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Delivering live sport to fans despite Covid-19 lockdown

2020-04-08T11:19:00+01:00By

Live sports broadcasting is at the forefront of technological innovation - from immersive overlays, HDR camera operations to harnessing data and 5G, industry experts share tips on ways to sophisticating the delivery for audiences.

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Behind the scenes: Dummy

2020-04-07T11:53:00+01:00By

Quibi launches with a new production method and tantalising creative storytelling possibilities.

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ViacomCBS closes $275m acquisition of Miramax stake

2020-04-06T12:25:00+01:00By

ViacomCBS has completed a deal with BeIN Media Group to acquire a 49% stake in global film and TV studio Miramax for around $275 million.

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Live production week: How the industry innovates

2020-03-31T18:29:00+01:00By

Live content continues to play a key role in many broadcaster’s portfolio, despite current challenges in setting up live productions. IBC365 looks at some of the innovations the industry has developed in live production over recent years

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Coronavirus: How vendors are helping home workers

2020-03-26T14:13:00+00:00By

From free licences to online tutorials, manufacturers have rallied to help those tasked with keeping the world in content while working from home.

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Analysis: Covid-19 impacts studio production schedules

2020-03-24T12:15:00+00:00By

As studio facilities around the world postpone productions and shut down in a move to halt the spread of coronavirus, UK’s WarnerBros, Dock10 and Pinewood remain operational.

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Going remote: Your guide to working out of the office

2020-03-23T15:48:00+00:00By

With the coronavirus disrupting entire industries, IBC365 looks at how the media and entertainment sector can work remotely.

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Industry webcasts & Ozark season 3 arrives

2020-03-23T11:35:00+00:00By

23 - 29 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Chernobyl and The Virtues triumph at BPG Awards

2020-03-13T13:36:00+00:00By

Chernobyl and The Virtues were honoured in the drama categories of the BPG Awards, which were presented today at a ceremony in London.

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Apple’s Jay Hunt and Vice TV’s Tamara Howe join WFTV mentoring scheme

2020-03-09T15:56:00+00:00By

Women in Film and TV UK has launched its 10th annual mentoring scheme this year backed by executives from Apple, C4, BBC, Sky and Sony Pictures.

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Disney+ strikes distribution deals in Italy and Spain

2020-03-09T12:51:00+00:00By

The Walt Disney Company’s answer to Netflix is going global with its European launch set for later this month amid a series of exclusive multi-year distribution agreements.

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Industry leaders launch initiative to champion women in sports

2020-03-09T09:00:00+00:00By

HBS Broadcast Academy has launched Project Access, a cross-industry initiative that aims to improve opportunities for women to enter and advance in sports broadcasting.

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Sony appoints Wood as head of services for Professional Solutions Europe

2020-03-06T22:33:00+00:00By

Sony has announced Giles Wood as its new head of services for Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

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IBC Show calls for awards nominations

2020-03-05T13:12:00+00:00By

IBC is calling for industry success stories and triumphs of innovation to be submitted as entries for the IBC Innovation, Young Pioneer and Social Impact Awards, which will be announced in September at IBC2020.

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RTS announces nominees for 2020 Programme Awards

2020-03-03T12:10:00+00:00By

Fleabag, Sex Education and Coronation Street go head-to-head for the 2020 Royal Television Society Programme Awards, winners to be crowned later this month.

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Deutsche Telekom bids on aggregation with Disney+

2020-03-02T12:40:00+00:00By

German telco Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with Walt Disney to gain the content rights for Disney+ on its MagentaTV platform to fight against the competition from Vodafone.

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Augmenting the reality

2020-02-28T08:54:00+00:00By

The potential of augmented video for immersive experiences is unparalleled with the futuristic innovations and mixing of realities but what’s next for adoption?

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Tech innovators can offer future cinematographers a route to differentiation

2020-02-27T13:27:00+00:00By

Getting a job behind the camera is more competitive than ever, despite the increasing volume of content creation. Could becoming more tech savvy offer a route into the industry?

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Lightbox poaches Lionsgate VP

2020-02-25T16:49:00+00:00By

Production company Lightbox has hired Lionsgate vice president Nicole Laufer to drive its US development slate.

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Re-animators: Night of the living avatars

2020-02-24T17:02:00+00:00By

Reusing footage of deceased actors is a growing business, but Hollywood should be as concerned about the digital avatars of the living, writes Adrian Pennington

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Live production: Delivering a richer viewing experience

2020-02-20T14:58:00+00:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to learn how broadcasters use the latest technology to create richer and ultimately more immersive viewing experiences.

