UK


Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively […]

Amazon launches subscription TV in UK, Germany

Amazon has launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package. Amazon Channels launches with a line-up of more than 40 channels in the UK and more than 25 in Germany and Austria, with Amazon promising more additions […]

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 […]

The Grand Tour drives Amazon above Netflix

New data shows that Amazon has stolen a march on Netflix in the UK and Germany, with The Grand Tour giving the SVOD service the edge over its rival. Amazon and Netflix never reveal viewing data, but research from Parrot Analytics covering both territories reveals mega-budget motoring series The Grand Tour has registered as the […]

In-demand chart: Germany (January 29-February 4, 2017)

Amazon is successfully taking on Netflix in Germany, Europe’s largest TV territory, with the overall most in-demand digital original, and another in the top five. Reflecting a wider trend, Amazon Prime Video has challenged Netflix with two titles in the top five digital originals in Germany: The Grand Tour in first place and The Man […]

UK, Germany clean up at international Emmys

Programmes from the UK and Germany led the way at the International Emmy Awards in New York last night, winning six of the gongs that were up for grabs. UK winners at the event, which was presented by Alan Cummings, came in the Best Performance by An Actor, Comedy and TV Movie/ Mini-Series categories, while […]

Brexit fails to dampen TV ad revs

Global ad revenues are set to grow healthily this year, despite pre-Brexit fears that the UK’s decision to leave the EU would have a negative impact. There has been a ‘mild weakening’ in the UK, but no widespread cuts to advertising budgets, a report has found. Media agency ZenithOptimedia tracks ad spend and publishes global […]

Mythbusters turns ten

Beyond’s Mythbusters has achieved what very few factual programmes have and become a long-running franchise. TBI speaks to the hosts and executive producer of the hit series. In one sense Mythbusters was actually born out of Robot Wars, the Mentorn show in which rival teams of geeks built robots before seeing which could most successfully […]

Impossible Kids execs form new kids indie

Karl Woolley and Jon Doyle, former Impossible Kids MD and creative director respectively, have joined forces to set up kids production company Laughing Gravy Media. Based in London, Laughing Gravy Media will continue to manage Impossible Kids’ current order Dinopaws – as well as developing and creating new multiplatform properties. Woolley said: “Jon Doyle and […]

Entertainment One hires head of sales for kids division

Producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has recruited Monica Candiani as its new head of international sales at its family division. Reporting to Olivier Dumont, Managing Director of eOne Family, Candiani will be based in eOne’s London office. She will be responsible for the international TV, home entertainment and digital sales of eOne Family’s properties, […]