Zee buys nets as Reliance exits general ents TV

Zee Entertainment Enterprises has acquired a pair of channels from Indian compatriot Reliance Capital, confirming the latter’s exit from general entertainment broadcasting. The agreement hands Indian broadcaster Zee the Big Magic and Big Ganga networks, plus hour other TV licences. Big Magic is a comedy channel for the Hindi-speaking markets, while Big Ganga is a […]

Internet advertising overtakes TV

Internet advertising accounted for greater market share than TV for the first time ever, in 2015, according to new research. The European Audiovisual Observatory (OBS) research shows internet advertising accounted for 33% of the whole ad market last year. The OBS claimed, however, that TV is holding strong in the face of booming internet advertising. […]

TBI’s Top 10 Stories of the Week – 4 November 2016

Could Eurosport become the ‘Netflix of sports’? That’s what cable giant Discovery Networks claims in our most-read story this week. Discovery’s disappointing financial performance also made headlines, as has a review of The Paper, which is fast becoming Croatia’s most important international drama ever. Major exec promotions at Fox Networks Group and Viacom, the big trends […]

Telcos are ‘taking over pay TV’

Telecoms companies will account for over half of all pay TV subscriptions in Western Europe and Lat-Am within five years, according to new research. Research house Ovum forecasts that over a quarter of all global pay TV subs will be through telcos, with additions largely going to be driven by organic expansion of IPTV services. […]

TBI’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Though a combined ‘AT&Warner’ equals a distribution and content monolith, just image the scale if Apple bought Disney or Netflix. CEO Tim Cook this week said tech conglom Apple was “intensely interested” in TV content companies, comments that equated to our number one story of the week. Our MIPCOM takeaways, Netflix’s latest cash raise plans, […]

TBI’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Our exclusive Distributor Survey 2016 has been top of the agenda this week on – providing readers with insights into the main issues affecting global television sales in 2016. Elsewhere, our report on new AMC drama The Son, and stories on the BBC’s first TV Everywhere initiative, Swedish in-demand stats and Sarah Muller’s move […]

Idris Elba prodco makes unscripted hire

Idris Elba’s UK indie, Green Door, has hired seasoned ITV and Leopard Films producer Miles Jarvis to head up its unscripted division. As an exec producer at ITV for six years Jarvis’ credits include the UK version of Dance Moms and Gino’s Italian Escape and This Morning. Prior to ITV he was at Argonon-owned Leopard, exec producing […]

ZEE expands US presence with Dish deal

Indian media giant Zee Entertainment Enterprises has expanded its reach in the US through a “landmark” deal with pay TV service Dish. The agreement sees ZEE, which is currently making a concerted international push having hired several new executives, launching 27 new channels on the linear Dish platform and its OTT service, Sling TV, including […]

So You Think You Can Dance auditions in India

An Indian general entertainment channel is set to launch a local version of talent format So You Think You Can Dance. &TV, which broadcasts in Hindi, has commissioned Endemol Shine India to produce the show, which debuted locally this week on April 24. It will then play each Saturday and Sunday in an 8.30pm slot […]

TBI December/January 2015/16

Television’s big questions: TBI asks the industry’s most influential players for their takes on the hot topics from last year, and what will define TV in 2016 Hungry for horror: What’s driving the hunger for horror television? Jesse Whittock looks for answers from the key broadcasters, producers and distributors behind fear-inducing TV Formats hot picks: […]