TBI Digital: Year in Review

Twenty-sixteen was bookended by subscription VOD services taking their limited offers and launching them globally around the world – Netflix shocked the world by switching on in a total of 200 territories in January and Amazon Prime Video ended the year by doing the same (albeit after 12 months of flat-out denials). The impact for […]

IPCN’s live stream dreams

Live streaming have become big business in China, with hundreds of new apps allowing connected consumers to interact, and through advanced payment systems, reward the online talent directly. Rebecca Yang’s IPCN is bringing its TV savvy to the emerging sector The money that the stars of China’s live streaming scene can make prove it is […]

PACT demands Scottish indie support

British producers’ body PACT wants local and network TV commissioners to better support Scotland’s production sector. A new study, created in association with social research firm EKOS and Prospero, found that local commissioning could play a key role in developing the production sector, that co-commissioning should be supported and that local producers should be championed. […]

China: full speed ahead

As new drama coproduction and digital opportunities open up in China, TBI speaks to the international companies making movies in the world’s most populated company. China’s impact on television is  undeniable. The BBC wants to set up an on-the-ground production base there, Keshet  International is taking scripted shows into and out of the country, and […]

Anglo-Chinese content company IPCN staffs up

London and China-based content company IPCN has added two new staff to its ranks, poaching execs from Publicis and Shanghai Media Group, TBI has learned. Patrick Kai Xu (left) joins IPCN as vice president and head of operations, having been head of content at Publicis-owned ad agency Viviaki. Zhou Hao (below right) takes the newly […]

Turkish DJ format remixed in China

Turkish DJ format The Remix has been picked up for the Chinese market by a local rights and production group. IPCN, which has brought shows including Got Talent and The Voice into China, has struck an option deal with Remix creator and owner Global Agency to produce a local version. The Remix is a weekly primetime […]

Chongqing reveals revamped Next Top Model

Chinese broadcaster Chongqing Satellite Television (CQTV) has stepped in to created a beefed-up local version of China’s Next Top Model. Shanghai-headquartered producer and rights firm IPCN will produce the format’s fourth season in China following the commission. A 12x60mins season with a new celebrity judging panel is being shot in Shanghai and Chongqing. The finale […]

Mick Desmond exits IPCN as CMC buys in

China-focused rights business IPCN has secured an injection of capital from Chinese state-backed private equity fund CMC, while former ITV executive Mick Desmond has sold his share in the company and exited the business. The undisclosed investment from CMC, executed through its investment vehicle Gravity, gives it 48.1% of a new holding company, Pegasus. IPCN […]

Spain’s Phileas options formats to FremantleMedia, Endemol

Spain’s Phileas Productions has inked deals with FremantleMedia and Endemol for its format Don’t say it, Bring it! Phileas has teamed with Turkey’s Global Agency to distribute the format and it has clinched the deals with FremantleMedia in France and Endemol in Italy, which will both now attempt to get local versions of the show […]