Banijay hires Twitter’s former French chief to lead digital expansion

Banijay has appointed the former MD of Twitter in France to a newly created role tasked with overseeing its digital expansion. Damien Viel becomes chief digital & marketing officer for the French production and distribution firm, taking charge of the group’s “digital diversification strategies” and tasked with pushing innovation globally. He reports into Banijay CEO […]

Double wins for ‘I Am Ruth’ & ‘The Traitors’ at Bafta TV Awards

Channel 4 drama anthology instalment I Am Ruth was among the biggest winners at the 2023 TV Bafta Awards, the annual event that celebrates the best of UK programming and performances. Produced by Me+You Productions and created by Dominic Savage, the show won the accolade for Best Single Drama, with star Kate Winslet also taking […]

ABC in Oz overhauls content & news teams, with job losses expected

The ABC in Australia has unveiled more details about the overhaul of its news and content operations, with job cuts expected. The content division will be led by former Netflix and BBC exec Chris Oliver-Taylor, while the pubcaster will ditch its regional bureaus and move staff into a single, central news unit led by Justin […]

Vice Media Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

US-Canadian youth-skewing digital firm Vice Media Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York and agreed a sale of assets to a consortium of lenders. As had been expected, Fortress Investment Group, the company’s largest debtholder, will form part of the new ownership, alongside Soros Fund Management and Monroe Capital. The group will […]

Blink49 Studios recruits eOne’s Tashi Bieler as head of production

Canada’s Blink49 Studios has appointed Entertainment One (eOne) alum Tashi Bieler as SVP and head of production. Based in Toronto, she will report directly to company CEO Jeff, Lynas. Working closely with the company’s leadership team and other senior executives, Bieler will oversee all areas of physical production and post-production, spanning from development through delivery […]

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 […]

Rare TV hires Discovery alum Greg Chivers for US programming

UK-based factual and formats prodco Rare TV has appointed writer, story consultant and executive producer Greg Chivers to the newly created role of US showrunner. Chivers joins the international team at Rare TV, working alongside VP of US development Christian Broadhurst and reporting to CEO Alexander Gardiner. He starts work immediately as exec producer of […]

Matt Tauber, Adam Fratto & Dr David Eagelman launch science-themed US production firm

Preacher producer Matt Tauber, former History exec Adam Fratto and neuroscientist & author Dr David Eagleman have partnered to launch a new US science-themed production company, Cognito Entertainment. Backed by private equity, the Los Angeles and Palo Alto-based firm will focus on stories from the world of science, spanning scripted and unscripted TV, features, documentaries […]

Banijay promotes creative networks co-leads Townley & Green to chief content officers

Production and distribution giant Banijay has promoted its creative networks co-leads, James Townley and Lucas Green, to chief content officers. Townley, who previously served as global head of content development, is now chief content officer, development, while Green, formerly global head of content operations, becomes chief content officer, operations. The pair were both elevated into […]

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