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The Oscars of Podcasting Awards to debut 2021

2020-02-18T12:27:00+00:00By

Podcast industry leaders have united to launch the Podcast Academy, an annual podcast program awards to celebrate the popular audio format.

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Disney hires former BBC exec Keelan

2020-02-14T16:41:00+00:00By

Disney has recruited former BBC executive Liam Keelan in a new role in which he will oversee new original productions across Europe and Africa.

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Sky takes the fight to streamer rivals

2020-02-14T16:05:00+00:00By

Broadcaster’s lavish programming showcase this week was designed to send a message that it is serious about taking on rivals like Netflix and Disney+.

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ISE 2020: Communication technology rampant

2020-02-13T10:13:00+00:00By

XR, Esports, smart buildings, and the evolution of screens are some of the core topics being discussed at this week’s ISE conference. Adrian Pennington investigates the AV Tech show.

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Verizon unveils London 5G lab and studio

2020-02-11T11:58:00+00:00By

US telco Verizon has launched a new 5G lab and production studio in London – the company’s first 5G-enabled facility outside of the United States.

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Parasite makes Oscars history with Best Picture win

2020-02-10T08:04:00+00:00By

South Korean film Parasite has made Oscars history by becoming the first non-English movie to scoop the Best Picture gong at the Academy Awards.

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RTS Scotland announces winners of the 2020 Student Television Awards

2020-02-06T15:47:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Scotland Centre last night honoured the winners of its 2020 Student Television Awards.

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RTS opens 2020 Bursary scheme

2020-02-04T10:33:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its bursary scheme for 2020, further expanding opportunities and eligibility for students across the UK.

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Fox Sports gears up for 4K HDR broadcast at Super Bowl 2020

2020-01-30T13:37:00+00:00By

Super Bowl LIV will see Fox and its partners offer 4K HDR for the first time. But it won’t be shooting in native 4K. James Pearce investigates.

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Immersive audio: Bringing the noise

2020-01-30T13:31:00+00:00By

With 2020 promising to be a landmark year for Next Generation Audio (NGA), broadcasters are seeking solutions that can remain responsive to the still-evolving expectations surrounding immersive audio production, writes David Davies.

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BBC and ITV lead the RTS TV journalism nominations

2020-01-30T11:33:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society has unveiled the nominations for its 2020 Television Journalism awards with the BBC leading with 28 nominations and ITV following with 10.

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BBC News to cut 450 jobs

2020-01-29T17:09:00+00:00By

The BBC has announced plans to cut around 450 jobs from its news arm as part of a “modernisation” plan aimed at saving around £80 million by 2022.

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ITV names Endemol’s Lisa Perrin new MD

2020-01-28T12:11:00+00:00By

Endemol internal memo reveals James Townley and Sarah Sedazzari will take on Perrin’s responsibilities at the company’s Creative Networks division.

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NBC to produce Tokyo Olympics series for Snapchat

2020-01-24T15:15:00+00:00By

Snapchat and NBC are teaming up to produce customised Olympics content for users in the US with four daily shows on the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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Behind the scenes: The Witcher

2020-01-23T15:25:00+00:00By

Fantasy drama The Witcher combines magic and mythos taken from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and the well-known game series. Framestore, which worked on VFX for the Netflix show, tells IBC365 about building a new fantasy world.

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Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards winners announced

2020-01-17T11:02:00+00:00By

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.

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SMPTE 2020 call for papers now open under new review procedure

2020-01-16T10:31:00+00:00By

SMPTE has opened up entries for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 conference.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the Editing nominees

2020-01-15T12:13:00+00:00By

The Irishman and Joker look set to battle it out for the Editing category at the 2020 Academy Awards, writes Adrian Pennington.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the VFX award nominees

2020-01-14T15:24:00+00:00By

With the 2020 Academy Award nominations now announced, IBC365 looks at who is leading the way for a gong in the VFX category.

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Joker and 1917 lead Oscar nominations

2020-01-14T13:00:00+00:00By

The full list of nominees for the 92nd Oscars has been announced with box office hit Joker leading with 11 nominations and Sam Mendes’ first world war drama 1917 following with 10.

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Golden Globes: The full list of winners

2020-01-06T11:37:00+00:00By

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 were among the winners at last night’s Golden Globes, both picking up awards in the best motion picture category.

