TBI Podcast


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This week the TBI Podcast is short and sweet! For some time now, the TBI editors have been buried in a dark bunker (otherwise known as TBI Towers) readying our MIPTV content, but they’ve found 20 minutes to discuss Jeff Zucker addressing Donald Trump at INTV in Jerusalem, David Abraham’s impending exit from Channel 4, and other big recent news stories

Episode #16 – Calm before the storm

This week’s pod features Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick, writer Jimmy McGovern, journalist Mischa Glenny and director Hossein Amini talking about their new shows at the BBC Worldwide Showcase. Plus, Stuart Thomson from our techy sister title Digital TV Europe reports from Barcelona about the content players wooing the telcos at the gigantic Mobile World Congress trade show, and Jesse Whittock and Stewart Clarke discuss YouTube TV, Netflix’s European spend and the future for ITV

Episode #15 – Mobile Content World

The TBI Podcast is back, and we’ve got news, views and a shiny new intro format for you to enjoy. The TBI team discuss this week’s BBC Worldwide Showcase, the various London screenings that have spawned around it, and a chaotic Berlinale International Film Festival. We also dissect the stories making headlines in international TV – who really won the Discovery-Sky carriage war, and what are Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks planning for their new indie business Expectation?

Episode #14 – From Liverpool to Berlin, via London and the internet

It’s two weeks after MIPCOM and the TBI team have survived the madness to bring you the key market takeaways, top talent interviews and subsequent breaking news. Eighty-year-old scriptwriting genius Andrew Davies tells us about his mission to save Les Miserables from the theatre, documentary hard nut Ross Kemp explains how he stays cool under pressure, and we report on the lay-offs at ITV, Netflix’s latest content funding raise and AT&T’s huge acquisition of Time Warner. Episode sponsored by Blue Ant International

Episode #13 – Ross Kemp on Cannes

Put that rosé down! Ahead of the madness of MIPCOM, TBI’s editors run down the shows, screenings and stars in Cannes for TV’s biggest marketplace. Plus, there’s discussion on how Westworld, could be HBO’s saviour in its war with Netflix, the network development execs joining SVOD services, and whether Disney is about to form the world’s biggest content company. This episode is sponsored by Blue Ant International

Episode #12 – Where Westworld meets MIPCOM

The latest TBI podcast reviews Shane Smith’s punk-rock attack on traditional broadcasting at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Plus, we hear from Sony Pictures Television’s programming bosses on their aims in the UK, and Gale Anne Hurd and Michael Cudlitz – aka Abraham Ford – from The Walking Dead tell Jesse Whittock how NBC envisaged a very different version of the show: a zombie-less procedural

Episode #11 – The biggest Vice in Edinburgh

The TBI team attempt to make sense of what the British vote to leave the European Union will mean for international television. Producers, distributors, lawyers and trade bodies contribute to this special investigation

Episode #10 – TBI Brexit edition

The TBI team has been travelling the globe to bring you on the ground reports from the LA Screenings, Roland Garros and the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. This episode features discussion on new dramas, the battle over stacking rights, and demand trends in central and eastern Europe, plus interviews with Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor, Law and Order creator Dick Wolf and comedy writer Mike Gibbons.

Episode #9 – TBI June/July edition

Ahead of getting on the plane to LA, TBI’s editors discuss what this year holds in store.
Covering the buzziest new shows, programming trends, and all of the news and gossip as the international TV industry prepares to see what the Hollywood studios are launching.

Episode #8 – TBI Podcast LA Screenings special

What did Vice’s Eddy Moretti reveal in Cannes? What’s happened to Disney’s CEO succession plan? Who was at MIPTV and where is the television confab going? TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock have the answers in the second part of our latest pod. Plus the top stories from tbi-dev.knect365.com

Episode #7.2 – MIPTV 2016 edition, part 2

Having recharged their batteries after a busy MIPTV in Cannes, France, Television Business International editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock take you through the top stories from the market. Features LeVar Burton and YouTube pair Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg

Episode #7.1 – MIPTV 2016 edition, part 1

Special guest Danny Fenton, the CEO of Zig Zag Productions, joins Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock for discussion on factual, formats and scripted programming ahead of MIPTV. Features audio from legendary footballer Gianluca Vialli

Episode #6 – March edition

Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock run down the stories setting the news agenda in early 2016 – features 21st Century Fox content boss Gary Davey, Sharon Horgan, The Walking Dead, Netflix and a review of TBI’s Big Questions report.

