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Why shorter, more flexible dramas might be the future

Scripted seasons have been getting shorter over recent years and Covid-19’s impact on production looks to only be accelerating this trend, with some producers cutting episode counts to ensure delivery. Stephen Arnell explores what the longer-term implications might be Earlier this year, it was revealed that the second season of BBC and HBO drama His […]

TBI Weekly: Supersized restructuring reflects global streaming revolution

Covid-19’s impact on the global TV industry is going to be felt for years to come and the changes it has brought about are myriad. Yet while the focus at the start of the pandemic was largely on the impact on production and dwindling ad revenues for broadcasters, the repercussions more recently have seen a […]

UK’s ITV restructures to focus on streaming, with Kevin Lygo taking new role

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is to restructure its business around streaming and has named the key execs to head a new unit to drive the strategy. The ‘media and entertainment division’ includes two new arms, with a broadcast side focused on achieving mass simultaneous reach via linear and an on-demand team exploring digital product development […]

ITV to commission AVOD originals & eyes more BritBox coproductions

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall has said the UK commercial broadcaster will start to commission original programming for its AVOD service ITV Hub and has talked up co-production opportunities for its joint venture streamer BritBox. McCall, who has had to steer ITV through a huge revenue drop over the past six months since the pandemic started, […]

UK’s ITV partners with US streamer Spectrum on Two Brothers thriller

UK broadcaster ITV has partnered with Charter Communications’ US-based streamer Spectrum on a new psychological thriller exploring domestic abuse, to be produced by Liar prodco Two Brothers Pictures. Angela Black (6 x 60 minutes) is described as a “Hitchcockian thriller” and will star Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt, Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi. The show delves beneath […]

BritBox North America president & CEO Soumya Sriraman departs

BritBox president & CEO for North America Soumya Sriraman is leaving the BBC Studios and ITV joint venture streamer. Sriraman has been in the role since 2017, having previously been VP of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, before it became part of BBCS. She will formally depart at the end of […]

ITV adapts Spain’s ‘Game Of Talents’ and Belgium’s ‘Professor T’ formats

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local adaptation of Spanish gameshow format Game Of Talents, while filming has commenced on new crime drama Professor T, based on a Belgian scripted format. Game Of Talents is based on a format created by Fremantle and is being produced by Fremantle-owned Thames. The show sees contestants team up […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where next for linear TV’s Covid boom?

Covid-19 enforced lockdowns around the world had propelled viewing figures for linear networks skywards but with people now able to move more freely, what’s happened to those viewers? Adam Thomas, lead analyst for global TV markets at TBI sibling Omdia, reports. As of the end of August 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused more than […]

ITV’s ‘Doc Martin’ to treat final patient next year

UK broadcaster ITV has confirmed that the upcoming tenth season of its long-running drama series Doc Martin will be the show’s last. Production on the final season is due to begin in spring 2021 before airing on ITV later in the year. Explaining their decision to bring the show to an end, star Martin Clunes […]