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Craft leaders: Rachel Morrison, ASC

2020-01-03T12:52:00+00:00By

The films of Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer best known for Black Panther, are unusually politically charged. She speaks to IBC365 as she embarks on her directorial feature debut.

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Behind the scenes: Jojo Rabbit

2019-12-24T10:41:00+00:00By

Jojo, a normal kid with a vivid imagination, an absent father and a need to fit in, settles on a pretend friend in the form of Adolf Hitler. In filmmaker Taika Waititi’s World War II satire, this fantasy is experienced as a matter of fact.

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Top 10: Create & Produce

2019-12-16T15:37:00+00:00By

As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Create & Produce category.

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Foxtel signs multi-year content deal with Discovery

2019-12-16T11:50:00+00:00By

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has signed a multi-year agreement with US factual giant Discovery to bring its premium content down under.

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Amazon scores Champions League rights & Comcast to spend $2bn on Peacock service

2019-12-12T12:00:00+00:00By

9-13 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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2019 review: The technology shaping content creation

2019-12-11T13:45:00+00:00By

Interactive drama, games engines, holograms, aerial spectaculars and digital cosmetics showed the blend of content and tech innovation has never been stronger

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Behind the scenes: Cats

2019-12-11T13:41:00+00:00By

From page to stage to screen, how director Tom Hooper and DP Christopher Ross transmogrified the megamusical

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Viacom completes CBS merger

2019-12-05T12:32:00+00:00By

Viacom has announced the completion of its merger with CBS Corporation to create “a premium content powerhouse with global scale” set to invest more than $13 billion in annual content.

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Sky invests £3bn in production at new Elstree studio

2019-12-03T11:07:00+00:00By

Sky Studios has announced it will invest in the UK creative sector with the development of a new TV and film studio creating over 2,000 new jobs.

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HBO Max: Too late to the streaming party?

2019-12-02T14:43:00+00:00By

Despite a powerful programming line-up, the jury is out on whether the costly HBO Max can carve out a space for itself in the crowded streaming market. Tim Dams reports on WarnerMedia’s OTT play in IBC365’s series on new SVOD platforms.

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Industry innovators: Quantel

2019-11-25T23:09:00+00:00By

In its heyday, Quantel’s tools were the must-have items for finishing houses. In the second of IBC365’s Industry Innovator series, Adrian Pennington looks at how Quantel gave broadcast a quantum leap into the digital era.

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Interview: Barbara Lange, SMPTE

2019-11-15T10:27:00+00:00By

The industry is going through a transformation, and so is SMPTE. A year into the 100+ year old Society’s major project, executive director Barbara Lange sits down with James Pearce to discuss its plans.

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Netflix and Nickelodeon enter multi-year film and TV deal

2019-11-14T12:23:00+00:00By

Global streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year output deal with Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.

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Deluxe appoints new CEO

2019-11-08T13:36:00+00:00By

Deluxe has completed a restructure of the business and appointed Eric Cummins to the role of chief executive.

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Chernobyl and Killing Eve lead RTS Craft and Design nominations

2019-11-07T16:23:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft and Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television, aiming to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production across 30 categories.

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Craft Leaders: Edward Norton, filmmaker

2019-11-07T09:15:00+00:00By

Edward Norton has planned to adapt Motherless Brooklyn for over 20 years. But the actor, director and producer has been quite busy, he tells Adrian Pennington, as the film hits US screens.

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Behind the scenes: Diego Maradona

2019-11-05T16:46:00+00:00By

Editor Chris King and director Asif Kapadia tackle Argentina’s footballing enigma, Diego Maradona, in this documentary which comes to DVD this month

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Behind the scenes: His Dark Materials

2019-11-01T10:03:00+00:00By

Any adaptation of Philip Pullman’s multi-layered fantasy His Dark Materials must decide how to represent the cast of animalistic ‘daemons’ which feature constantly throughout the story. Adrian Pennington spoke with key members of the VFX team to find out how.

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Pinewood ends Wales studio deal

2019-10-31T16:30:00+00:00By

Pinewood Group is to end its involvement with the studio complex in Wales as the facilities firm continues to focus on developing its south east England sites.

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Viacom inks short-form content production deal with Facebook

2019-10-30T11:50:00+00:00By

Facebook Watch will showcase a slate of new commissioned short-form content after inking a deal with Viacom Digital Studios “to drive engagement.”

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Vision mixers: Switching it up

2019-10-28T12:18:00+00:00By

The art of production mixing may not have changed profoundly in recent years, but the call to deliver to extra platforms and satisfy more streamlined productions are among the trends heralding fresh challenges for system developers.

