4, Facebook partner for weekly news show

Channel 4 has partnered with Facebook for a weekly news show, months after the social media giant rolled out its Watch platform globally.  Uncovered is to launch on Facebook Watch, and will provide in-depth news and analysis from C4 News’ team of domestic and international correspondents who will tackle under-reported series, focusing on a single […]

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