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Endemol Shine closes China office, William Tan to depart

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is closing its office in China following a review of the business, which said market conditions and tighter regulations made its current set-up in the country “unsustainable”. The decision was made following a months-long review ESG said, blaming “market conditions which limit the activities of non-domestic production companies” for the closure. […]

Bakish: Advertiser and distributor partners are “bedrock” of ViacomCBS strategy

Bob Bakish has said that distributor and ad partnerships remain the “bedrock” of the strategy for the combined ViacomCBS going forward.   The Viacom CEO – a regular at the annual MTV European Music Awards, taking place this weekend – was addressing attendees at a pre-awards showcase in Seville, Spain, on Saturday (2 November), where […]

Sky’s Zai Bennett on ‘huge’ HBO deal, Sky Studios pipeline and Peacock collaborations

Sky’s director of programmes Zai Bennett has outlined a multi-pronged approach to commissioning involving indies, Sky Studios and Comcast siblings NBC and Peacock, but also looked to put the importance of its recent deal with HBO-owner WarnerMedia into context. In a far-reaching discussion at TBI’s inaugural Masterclass event yesterday, Bennett described the extended deal for […]

Banijay agrees deal to buy Endemol Shine Group

Banijay Group has agreed a deal to acquire Endemol Shine Group (ESG), creating a production and distribution behemoth and bringing the long-running sales process of the Peaky Blinders producer to a close. The French production and distribution giant has struck a “definitive agreement” to acquire the company from ESG owners Apollo Global Management and Disney, […]

TBI Weekly: Why Banijay wanted Endemol Shine Group

As far as ‘will they won’t they’ takeover stories go, Banijay Group’s courtship of Endemol Shine Group has been a classic. The Vivendi-backed French firm, already fattened up by its acquisition of Zodiak Media in 2016, emerged as a frontrunner for ESG last year but it took 12 months of pushing and pulling before it […]

TBI Weekly: Reed Midem unveils “streamlined” MIPTV as exhibitors weigh options

Footfall was high but spirits were low at a busy MIPCOM that came at an uncertain juncture for some businesses and where talk turned largely to April’s reimagined MIPTV.  Renovation work along the beach and a boarded-up Croisette robbed most delegates of any seaside respite, with the market feeling somewhat claustrophobic despite robust activity – […]

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 […]

BBC Studios’ Paul Dempsey moots further BritBox roll-out

BBC Studios’ North American streamer Britbox could be set for a wider roll-out after global distribution president Paul Dempsey admitted there were more markets where the UK-skewing service could work. SVOD service BritBox, which was first launched in the US and Canada in 2017, offers an array of UK programming and earlier this summer said […]

‘No rules’ and a new chapter for Sky Studios

With the backing of Comcast and knock-out collaborations such as Chernobyl, pay-TV operator Sky and its newly formed Sky Studios is emerging as a drama player you’d be crazy to underestimate. Nick Edwards reports When Sky revamped its original drama output in 2013, it aimed to create material that would match the quality of the […]