TBI Tech & Analysis: What’s behind Netflix’s Lat Am & Caribbean declines

Netflix’s recent strong subscriber growth in Latin America & the Caribbean has begun to shrink. Omdia’s Juan Villegas explains why the streaming giant’s strategy in the region may not have gone entirely to plan. Following a massive jump in 4Q22, Netflix lost subscribers in Latin America & the Caribbean during the first quarter of the […]

TBI Weekly: Are US majors approaching streaming profitability?

As the news cycle continues to be dominated by lay-offs and content cuts out of the US, TBI’s Mark Layton dives into the some of the biggest headlines from the past seven days to explore how these tough strategies may be starting to pay off for the major studios. Another week, another round of staff […]

Exclusive: Taking the long view on factual shortform

Shortform factual content is growing fast, but how does it fit into the kaleidoscope of other programming out there? Andy Fry finds out. There’s no lack of shortform factual storytelling in the world. With the emergence of social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, the last two decades have seen an endless outpouring of […]

Script to Screen: A Body That Works

Mark Layton talks to Shira Hadad, Dror Mishani and Shay Capon, the creators of Israeli surrogacy drama A Body That Works, about the inspiration and original plans for the Keshet 12 series. Having already sparked watercooler debate in Israel, Kuma Studios series A Body That Works has now brought its dramatic examination of surrogacy, fertility, […]

Exclusive: Three projects that underline France’s forward-facing scripted sector

French drama is evolving rapidly, as subject matter and new business models perk the attention of international buyers. Marie-Agnès Bruneau talks to the key figures behind three recent projects to find out about this latest evolution French drama is diversifying and new genres, topics and artistic styles are opening up the scope of interested international […]

Opinion: How to grow branded entertainment & avoid pitfalls

TBI resident commercial & brand expert Luci Sanan provides a checklist for producers looking to tap the fast-growing revenue streams in branded content & explains why rights still matter The branded entertainment space is evolving and it is growing. Fast. More producers are stepping into this world and are somewhat underprepared for the challenge. But […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Netflix’s ad-tier launch shows a failure to commit

Much has been made of Netflix’s recent push into ad-supported subscription models, but Omdia’s Tony Gunnarsson argues that the streamer has not fully committed to the move – and explains why. Netflix launched its new ad-supported subscription tier, “Basic with Ads,” in November 2022 in 12 markets, including the US and key international countries. Based […]

Regulating AI – TV’s next big challenge?

In this latest instalment of his monthly TBI column, consultant solicitor Julian Wilkins considers the future impact of AI on the TV production sector. Technologies such as NFTs and the Metaverse are having greater prevalence on the TV industry, affecting how we view programming and our interaction with shows. But arguably the biggest recent technology […]

Exclusive: How Southeast Asia is breaking format barriers

Southeast Asia may not be ready to challenge the dominance of North Asia’s TV format giants yet, but shows from Thailand and Malaysia are raising the bar across this fast-growing region, writes Marco Ferrarese. Asian TV formats have travelled around the world for decades, with shows like Ninja Warrior, Iron Chef and Dragon’s Den becoming […]

Exclusive: What Spain’s new tax incentives mean for int’l production

Spain and its regions have made headlines with new tax incentives schemes to attract global productions. Irene Jiménez makes sense of what’s on offer for international companies. Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western movies might have landed in Almería 50 years earlier, but it was Game Of Thrones that ultimately put Spain on the international […]

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