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Viacom exec Louise Holmes boards Facebook

Former Viacom exec Louise Holmes is joining Facebook as director of entertainment partnerships for EMEA. The exec, who will join the social media giant in January 2020 out of London, will be responsible for leading partnerships across all divisions of entertainment for EMEA, including TV, film, digital publishers, public figures and creators. She effectively replaces […]

Facebook launches first event special out of UK with Elton John

Facebook Watch is readying the launch of a sit-down interview with Sir Elton John – one of the platform’s first major event specials out of the UK since launch.   The exclusive event, produced by Whitecoat TV, was filmed earlier this week in front of a live audience at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, and […]

Ample Entertainment names creative director, adds exec producer

LA-based producer Ample Entertainment has promoted Sam Lang to become its creative director and appointed Matt Blaine to an executive producer role. Lang will oversee the company’s output and report to Ari Mark and Phil Lott, co-presidents for Ample. He was most recently co-executive producer for shows including Cooper’s Treasure for Discovery and Murder In […]

Facebook strikes UK, Lat Am, Asia deals with Viacom for original series

Facebook has agreed a deal that will see Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) produce a slate of original short-form content for its Watch service in Europe, the Americas and Asia. In the UK, MTV has partnered with VDSI to produce 75 x 10 minute shows, which will be spin-offs from MTV UK’s linear series. Facebook […]

MIPCOM 2019: The Big Deals

As MIPCOM closes its doors after another frenetic market, TBI explores some of the big deals to emerge this year in Cannes. DRAMA With new streamers in town, scripted business was again frisk along the Croisette, with one of those new entrants, Topic, picking up rights to StudioCanal shows Vernon Subutex and Danish comedy drama […]

One to One: A year of Facebook Watch

TBI’s ‘One to One’, in which industry heavyweights put each other in the hot seat, returns with the powerhouse coupling of Facebook’s Dan Biddle and Barcroft Studios’ Sam Barcroft, who lift the lid on the challenges and opportunities of producing for Facebook Watch. By Manori Ravindran Biddle and Barcroft are no strangers to innovation. They’ve […]

Facebook sets out to fund publisher-led content with talent

Facebook is extending its relationships with digital publishers such as Tastemade and LadBible, funding creator and talent-led content for video platform Watch. Matthew Henick, global head of content planning and strategy for the social media giant, says the new initiative, in which Facebook is commissioning digital publishers, is a turn of the dial from its […]

Exclusive: Facebook pulls the plug on trivia format ‘Confetti’

Social media giant Facebook has pulled the plug on interactive quiz show format Confetti. TBI has confirmed that the social media platform has no plans to return the format in the UK and US, and it is believed that other international versions of the programme have also been cancelled. Matthew Henick, global head of content […]

Exclusive: HBO strikes overall deal with ‘Skam’ creator

HBO has struck an overall deal with the creator of hit Norwegian TV show Skam, the teen web drama that has since been remade around the world including by Facebook in the US. Julie Andem has agreed a two-year overall pact with HBO, which sees her creating and developing shows for the premium cablenet. Details […]

Facebook’s ‘Red Table Talk’ format to be localised internationally

Facebook’s hit talk show format Red Table Talk is to be reversioned outside of the US, according to creator Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith, who hosts the show with her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow, has said Red Table Talk “is going to start expanding internationally” following a successful year-long run on the social media platform, where […]

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