ITV Hub hits 500 million hours viewed in 2019

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has seen viewing hours on its ITV Hub catch-up service grow by 13% over the past 12 months, taking video consumption to more than 500 million hours in 2019. The broadcaster partly attributed this success to ITV Hub’s ubiquity, with the streamer being available on 28 different platforms. Unsurprisingly, hit reality […]

MBC’s South Korean format ‘The Masked Singer’ reaches 50 country milestone

South Korean broadcaster MBC has said its hit singing format The King Of Mask Singer (aka The Masked Singer) has now sold into more than 50 countries. The show premiered on MBC in 2015 and has already aired in Thailand, Mexico, Australia, France, Germany and Portugal, with its UK version debuting earlier this month. The […]

TBI’s forward thinkers: Fremantle’s Vasha Wallace

Vasha Wallace, EVP of global acquisitions & development, Fremantle Streamers started dipping their toes into the format business last year, how do you think this will change in 2020? We are going to see the streamers continue to grow and go from being US-based platforms to becoming more local platforms with a focus on local […]

Delivering expectations: The Masked Singer

Bandicoot co-founders Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton discuss the pressures and challenges of remaking hit singing format The Masked Singer, which debuted on ITV this weekend. Standing on the shoulder of giants is an overused phrase, but when it comes to producing The Masked Singer, we, here in the UK, are most certainly standing on […]

Sky cools on adding BBC/ITV streamer BritBox to set-top box

Sky has reportedly lost interest in a distribution deal with the ITV-BBC joint venture Britbox. According to a report in the Sunday Times, the operator feels that Britbox would not offer significant additional value to its customers, cooling hopes that the new SVOD could join the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer on its Sky […]

Sally Wainwright on directing, delegating and drawing women behind the lens

British writer-director Sally Wainwright, creator of Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack, is one of the few creative talents who can pursue whatever projects she likes. But as she tells Manori Ravindran, you can’t afford to be too complacent in this industry. Sally Wainwright, one of the UK’s pre-eminent writers, will be thinking long and hard […]

ITV Studios, Love Island help UK broadcaster fight advertising lull

ITV Studios’ shows including Love Island and Snowpiercer are set to boost the revenues of the UK broadcaster’s production arm by more than 5% this year. ITVS has been ramping up its stakes in production assets over the past five years, with deals for companies including Cattleya in Italy, US-based Tomorrow Studios and Piv Bernth’s […]

ITV orders gameshow special from Spun Gold

ITV in the UK has ordered a new format that pits previous contestants of major TV gameshows against each other. Quizmaster will be hosted by UK presenter Jeremy Vine and will feature 15 previous contestants of shows including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen To One and University Challenge. They will […]

UK parliament calls for high-end tax relief reform, terms of trade review

The UK’s high-end tax relief for drama should be reformed and producers’ Terms of Trade with broadcasters should be reviewed, according to a far-reaching report into the country’s TV industry. The UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has been reviewing the impact of SVOD services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB’s) such […]

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