TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]

Quibi reveals free ad-supported tier for Australia, New Zealand launch

Short-form streamer Quibi has launched in Australia and New Zealand and, in a move which acts counter to previous statements from the company, is offering a free ad-supported tier. The SVOD, which first launched in the US and Canada at the beginning of April, has to date only offered a $5 per month ad-supported service […]

Trevor Noah to front new Quibi gaming series

Quibi is launching a new video gaming series, fronted by South African comedian and TV presenter Trevor Noah. Noah, who is best known as the host of Comedy Central’s satirical US news programme The Daily Show, also claims to be a proficient games player, and will have his abilities put to the test in Player […]

Quibi converts less than 10% after free trial, report claims

Short-form streamer Quibi has come to the end of its 90-day introductory free trial and the initial outlook for the Jeffrey Katzenberg founded company is not good, according to a new report. Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower has said Quibi only saw about 72,000 of the 910,000 users who signed up for the trial decide […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: A week in numbers from the US to Singapore

Covid-19 has deeply impacted media around the world and while some sectors have made the most of locked down audiences, others are facing mounting problems. TBI takes you on a whistle-stop tour across the US, the UK, Southeast Asia and Brazil to get a taster of how different countries’ content and telco businesses are shaping […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg blames Quibi’s slow uptake on Covid-19

Jeffrey Katzenberg has admitted that the performance of his shortform streamer Quibi has been “not close to what we wanted” since its launch in April, but blamed the lack of uptake on Covid-19. Quibi said it has been downloaded 3.5 million times to date, with 1.3 million active users, far short of its target to […]

News round-up: FilmRise snags ‘MythBusters’; Nat Geo goes underground with Blink; Quibi orders adult animation; UKTV grabs ‘The Bill’

FilmRise takes on MythBusters & Deadly Women sales New York-based acquisition and distribution company FilmRise has acquired select international streaming rights to science show MythBusters and true crime series Deadly Women following a deal with Beyond Distribution. The company will distribute Deadly Women in the UK and MythBusters in both the UK and Australia. FilmRise […]

Quibi eyes TV as first week download figures emerge

Quibi’s CEO Meg Whitman has said the short-form streaming service was downloaded more than 1.7 million times in its first week – and admitted the company is looking at expanding to TV. There had been concerns that the on-the-go SVOD would be hamstrung by a nation that is largely housebound but the CEO told CNBC […]

Quibi day one downloads just 7.5% of Disney+

Quibi, the ambitious mobile-only short-form streamer helmed by industry stalwart Jeffrey Katzenberg, amassed a respectable 300,000 downloads in its first 24 hours. According to Sensor Tower, the app – which launched on April 6 in the US and Canada – managed to reach third in the Apple App Store chart behind Zoom and TikTok. Though […]

Quibi lights up ‘weed enthusiast’ show from ITVS’ Leftfield Pictures

Soon-to-launch short-form streamer Quibi has ordered a series that follows a marijuana enthusiast creating art for celebrity smokers. Let’s Roll With Tony Greenhand is from ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures and follow ‘cannabis artist’ Greenhand as he connects with a different celebrity weed enthusiast “to make their wildest joint dreams come true.” The show features Greenhand rolling […]

1 2 3 4