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AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan steps down as M&A rumours whirl

AMC Networks’ longstanding president & CEO Josh Sapan is stepping down, prompting further M&A speculation around the US-based broadcaster and streamer. Sapan has been with AMC for more than 25 years and is being replaced on an interim basis by Matt Blank, who had led HBO-owned Showtime for two decades before stepping down in 2017. […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Six Southeast Asia streaming super-trends for 2021

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & online at research powerhouse Omdia, offers six key insights set to affect the content business across Southeast Asia in 2021 and beyond. Southeast Asia offers great opportunities for media companies to scale in 2021, given its vast population. Covid-19 has sped up digitalisation in the market and […]

TBI Weekly: Will China’s media giants push Netflix out of Asia-Pacific?

Netflix is, for now, the undisputed global king of streaming, boasting close to 183 million subscribers across most corners of the world – but not quite everywhere. Mainland China is one territory where Netflix has yet to gain a foothold. It is instead ruled by its local media giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, known collectively […]

AMC cutting staff through voluntary buyouts

US cable channels group AMC Networks is to looking to cut staff numbers by offering voluntary redundancy packages to long serving staffers. The Walking Dead company currently has around 3,000 staff, but is looking to lower overheads by reducing headcount. AMC confirmed the buyout programme is in place for eligible employees, those who have been with the […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

ITV hitched to Bridezillas for new channel

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired Bridezillas and spin-off series Marriage Boot Camp for its new lifestyle channel ITVBe. The new young female-skewing channel launches on October 8 and the DCD-distributed shows will be part of its launch line-up. Both Bridezillas and Marriage Boot Camp (pictured) are both on female-skewed cable channel WeTV in the US. […]

Production ‘slowdown’ impacts DCD

UK indie DCD Media has said a “slowdown” in new production wil impact its full year revenues. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange, DCD reiterated that the end of money-spinning franchise Bridezillas, which WEtv cancelled last year, would impact 2014 revenues and “has required a reshaping of the cost base”. DCD expects […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]