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Barcroft wins Facebook commission for Incredible Homes

Facebook has commissioned Barcroft Media for five-part series Most Incredible Homes. The 5 x 12-minute interactive series, which will premiere on Facebook Watch on November 3, will focus on unique homes around the globe, from luxurious jungle tree houses in Costa Rica to car-shaped homes in Austria. Facebook Watch users are to vote for their […]

MIPCOM 2018: The Inside Scoop

FAANG, Endemol and Comcast were front of mind for delegates at a lively MIPCOM market, which appeared to be in rude health despite studios such as Sony believed to be weighing up their future in Cannes. While a quieter MIPTV in April tends to skew perceptions of the drama-focused MIPCOM – which ran from October […]

Facebook names Nick Clegg as its global affairs chief

Facebook has hired the UK’s former deputy prime minister as the head of global affairs and communications, as the company continues to face data protection controversy. Clegg will replace Elliot Schrage, who revealed he would depart his role in June. The former deputy PM will move to Silicon Valley in January. He agreed to take […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Facebook to launch three int’l formats, revives The Real World

Facebook is to launch three international show formats on its Watch platform, including The Real World via a partnership with MTV Studios. Speaking at MIPCOM, Facebook’s head of content planning and strategy, Matthew Henick, and head of video products, Paresh Rajwat, revealed a slate of new international titles coming to the platform. The Real World will be a […]

Facebook looks to “game-ify” content

As the platform roll outs its video offering Watch globally, it is ramping up its search for formats that can “game-ify” content and leverage Facebook’s interactivity across Europe. Manori Ravindran reports. This MIPCOM, it has been exactly one year since Facebook execs such as unscripted head Toby Faulkner first hit the ground in Cannes, courting […]

Facebook signs up for Zig Zag magic show

Facebook Watch has acquired a short-form series from Zig Zag Productions featuring British street magician Troy Von Scheibner (left). Troy The Magician (5 x 6 minutes) includes unseen footage and clips of the South London magician’s close-up magic and stunts in London and New York. The performer became well known following Channel 4’s six-part programme […]

Facebook rolls out Watch platform globally

Facebook is to roll out its Watch service globally, one year after the service was launched in the US. The service will immediately be available to all publishers and content creators, who can now publish content worldwide. Facebook’s global rollout will also include a new feature: the platform’s Ad Breaks program will be stretched to […]

Facebook acquires video startup Vidpresso

Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant. In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the […]

Show of the week: Date or Dump

Date or Dump is not only the latest collaboration between UK indie Youngest Media and formats distributor The Story Lab, but is also the first original entertainment shows from Unilad, which is known for its Facebook page, licensing short form content and claiming 500 million page views a month. “We decided to collaborate with our […]

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