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TBI Weekly: Why companion podcasts are the new switchover programmes

Never mind cranking TV shows out of podcast IP, the real sweet spot in the audio world today is the companion podcast, with broadcasters increasingly commissioning audio production ventures for these popular brand extensions.  Tim Hammond, executive director of audio production giant Listen, says companion podcasts – which generally provide a deep dive or behind-the-scenes […]

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says $500m UK spend to rise in 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the streamer will spend £400m ($500m) on UK programming this year and added that there would be a “big increase” in 2020 as the company’s investment in the country continues to soar. The streamer’s UK slate to date tops 50 shows including Black Mirror, Sex Education and The Crown, […]

BBC boss says ‘Bodyguard’ has drawn higher ratings than ‘The Crown’

BBC boss Tony Hall has said that BBC shows such as Luther and Bodyguard reached bigger audiences in the UK than Netflix’s The Crown, according to The Guardian. Citing internal BBC data, Hall reflected on the size of Netflix’s viewing figures, claiming only 7m Brits watched The Crown despite the enormous spend on the show, […]

Netflix’s Sky drama hire points to a major UK strategy shift

Sky drama boss Anne Mensah’s appointment at Netflix has been hailed by the British production community as a major coup that could see commissioning power shift in the UK’s favour alongside more talent deals. After being linked to the sought-after UK scripted role at Netflix since early this year, the streaming giant revealed Mensah’s appointment […]

Netflix and HBO tie up for Emmy wins

HBO and Netflix reached a tie with 23 wins each during the 70th annual primtetime Emmys, which took place last night. Netflix surpassed HBO for the first time in Emmy nominations this July, but when it came to the crunch the two entertainment powerhouses reached a draw in award wins. Game of Thrones came up […]

In-demand chart: Finland (March 26-April 1, 2018)

Digital newbies make an impact in Finland this week, as new episodes of Santa Clarita Diet, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Marvel’s Jessica Jones arrive on the top lists. For the top ten digital originals list, Netflix had three titles with new episodes including Santa Clarita Diet, Voltron and Jessica Jones, making them the fifth, sixth […]

TBI Weekly: Beauty is power for Netflix

This week, it was impossible to ignore Netflix’s seemingly unstoppable rise as the company’s value was shown to exceed US$100 billion and it reported its highest ever quarter for new sign ups – something it described as “beautiful”. Beating Wall Street expectations, Netflix reported US$245 million in operating income and a global streaming revenue which […]

In-demand chart: UK (January 15-21, 2018)

Brit drama Peaky Blinders saw its demand rise significantly in the UK for this week, as season four reached its end and news of a fifth run arrived this month. Peaky Blinders, which came in second on the top overall TV shows list, has enjoyed decent success in the territory. The analytics come after a trio […]

TBI’s top ten stories of 2017

In many ways, 2017 was a landmark year for television and the wider world, with significant changes, good and bad, in both spheres. Here, TBI runs down ten stories that defined the past twelve months. 10. Movers and shakers The big trend last year was the exodus of television executives to lead commissioning teams for […]

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