Episode #5.2 – Big stories from Q1

The TBI Podcast is back with our first episode in 2016! Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock talk telenovelas and hear from top US drama executives. Elsewhere, legendary music producer Quincy Jones and TV production master Norman Lear give NATPE Miami delegates their views on diversity in the Oscars and Donald Trump.

Episode #5.1 – NATPE round-up

The second part of TBI’s special podcast assessing the week that was at MIPCOM, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock speak with the people behind ITV’s Beowulf: Return to the Shield Lands, Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu and Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. Plus discussion on whether TV’s biggest trade fair is becoming a mini-festival.

Episode #4.2 – Post MIPCOM 2015 round-up, part 2

The TV industry is settling back down after a week of wild weather, big ticket screenings and business deals in Cannes, France. In the first of a two-part special reflecting on events at MIPCOM, Jesse Whittock and Stewart Clarke speak to UK property formats duo Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer and new Top Gear presenter Chris Evans.

Episode #4.1 – Post MIPCOM 2015 round-up, part 1

TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock hit the studio to discuss the biggest news in children’s TV as we head into MIPJr this weekend.

Episode #3.2 – MIPJunior 2015

As the industry descends on Cannes for MIPCOM 2015, TBI editors Jesse Whittock and Stewart Clarke look at the hot trends ahead of day one, discussing drama, formats and MIPCOM keynote speakers. See you at the Grand!

Episode #3.1 – MIPCOM 2015

In our second podcast edition, Television Business International presents a series of episodes looking into the international scripted programming space

Plus, catch chat and analysis from TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock on the burning news issues affecting the international TV business

Episode #2.5 – In the final part of TBI’s look into international scripted, we cast our minds back to early Netflix original Lilyhammer, whose star, Steve Van Zandt, talks windowing and the rise of SVOD. Elsewhere, Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock talk European drama and hear from BBC Worldwide’s Ben Donald and writer Jeff Pope.


Episode #2.4 – The latest edition of TBI’s scripted programming special leaves the US behind and looks at the growing appetite for European drama and international coproductions. FremantleMedia global chief Jens Richter, Versailles producer Claude Chelli, Sky’s Anne Mensah and writer Greg Poehler feature, and Jesse Whittock and Stewart Clarke present.


Episode #2.3 – The third part of TBI’s international scripted special features interviews with British writer Cris Cole, whose US series Mad Dogs in on Amazon and the creators of Ubermansion, and discussion on Showtime’s upcoming high finance drama Billions. As usual, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock present.


Episode #2.2 – In the second part of a special podcast on international scripted, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock delve into the latest US broadcast dramas. Featuring interviews with writer James Patterson on his CBS thriller Zoo, and Limitless producers Heather Kadin and Craig Sweeny.


Episode #2.1 – In the first part of TBI’s special series of podcasts of new scripted programming, editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock delve into the new US network comedies for the 2015/16 broadcast season. Features interviews with Ken Jeong on his new ABC sitcom, internet sensation Rachel Bloom on her musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and writer Tad Quill on Angel From Hell.


TBI’s three-part debut podcast features interviews with Idris Elba, Mena Suvari, director Roland Joffé, super-producer Mark Burnett and Discovery Networks International content chief Phil Craig

Episode #1.3 – In the final part of TBI’s debut podcast, unscripted super-producer Mark Burnett talks about his new, ultra-difficult ABC gameshow 500 Questions, while Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock discuss the changing nature of a format hit.


Episode #1.2 – In the second part of TBI’s debut podcast, Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock talk to Texas Rising director Roland Joffé and discuss Phil Craig’s programming plans for Discovery Networks International.


Episode #1.1 – In part one of Television Business International’s debut podcast, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock speak with Hollywood A-listers Idris Elba and Mena Suvari, and provide chat and analysis on the latest trends in drama.


The TBI Podcast is a coproduction of TBI and Wise Buddah recorded at the Wise Buddah Studios in London