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TBI Weekly: ViacomCBS, a US deal with global implications

CBS and Viacom’s merger might have created a $30bn US-based content company but a foray into their assets reveals a swathe of interests that stretch far beyond American shores, with implications for companies in the UK, Argentina, Australia, India and beyond. In one light, the deal is simply the latest salvo in the long line […]

TBI Weekly: Women’s World Cup shows FTA broadcasters’ enduring appeal

The ratings success of the Women’s World Cup shows the power that free-to-air broadcasters around the world still wield and their potential to drive huge audiences, writes Ross Biddiscombe. There is every reason to believe that the FIFA Women’s World Cup of 2019 will be seen as a broadcasting breakthrough moment for women’s football after […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix’s rare transparency serves “global inspiration” to producers

Netflix’s unprecedented transparency in detailing its documentary strategy at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc market in France has provided “global inspiration” to producers while raising the bar for broadcasters.  A year into his role at Netflix, former Canal+ exec Diego Buñuel, who serves as a director of original documentary at the streamer, took […]

TBI Weekly: ‘Chernobyl’ is astonishing, but what’s next for HBO? (Column)

As HBO rolls out hit dramas such as Chernobyl that carry the signature marks of outgoing drama execs like Kary Antholis, TBI asks whether the WarnerMedia-owned cable channel can keep such high standards up for its SVOD-focused future.  To whomever leapt upon the Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) obscure TV ratings system to make a point for the […]

TBI Weekly: Making sense of the tug of war for BritBox (Column)

The reported friction between the BBC and ITV over windowing shows for their joint SVOD service BritBox UK, set to launch later this year, is a scenario everyone in UK television could have seen coming, argues Stephen Arnell.  There has always been an inherent tension between the BBC and ITV’s ambitions for their own FVOD […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from Netflix’s Q1 results

Netflix beat expectations all round for its first quarter results of 2019, drawing $4.52bn for Q1 and 9.6m new members, but here are five tidbits you might have missed from its earnings call with the streamer’s bosses. Disney is welcome competition Netflix boss Reed Hastings was keen to emphasise that new competition only makes the […]

TBI Weekly: Brexit fallout signals more competition for UK businesses

One week away from the UK’s Brexit deadline, it remains unclear what the country’s quest to exit the European Union really means, but one thing industry players are certain of is that an exit from the territory will ensure more competition for the UK’s production and broadcast businesses. While many are reluctant to catastrophise over […]

TBI Weekly: CNN’s Amy Entelis on how to build an Oscar-nominated doc

Since launching an originals strategy in 2012, CNN has built a formula for its series and films that has repeatedly produced award-winning non-scripted programming. This formula, according to Amy Entelis, executive VP for talent and content development at CNN Worldwide, is based on building context for audiences as they encounter increasingly complex political and social […]

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]

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 […]