TBI Weekly


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 […]

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 […]