Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Will Smith fitness doc tops YouTube originals slate

Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced a new originals slate including one scripted and five unscripted shows, with a fitness series featuring Hollywood actor Will Smith topping the bill. Produced by Smith’s Westbrook Media label and YouTube Originals, the six-part unscripted series Best Shape Of My Life (working title) is set to debut next year, […]

YouTube unveils UK originals slate, with diversity & environmental focus

Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced a new slate of UK Youtube Originals, with a focus on diversity, sustainability and environmental issues. Launching on the YouTube Originals Channel from June onwards, the company says that the accessibility of its platform “offers opportunities for creators of all demographics from across the UK bypassing traditional media processes”. […]

TBI Weekly: Making a success of YouTube-first content

Streamers might be king right now but video-sharing platforms are more than holding their own, finding their place as a more natural home for viral videos and short-form content from professional studios and ‘bedroom creators’ alike. Services such as TikTok and YouTube are also providing a rich vein of creative talent for streamers in search of […]

BBC hires Disney alum to lead kids in-house drama production

The UK’s BBC has hired former Disney exec Tali Walters to oversee its in-house children’s drama production. Walters was most recently working at YouTube overseeing various kids projects and before that spent almost a decade at the Mouse House, where she worked on shows including Violetta. She will report into BBC Children’s head of production, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

YouTube preps TikTok rival Shorts for US launch in March

YouTube has confirmed that it will roll out the beta version of its TikTok-rivalling short-form video service in the US next month. Announced in a blog post outlining upcoming plans for the company, YouTube’s chief product officer Neal Mohan said that the short-form video tool, which is already available in India, will be expanded Stateside […]

TBI Kids: Unpacking animated co-productions & global potential

As Kidscreen gets underway, Helen Dugdale explores the rise in co-productions between Western and Eastern animation companies and finds out what makes the perfect IP for global exploitation. Co-productions in the kids space have been around for years but a variety of recent deals have turned heads and suggested a new wave of global co-operation is […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring the booming online video ad market

Revenues from the global video advertising market are expected to grow by more than 70% over the next four years, fuelled in part by adaptable broadcasters and AVOD. Research powerhouse and TBI sibling Omdia explores how this huge market is set to change. Global online video ad revenues will grow from $70bn in 2020 to reach $120bn […]