TBI Tech & Analysis: Reflecting on results & Disney’s direct model

Ed Barton & Tim Westcott, senior analysts at TBI sibling Omdia, explore what the recent half-year results tell us about Covid-19’s impact on programming spend and provide their take on the global impact of Disney’s decision earlier this year to close its UK kids channels. Public media companies have been releasing financial reports for the […]

BBC Three snags exclusive UK rights for Sky & HBO’s Luca Guadagnino drama

BBC Three in the UK has picked up first window rights to We Are Who We Are, the widely anticipated Luca Guadagnino drama that is being co-produced by HBO and Sky. The eight-part limited series has been acquired from Fremantle, which sells the show globally and also owns The Apartment and Wildside, the two prodcos […]

Sky Arts to go free-to-air from September in UK

Comcast-owned pay-TV operator Sky will make its Arts channel free-to-air in the UK, the operator has announced. Starting from September, Sky Arts will launch on free-to-air terrestrial platform Freeview. Comcast-owned Sky said that this reflects “its mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts, at a vital time for the cultural sector.” […]

TBI Weekly: Gunning for a global return to production

Shows around the world that had been put on hold because of Covid-19 are resuming production, as companies and broadcasters begin to get to grips with new protocols and workarounds. Here are six takeaways from the past week that point to a brighter future. Great white hope Scripted production might still be off the cards […]

‘Suburra’ prodco Wildside prep Francesco Totti football drama for Sky

Sky has partnered up with Fremantle’s Italian producer Wildside on a drama about Italian football star Francesco Totti. Speravo De Mori Prima – The Series About Francesco Totti is being produced by Wildside’s Mario Gianani, with Virginia Valsecchi’s Capri Entertainment, The New Life Company and fellow Fremantle firm Kwaï also onboard. The six-part show – […]

NBCU lands streamer Peacock into a crowded US landscape

NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) fledgling streamer Peacock landed into a crowded US streaming market today, leaning on a free-to-view tier featuring over 13,000 hours of programming. The AVOD and SVOD service was initially rolled out to select users in the US in April, with senior execs admitting that Covid-19 had had a “significant” impact on its launch […]

Sky gets greenlight for Elstree’s ‘British Hollywood’ studio development

Sky’s new large-scale UK production facility, Sky Studios Elstree, has secured planning permission, enabling the pay TV operator to proceed with construction works, following a unanimous decision by Hertsmere Borough Council. Sky’s investment in the facility is being backed by its owner Comcast and is in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal. Legal & General will be […]

Sky acquires remaining 30% in ‘Bake Off’ creator Love Productions

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has taken 100% control of Bake Off creator Love Productions. The deal, revealed in the company’s annual accounts yesterday, was completed in February and sees Sky Ventures acquiring the remaining 30% stake in the firm it did not already own. Sky’s first investment in Love came in 2014 when the […]