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Viacom: Pluto TV will be a “true game changer”

Viacom’s acquisition of ad-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV will be a “game changer” for the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy, according to the studio’s CEO Bob Bakish, and will play a key role in the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy both domestically and internationally, with the launch of a Spanish-language service planned in the near term. Speaking to […]

Your guide to the UK Screenings

A string of UK TV distribution firms will show off their new slates to international buyers this February, in London. Here’s TBI’s low-down on what’s happening and where.  Friday, 15 February ITV Studios Formats Festival The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho AM     Warner Bros. Formats Festival The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho PM     […]

Ian Katz: C4’s ‘mischievous, innovative’ shows will take on SVODs

Channel 4 director of programmes Ian Katz has launched a slate of programming for 2019, which he believes will stand out against major streaming platforms. The list of programmes adhere to C4’s ‘Dial up the Difference’ strategy according to Katz, which sees the broadcaster make “mischievous”, “noisy” content that highlights “the big issues and arguments […]

Never mind the blockchain, fund public media

Jon Ossoff, CEO and MD of Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with ISIS producer Insight TWI and the 2017 Democratic nominee for US Congress in the historic special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, demands greater investment in public media.  You know the popular refrain about the news today: the public is misinformed and divided by cynical […]

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

TBI Weekly: Endemol Shine to monetise ‘deep’ catalogue via Amazon AVOD

As test partner to Freedive, the new ad-supported streamer from Amazon and IMDb, Endemol Shine hopes to replicate the success it has had with Amazon’s self-publishing Video Direct service, which has offered ESG’s titles ‘tens of millions of minutes’ of viewing time on a daily basis. Freedive launched in the US last week with a string […]

Special report: Breaking down break-out formats

In the first of four special reports for TBI, international consultancy K7 Media identifies the top performing new TV formats set to make waves in the future out of its second annual Tracking the Giants report. K7 Media’s David Ciaramella breaks down the break-out formats.  K7 Media’s Tracking the Giants report – a major statistical […]

Saudi-backed broadcaster hires ex-Hulu exec for streaming push

Saudi-backed broadcaster MBC Group is looking to take on Netflix in the Middle East as it ramps up streaming plans. The Dubai-based broadcaster, which is controlled by the Saudi government, has appointed former Hulu exec Johannes Larcher to expand the MBC digital platform Shahid. The broadcaster, which is the largest free-to-air Arab broadcaster and operates […]

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