TBI Weekly: TBI’s favourite shows of 2020

With lockdowns and travel restrictions throughout 2020, we’ve all probably watched more content than ever before. Fortunately, the industry has been in fine form and delivered an array of fantastic programming across the genres. Here are our favourite shows, as picked by TBI’s team. RICHARD MIDDLETON Editor Top show: Better Call Saul S5 (AMC, Netflix) […]

Disney plans $16bn content spend, 350m subs target & raft of new originals

The Walt Disney Company has announced plans to spend between $14-$16bn on content for its streamers, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, by 2024, as it revealed it has already surpassed 137 million paid subscriptions across its DTC services. Disney aims to increase this to 300-350 million subscribers by 2024 and has also set a target of […]

Show of the Week: The Weekly: Special Edition

This new, premium eight-part documentary collection is the latest production from the team behind the Emmy award-winning 30-minute series The Weekly, which saw journalists at The New York Times collaborate with US producers Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, to shine a light on some of those big signature stories that no-one else is telling. […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival

The 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival’s virtual nature didn’t stop the annual event from making an impact with its stay-at-home viewers, not least because a jam-packed schedule threw up plenty of talking points over the week. Discussions around diversity and inclusivity were top of the agenda but action was also apparent, with UK broadcasting duo ITV […]

FX chairman John Landgraf reveals diversity push at the US network

John Landgraf, chairman of Disney-owned FX Networks and FX Productions says that 63% of directors on its output in 2021 will be female or from diverse backgrounds. Landgraf revealed the statistic during a keynote session at the Edinburgh TV Festival. This will be the first time that the majority of its directors were not white […]

TBI In Conversation: ‘Mrs America’s Dahvi Waller on Hollywood gender inequality

In this latest instalment of our In Conversation strand, we talk to Mrs America showrunner Dahvi Waller about how the struggle for equality in Hollywood is still very much a work in progress.  The FX original miniseries Mrs America launched in the US this April to widespread acclaim and with a rather timely theme about the […]

FX and Hulu partner with New York Times for new doc from ‘The Weekly’ team

US network FX and Disney-owned streaming service Hulu have partnered with The New York Times for a new 10-part documentary series featuring reports from journalists at the newspaper. The New York Times Presents is being described as a follow-up to The Weekly, the previous collaboration between FX and the paper. It comes from the same […]

FX chief John Landgraf unveils latest annual drama findings

John Landgraf, FX Networks and FX Productions chairman, has unveiled the latest findings from his company’s annual scripted survey. It found that there were 532 scripted drama and comedy shows on US television in 2019, up 7% on the year previous. The data was compiled by FX’s research team and unveiled during the Television Critics […]

John Landgraf: More than half of FX writing staff are women, POC

More than half of US cable channel FX’s writing staff are women or people of colour (POC), according to the channel’s boss John Landgraf. Speaking on Saturday (26 October) at the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, hosted by USC Gould School of Law and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, FX boss Landgraf estimated the […]

FX’s Landgraf “embraces” Hulu potential, confirms windowing between services

FX boss John Landgraf has said the channel “embraces” the distribution potential afforded by Hulu, and has confirmed Disney boss Bob Iger’s windowing strategy for the two businesses.   Speaking at the TCA press tour in California on Tuesday (5 August) as Disney was going out with its Q2 results and new bundle plans, Landgraf said: […]

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