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 […]

Rogers Media appoints Facebook Canada boss

Rogers Media in Canada has appointed the former managing director of Facebook and Instagram in the country as its president. Jordan Banks (pictured) will take up the role on September 9 and spent seven years at Facebook and Instagram, having previously led eBay Canada. He will replace Rick Brace, who is retiring from Rogers having […]

Facebook’s European content exec Patrick Walker to step down

Facebook’s director of media partnerships in Europe is leaving the social media giant after three years in the role. Patrick Walker was tasked with expanding the company’s content strategy across EMEA, including overseeing the expansion of Facebook Watch, which launched last year. The exec, whose exit was first reported by US trade Deadline, joined Facebook […]

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, […]