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Lightbox scores Netflix Original with feature doc ‘Tell Me Who I Am’

Netflix has commissioned Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox for a feature doc on memory loss entitled Tell Me Who I Am. The Netflix Original, produced by Simon Chinn, is to premiere at next month’s BFI London Film Festival before launching on the streaming giant on 18 October. The film tells the story of Alex […]

TBI Weekly: Do producers have a “gun to their heads” over BritBox?

As international revenues for the UK’s TV production sector reach unprecedented levels, there is a battle brewing closer to home ahead of BritBox’s launch later this year, with trade body Pact claiming that producers have a “gun to their heads” over rights.   Major changes to BBC VOD platform iPlayer that see the 30-day catch-up window […]

Streamers push UK production revenues past £3bn mark for first time

UK TV production revenues broke the £3bn ($3.7bn) mark for the first time in 2018 with SVOD revenues accounting for a whopping 40% of all international gains, according to the latest Census figures from trade body Pact.  According to the annual Pact Census of the TV landscape, conducted via a financial survey of Pact members, […]

YouTube rejigs kids content strategy

YouTube is rethinking its approach to kids content after parent company Google agreed to pay $170m to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general that the video-sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136m to the […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Neighbours’ spin-off for My5 VOD service

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a spin-off of Australian soap Neighbours for streamer My5. The VOD platform has ordered Neighbours: Erinsborough High, a 5 x 22-minute series that will be produced by Fremantle. The programme will debut on My5 in November alongside Neighbours, which airs daily on Channel 5 and is available via […]

Quibi sees second high-profile departure in a month

Quibi has seen the second departure of a senior exec in less than a month. Content executive Janice Min is exiting Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming venture, just 10 months after joining the platform. The former editor-in-chief of US Weekly and co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, who worked as a […]

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey gets expanded remit at AT&T

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has been appointed president and COO of HBO parent group AT&T. The role – which will begin in October – sets up the long-time AT&T exec as the successor to chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, whom he now reports into. Stankey first joined AT&T in 1985 and has worked across all areas, […]

Amazon plots Fire TV expansion in Europe

Amazon is planning to launch its Fire TV offering in additional markets in Europe outside the UK and Germany in order to drive take-up of its Amazon Prime Video service, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon will outline its plans including a number of deals with media […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

Channel 4’s Katz deems Hulu co-pro “very unrelatable to British audiences”

Channel 4’s Ian Katz has called middling ratings for the UK broadcaster’s Hulu co-production The First a victim of domestic channels’ misdirected desire to compete with SVODs. The director of programmes said the Beau Willimon-created space travel drama starring Sean Penn was a “really class piece of work with a big star and Hollywood production […]