May 1, 2020

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U.K. Ad Market Forecast to Shrink by £4.23 Billion

TVEUROPE The latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report has a revised forecast for U.K. advertising spending in 2020 of £21.13 billion ($26.5 billion), down 16.7 percent from 2019.


76 Percent of U.S. Broadband Homes are OTT Subs

TVUSA A survey by Parks Associates has found that 76 percent of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to an OTT service, reflecting a gain of 6 million households since Q1 2019.

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Baby Cow Productions Appoints New Managing Director

TVEUROPE Sarah Monteith has been tapped to fill the newly created role of managing director at Baby Cow Productions.

My Brilliant Friend Renewed for Season Three

TVDRAMA HBO and Rai have ordered a third season of the drama series My Brilliant Friend, created by Saverio Costanzo and based on Elena Ferrante’s four-part book series.

BBC Sets Eurovision 2020 Replacement Schedule

TVEUROPE The BBC has unveiled a new schedule featuring Eurovision content across TV, radio and online in celebration of the music competition, which will not be taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

TV Kids Pre-MIPCOM & Pre-MIPJunior Edition

Staying Connected

Updating daily, Staying Connected features feedback from media executives across the globe about how the pandemic has impacted their lives and businesses.

MIDiA: Historical & Crime Dramas “Dominating” Lockdown Viewing 

TVDRAMA The demand for historical and crime dramas is rising in the U.S. amid continued stay-at-home measures that have led to significant increases in video streaming, according to MIDiA Research.

Kidoodle.TV’s Brenda Bisner on Safe Streaming Amid COVID-19

TVKIDS Brenda Bisner, chief content officer at Kidoodle.TV, talks to World Screen Newsflash about what the safe streaming platform has in store—from new titles to educational initiatives—for kids and their parents as they’re finding themselves spending more time at home amid the global health crisis.

TV Kids In-Demand

Studio Lambert’s Celebrity Watch Party Lands on FOX

TVFORMATS Celebrity Watch Party, a new U.S. take on the Gogglebox format, is slated to launch on FOX May 7.

Netflix Sets New African Original Series

TVDRAMA Netflix has a new original series out of Africa coming to its roster with the dance drama Jiva!

Sinking Ship, TVOkids & Shaw Rocket Fund Team for Home4School

TVKIDS Sinking Ship Entertainment is launching Home4School, a new learning-at-home experience for kids, in partnership with TVOkids and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

PJ Masks Season Four to Launch with Special Extended Episode

TVKIDS The fourth season of PJ Masks is set to kick off next month with a special extended episode.

Celebrating May 5th with Martin Garrix to Premiere on Insight TV

TVREAL Insight TV is set to broadcast a one-hour music special featuring DJ and producer Martin Garrix celebrating May 5 events around the world.

POPS Rolls Out AVOD App for Kids & Families in Thailand

TVKIDS POPS Worldwide has launched its free AVOD service, POPS App, in Thailand today, with over 2,000 episodes from shows specifically curated for kids and families.

New Hire for Cottonwood Media & Federation

TVKIDS Cottonwood Media and Federation Entertainment have appointed Tiffany Weltman to the newly created position of director of digital marketing.

New From WorldScreenings

ZDF Enterprises – Great Inventions

***Video***(Science/knowledge, 35x50 min.) A celebration of humankind's great inventions that have completely transformed our world, from rather mundane household breakthroughs to spectacular innovations in technology and science.
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SPI International – TDC (Timeless Drama Channel)

***Video***SPI/FilmBox’s premium Turkish drama channel Timeless Drama Channel is one of the fastest growing drama genre channels in the world. TDC reaches 5 million homes in 14 countries and continues to expand its footprint across the globe.
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Dori Media Group – The Box

***Video***(Kids reality format, S2) Talent show for kids (aged 5 to 14), where viewers will see, for the first time, a social media star born on TV.
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GRB Studios – Cashed Out

***Video***(Factual, 10x60 min.) Whether it’s drugs, dishonest accountants, or greedy parents, our Hollywood insiders know the real stories behind your favorite celebrities’ massive fortunes and fallouts.
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Albatross World Sales – The Rhône

***Video***(Science/travel, 1x52 min. 4K) The Rhône is one of the longest and most significant rivers in Europe. Its waters flow past historic landmarks, high-tech industrial areas and an extraordinary variety of landscapes.
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The Ink Factory’s
Simon Cornwell

The Ink Factory Co-Founder on how the company has continued to find success with literary adaptations.

TV Drama Weekly

Behind the Scenes of Deadwater Fell
Daisy Coulam, writer and creator of Deadwater Fell, talks about crafting the four-part drama.

TV Real Weekly

How’d They Do That?
The latest evolutions in the diverse pop-science genre, where everything from engineering shows to motoring series are in demand.

TV Kids Weekly

Jetpack’s Dominic Gardiner
The CEO of Jetpack Distribution talks about comedy’s elemental role in kids’ content.

TV Formats Weekly

Media Ranch’s
Sophie Ferron

Media Ranch's founder, president and executive director shares the details of the company's new Quick Turnaround Format (QTF) category.

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