TBI Weekly: Seven ‘niche’ streamers that commission original content

Partnering with a major streamer to take your content worldwide can be a major ambition for many producers and distributors, but not every service that can offer your programming a home is a multi-genre behemoth chasing global domination. Global streamers are becoming increasingly open to more flexible rights deals that leave open the door for […]

Nature streamer WaterBear names co-CEO in leadership restructure

Environmental streaming service WaterBear has promoted Sam Sutaria to co-CEO, ahead of him taking on the role in full, as part of a restructure of its executive leadership team. The moves also see Poppy Mason-Watts named chief growth and impact officer, while Louis Botha becomes CFO. Former Deloitte consultant Jonny Siskind has also been named […]

Bilibili & WaterBear share co-pro budgets, rights flexibility & content demands

Chinese SVOD giant Bilibili and environmental-focused streamer WaterBear have shared their content demands, budgets and rights models in an informative panel at Sunny Side of the Doc this week. Taking part in a panel discussion at the market, the two streaming services shared their differing models, with both diving deep into co-production opportunities. Wei Su, […]

Stehmeier takes sole reins at OTF as Windemuth focuses on WaterBear

Bo Stehmeier has become sole CEO of My Octopus Teacher producer Off The Fence as co-CEO Ellen Windemuth has moved to become full-time CEO at its environmental streaming service WaterBear. Stehmeier returned to ZDF Enterprises-owned factual prodco Off The Fence at the start of this year, following his tenure as president of Love Is Blind […]

Exclusive: Nature streamer WaterBear moves into TVOD content

Natural world-themed streaming platform WaterBear is introducing a TVOD element, with well-known titles such as The Game Changers and Blackfish coming to the service to rent. While all its content has been offered free until now, WaterBear previously teased TVOD plans when exclusively sharing its launch strategy with TBI back in November 2020. The streamer is now […]

Nature streamer WaterBear rolls out in 30 more countries

Natural world-themed streaming platform WaterBear has expanded the presence of its digital platform and app into an additional 30 countries worldwide in its planned global rollout.  WaterBear launched in December 2020 in the USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark. The latest expansion sees it become available in Austria, Belgium, […]

Exclusive: Off the Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth on factual strategy & industry sexism

Following International Women’s Day, TBI continues its series of interviews with leading women in the TV industry. Here, Off the Fence and WaterBear founder Ellen Windemuth discusses the sexism she has faced during her career and what’s on the cards for her companies in the coming months. “My initial reason for starting Off the Fence was […]

London Screenings: Broadening horizons

Locked down audiences are craving new environments and the content business is doing its best to deliver them. Helen Dugdale  explores how the UK industry is embracing the travelogue With international and domestic travel currently off the cards for swathes of the world’s population because of the pandemic, a surging demand for onscreen escapism has […]

Environmental streamer WaterBear gains royal support

British royal Prince Harry has given his backing to the newly-launched environmental VOD platform WaterBear. The Duke of Sussex supported the launch by taking part in an exclusive video for the free platform, with the nine-minute A Conversation With Prince Harry made available to view today. In the film, the prince talks to WaterBear CEO […]