Opinion


Opinion: tech is game for TV takeover

With analysts this week claiming sports remains the critical factor in pay TV subscriptions, Iain McDonald from Lewis Silkin argues the battle for sports rights offers a glimpse into the future of television. With the arrival of US tech giants onto the scene, television has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade – a […]

Analysis – the next steps for the Digital Single Market reforms

Ingrid Silver from media law firm Reed Smith cast legal eye over why the European Parliament isn’t supporting Digital Single Market proposals and change the core programme distribution. Since May 2015, the European Commission has been driving forward its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The initiative comprises a number of proposed measures intended to promote […]

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 […]

Viewpoint: ignore Asia at your peril

Amanda Groom from coproduction specialist The Bridge assesses the state of the Asian market for international companies, and asks if anyone can ignore working in the region ahead of the Asia TV Forum & Market this week. This year’s MIPCOM was proof – if needed – of Asia’s unprecedented interest in global relationships and collaboration. […]

House moves are killing the basic pay bundle

Ahead of his keynote at Informa’s OTTtv World Summit tomorrow in London, former AMC Networks, MGM and Nickelodeon executive Bruce Tuchman argues that consumer behaviour – and people moving houses – is killing the basic cable bundle in the US. A year ago, there were still several industry prognosticators who sincerely and ardently expressed their […]

Analysis: why would Fox sell to Disney?

Yesterday, it emerged 21st Century Fox had held talks to sell much of its business to The Walt Disney Company. The questions are why, and why now. According to CNBC, the negotiations took place over the past few weeks, but have stopped for the time being. They could resume at any point, as the discussions […]

To boldly go… to MIPCOM

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, offers his thoughts on the latest MIPCOM. As we strapped ourselves in for another journey into the unknown of Cannes at MIPCOM one thing we knew for sure is that there were new stars in the ascendency such as Amazon and Netflix and as-yet unreached far flung galaxies […]

Australia should look to Canada for Netflix solution

Chris Hilton from Essential Media and Entertainment argues Australia could do worse than look at Canada’s production deal with Netflix in order make a fairer playing field for producers and broadcasters. Australia is a relatively small film and TV production market, which is why, in order to grow Essential Media and Entertainment, I established joint […]

The importance of knowing your history

Adam Jacobs of UK indie Woodcut Media argues the history programming is rediscovering its mojo, and will soon be the programming of the moment again. History has always been a popular genre within non-scripted schedules. Whether it’s the study of conflicts such as World War II or the weaponry used by troops during battle over […]

Feel-good programming is needed in our crazy world

Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron explores why feel-good titles from This is Us to Pay it Forward have been big hitters during a tough global political climate. Trump, Kim Jong-un, Brexit, Syria, terrorist attacks, the Las Vegas mass shooting, the Mexico City earthquake and hurricanes Irma and Maria: these are just a few of biggest news […]

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