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Atomos acquires Timecode Systems

2019-10-25T09:17:00+01:00By

Atomos has acquired Timecode Systems, the UK manufacturer of wireless sync technology.

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RTS opens 2020 Programme Awards

2019-10-24T10:30:00+01:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) programme awards are open for applications seeking to recognise extraordinary talent across all genres in British television.

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MovieLabs to focus on security with new whitepaper

2019-10-23T10:01:00+01:00By

SMPTE 2019: MovieLabs is set to launch another white paper focussed on the security needs of the industry, following the successful release of its 2030 vision report in August.

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SMPTE focusses on storytellers at 2019 conference

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SMPTE 2019: Non-profit training and studio organisation Exceptional Minds kicked off SMPTE’s Storytellers agenda at the SMPTE 2019 conference with a discussion about people with autism working in VFX and production.

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ProSiebenSat.1 set for sale of US production business

2019-10-11T11:20:00+01:00By

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media wants to sell its US production arm by the end of the year, with bids due by then.

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Rise partners BT Sport and Sky to launch education programme ‘Rise-Up’

2019-10-09T16:07:00+01:00By

Gender diversity advocacy group Rise has launched a new schools outreach programme aimed at educating children about opportunities in the broadcast and media space.

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All3Media forms finance fund with Cinetic Media

2019-10-04T11:39:00+01:00By

All3Media America has joined forces with financing and distribution firm Cinetic Media to establish an original content development fund.

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Jane Turton appointed chair of RTS board of trustees

2019-10-01T10:31:00+01:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has appointed All3Media chief executive Jane Turton as Chair of the organisation’s board of trustees.

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RTS opens student TV awards

2019-09-26T10:13:00+01:00By

Celebrating the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK, the Royal Television Society has launched the RTS Student Television Awards for 2020.

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Amazon Studios inks exclusive deal with Phoebe Waller-Bridge

2019-09-25T10:49:00+01:00By

Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been signed to Amazon Studios to create and produce new TV content for the technology giant’s video streaming platform.

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BBC Studioworks unveils Moultrie as new CEO

2019-09-25T10:17:00+01:00By

BBC Studioworks has named BBC Studios UK MD, consumer products and publishing, Andrew Moultrie as its new CEO.

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Behind the scenes: The Goldfinch

2019-09-24T16:04:00+01:00By

Complex, dense and 800 pages long, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt has become this year’s prestige cinematic literary adaptation.

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Apple and Microsoft join Academy Software Foundation

2019-09-20T14:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Apple and Microsoft have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Software Foundation, bringing its membership to 27 companies.

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Netflix chief Hastings pledges increased investment in UK content

2019-09-20T11:07:00+01:00By

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said today that the streamer would step up its spend in the UK, its biggest production market outside the US.

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Hollywood takes cloud-based leap of faith

2019-09-16T08:20:00+01:00By

IBC2019: At the IBC Conference session, ‘Hollywood’s vision for the future of production in 2030’, session, tech bosses from the big studios gathered to discuss MovieLabs’ whitepaper aimed at rethinking production workflows.

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IBC2019 Preview: Monday

2019-09-15T14:24:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Monday mega movie showcasing Toy Story 4.

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A 10-year vision for the future of media production

2019-09-15T13:08:00+01:00

Major challenges in the production and distribution workflow could hamper innovation, and that is why non-profit technology research lab MovieLabs has been working with its members on how best to integrate new technologies, writes Richard Berger, MovieLabs.

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Solving diversity beyond the tick boxes

2019-09-15T09:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Driving innovation in creativity, business advertising and technology are linked directly with diverse workplaces and leadership teams, required for a sustainable future.

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“We need to at least double our screen count”

2019-09-15T09:22:00+01:00By

IBC2019: India’s robust film industry is “heavily underscreened” the IBC2019 audience heard.

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Global players back the “golden era” of creativity

2019-09-14T09:47:00+01:00By

Leaders of the most influential content studios address the liberties of production amid the burgeoning digital landscape and the challenges to the craft of television.

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Broadcasters called to make sustainability cool

2019-09-13T14:36:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Building a positive environmental movement to educate and empower audiences and activate global change lies with broadcasters, a panel agree during the IBC Lounge Talk.

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IBC2019 Preview: Saturday

2019-09-13T14:03:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Saturday night mega movie showcasing The Lion King.

