TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: Netflix’s record doc deal reveals “hunger” for youth-skewing fare

Netflix knocked down the house this week, dishing out a record-breaking $10m for a high-profile doc on newly appointed US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC – revealing a growing drive towards youth-targeting feature docs.  The sale for Rachel Lear’s Knock Down The House out of Sundance last week is the most lucrative doc […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

TBI Weekly: 10 things we know about Disney’s 2019 strategy

Disney revealed crucial details this week around its plans for Fox’s entertainment assets and how they fit into the business’s wider SVOD plans. We now know that the turbo-charged service set to give Netflix a run for its money is Disney+, which will launch with brands including Nat Geo, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Disney […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Comcast, Sky and the Murdochs?

As 21st Century Fox walks away from Sky after selling its 39% stake in the business to Comcast, Ampere Analysis research director Guy Bisson predicts that Sky will transform – but don’t expect major changes. Believe it or not, but I was one of Sky TV’s very first employees. Back in the late 1980s while […]

TBI Weekly: Why BT’s move away from drama might not be a bad idea

This week, BT boss Gavin Patterson (above) pledged that he would not invest in original dramas and focus on sport, which, contrary to received wisdom, may be a very good idea on his part. Going against the grain is a brave move, especially when drama is widely seen to be driving viewership for a range […]

TBI Weekly: Sub success for SVOD players

A range of stories from this week highlight that a push in original content is driving paid-for VOD subscriptions higher than ever as 2017’s year-end results pile in. Last year, subscriptions to the dominant SVOD players Netflix and Amazon continued to grow in various territories alongside lesser-known and more localised platforms. BARB, the UK ratings […]

TBI Weekly: new faces at Fremantle

FremantleMedia’s unscripted team in London will soon have a very different look, with Liam Humphreys making a raft of changes as Thames chief Richard Holloway exits. Humphreys, Fremantle UK’s CEO of unscripted (pictured), had decided to re-merge powerhouse production units Thames and Talkback, with Amelia Brown and Leon Wilson now running the united team. Execs […]