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 […]

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 […]

Amazon Prime Video Japan to adapt Korean dating format ‘EXchange’

Amazon Prime Video in Japan is remaking South Korean relationship format EXchange. The series, in which one-time couples move into a house together and try to forge a new relationship by undertaking a series of tasks, will be titled Love Transit in Japan, where it will debut on 15 June. EXchange originally launched on CJ […]

Fox dishes up double order for more ‘Next Level Chef’

Fox has ordered two more seasons of Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition Next Level Chef. “Serving up two more orders of Next Level Chef was an easy decision on the heels of an incredible sophomore season, propelled by its historic post-Super Bowl debut,” said Allison Wallach, president of unscripted programming at Fox Entertainment, revealing commissions for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paramount cuts 25% of US division under Chris McCarthy following poor Q1 earnings report

Paramount Global is cutting around 25% of its US-based team across Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks, following its disappointing Q1 financial results. Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks, has informed staff in a memo that around a quarter would be cut “through the elimination of some […]

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