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Opinion: TV content – where’s the innovation?

Megan Goodwin, joint managing director of digital consultancy Interactive Rights Management, argues TV companies are running scared of innovation in both production and progamme making, and wonders where the real disruptors are coming from. It’s no secret that the TV marketplace is going through major upheaval at the moment. As Ofcom found in its Communications Market […]

NBCU’s Matchbox hires Endemol Shine scripted exec

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS)-owned Australian producer Matchbox Pictures has hired well-known exec Mimi Butler. She has hired in a role that will see her work across development and production at the prodco, which is behind scripted series such as The Slap (pictured) and Deadline Gallipoli. Butler will be based in Sydney and takes on a permanent post. She […]

Mattel content chief exits for NBCU

Mattel chief content officer Catherine Balsam-Schwaber has moved to NBCUniversal (NBCU) in a move that appears to end Mattel’s ambitions in the original programming space. Last year, Mattel trumpeted its hire of Balsam-Schwaber to lead production division Mattel Creations at MIPTV, but she has now joined NBCU’s crafts-focused online portal Craftsy as general manager. “We […]

Anti-piracy group unites to combat threat

The Asian branches of companies such as NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company banded together this week to initiate work against the threat of content piracy. The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) united at the annual CASBAA conference in Macau yesterday to begin work to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding illegal downloading and […]

YouTube Red orders Rabbit reality show

Online service YouTube Red has commissioned a reality competition series from Finland’s Rabbit Films. Ultimate Expedition will see eight celebrities with no climbing experience attempt to scale the 19,970ft Mount Tocllaraju, with YouTube star and Rabbit USA president Jukka Hildén presenting. The ten-part show will roll out on Google-owned SVOD service YouTube Red in 2018. […]

Snap and NBCUniversal launch digital content studio

Snap and NBCUniversal are partnering on a new digital content studio that will make made-for-mobile programming that will primarily debut on Snapchat. The joint venture will be based in Santa Monica, California, and will initially focus on developing and producing shows – including scripted and other genres – for the Snapchat platform. NBC Entertainment veteran […]

TBI Weekly: Uncertainty ahead for DHX

After weak quarterly financials, Canada’s DHX Media is eyeing a sale or merger of the business, which owns kids hits from the Teletubbies to In the Night Garden. The move was a shock to the wider children’s TV community. The Canadian company’s revenue of C$298.7 million (US$239 million) missed analysts lowest estimates for its fourth quarter […]

CEO brushes off Comcast concerns

NBCUniversal (NBCU) parent Comcast is in rude health despite a recent stock price drop, according to its CEO. Comcast’s market cap recently fell around US$16 billion after a predicted loss of up 150,000 video customers in Q3 was revealed. Those losses were in part was related to Hurricane Irma battering Florida and Texas, and the […]

NBCU, BBC execs in as Cake expands sales team

UK-based kids TV distributor has a new head of sales, and has hired former NBCUniversal (NBCU) and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) executives to expand the team. Bianca Rodriguez (pictured) has been upped to sales chief, having joined the company in 2011. Working under her will be Julien Farçat, a former sales manager at NBCU, and Franscesca […]

E!’s programming chief Olde exits

Jeff Olde is leaving NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s US cable channel E!. No replacement has been named for Olde, who was executive VP of programming and development. In that post, he had worked up series such as scripted shows The Arrangement and The Royals, and unscripted programmes including Hollywood Medium, WAGS, Mob Wives and Botched. Olde’s departure […]

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