UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

Reaction to major BBC Children’s TV investment

There has been a glowing reaction to the BBC’s pledge of an additional £34 million (US$44 million) to the UK pubcaster’s kids television efforts over the next three years. TBI rounds up statements emerging from around the UK TV industry…   Anna Home, founder and patron of the Children’s Media Foundation “The Children’s Media Foundation […]

UK-Brazil coproduction treaty ratified

The UK and Brazil production treaty has finally been formalised, smoothing the way for TV and film coproductions between the two countries. The pact was negotiated by the British Film Institute on the UK side, with support from the UK government, and the Brazilian Film Agency (BRAVI). Productions covered by the treaty will be given national […]

MIPTV gets into new zones

The organisers of MIPTV will have a new Latin American showcase as well as kids, virtual reality and Africa-themed areas at the market. Reed Midem said this week it is working with the City of Cannes on a new TV drama festival that will run in parallel with MIPTV from next year, and the organisation’s […]

PactUS plots digital expansion

The US arm of independent producers association Pact has forged a new alliance with a group representing producers of web content. The digital expansion also sees PactUS team up with a US law firm that specialises in digital programming deals. David Lyle (left), the former Fox exec who heads PactUS, is expanding the breadth of […]

EU moves ahead with controversial content plan

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing controversial new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s […]

US sales drive UK TV exports growth

Revenue from UK TV exports swung back to growth last year with sales to the US accounting for the biggest proportion of sales and the largest increase year-on-year. Distribution revenues had slipped 0.6% in 2014/15, but sprung back to positive territory in 2015/16, with the £1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) total up 10% year on year. […]

Reed Midem reacts to UK indie news

Reed Midem said today it will hold talks with UK indies and the UK Department for International Trade over how to best support independent UK companies at its markets in the wake of Pact’s decision to pull its Indies Pavilion. Indie trade group Pact confirmed this week it would no longer fund the Pavilion after […]

Brexit: UK media has shot at global expansion

A new report for the UK government looking at Brexit challenges and opportunities says there is a major opportunity for UK media companies to expand the business they do globally if the right policies are put into place. Soon after the UK referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union, the government and industry-backed Creative […]

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