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BBC NHU: “The pace of change is crazy”

2019-09-13T12:47:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Colin Jackson, senior innovation producer at BBC Studios, and heading up a team at its Bristol Natural History Unit (NHU), wowed delegates at IBC’s Big Screen session ‘Planet innovation: A BBC Studios natural history showcase’.

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Interview: Michael Zink, Warner Bros.

2019-09-13T12:24:00+01:00By

Michael Zink of Warner Bros. tells Paul Bray about some of the emerging technologies that are making waves in the media industry, and reveals why he’s excited by the prospect of autonomous vehicles.

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BT Sport switches focus to remote production

2019-09-13T11:59:00+01:00By

IBC2019: With remote production set to be a hot topic at IBC2019, Paolo Pescatore takes a look at BT Sport’s plans for the new technology.

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IBC2019 Preview: Friday

2019-09-12T14:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights and the must-see conference sessions, feature areas, Elton John’s Rocket Man on the Big Screen, and AWS 4K Charity run sign up.

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Video: Andy Serkis on the future of motion capture

2019-09-12T12:31:00+01:00By

Actor, director, producer and studio head - Andy Serkis has done it all. Ahead of his appearance at IBC2019 the Lord of the Rings star talks to IBC365 about developments in MoCap technology, industry trends and the challenges offered by OTTs.

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Interview: Lisa Opie, BBC Studios

2019-09-12T12:06:00+01:00By

Bringing the BBC’s production arm into the commercial realm involves entering new partnerships, complex deal making and a desire to keep on innovating according to BBC Studios’ UK production head, Lisa Opie.

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Interview: Nuno Fonseca, Sound Particles

2019-09-09T11:29:00+01:00By

Applying the techniques of 3D video animation to sound creation could take cinema audio to a new level of realism, Sound Particles’ Nuno Fonseca tells Paul Bray.

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Young Pioneer: Leader, visionary and influencer

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By

In the second instalment of a two-part feature with the shortlisted finalists of the new IBC Young Pioneer Awards, IBC365 speaks with the seven finalists recognised as the brightest up-and-coming talent.

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Q&A with IBC Social Impact Award finalists

2019-09-06T10:19:00+01:00By

In this first instalment of a two-part feature looking at the finalists of the new IBC Social Impact Awards, IBC365 speaks with the shortlisted companies transforming the industry.

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Astonishing performances

2019-09-06T09:50:00+01:00By

From Gollum to King Kong, Andy Serkis is widely credited as the man who brought performance capture into the mainstream. Ahead of IBC2019, the actor/director sat down with James Pearce to discuss the growth of this technology and his long association with it.

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Tuning into talent

2019-09-05T14:34:00+01:00

The UK TV industry is diversifying both culturally and geographically and the Royal Television Society (RTS) is at the heart of championing this change, says Theresa Wise.

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UK BAME workforce exceeds average for VFX, post and animation sectors

2019-09-05T10:24:00+01:00By

UK Screen Alliance, Access VFX and Animation UK have released a report on the progress and challenges for diversity and inclusion across the VFX, post-production and animation industries.

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RTS unveils full line-up for Cambridge Convention

2019-09-05T10:02:00+01:00By

The Royal Television Society has revealed the full speaker line-up for its upcoming 2019 Cambridge Convention, with new speakers announced including ITV chair Sir Peter Bazalgette; Ofcom director of content media policy Vikki Cook and journalist Piers Morgan.

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Esports eclipses expectations

2019-09-04T08:00:00+01:00By

Esports offers opportunities for broadcasters. With its growing fan base and complex rights management changing the landscape, IBC365 examines the lessons in production from the cutting edge of gaming.

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ProSiebenSat.1 looks to offload Red Arrow Studios

2019-09-03T13:52:00+01:00By

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 is undergoing a strategic review with reports pointing to a sale or industry partnership for its international production business Red Arrow.

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Lenses and the quest for character in changing times for film

2019-09-03T12:59:00+01:00By

Growing demand for large format lenses that enable rich video depiction using a shallow depth of field is among the trends affecting a highly competitive sector of equipment manufacturing, writes David Davies.

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Walt Disney sells Yes Network in $3.47bn deal

2019-08-30T12:42:00+01:00By

Amazon, Sinclair Broadcast Group and the New York Yankees are among the companies to make up the investor group which has bought Disney’s Yes Network.

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Edinburgh TV Festival roundup

2019-08-27T15:29:00+01:00By

Linear channels use Edinburgh TV Festival to spell out ways they are tackling competition from streaming platforms.

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Sinclair closes deal with Disney on 21 sports networks

2019-08-27T11:40:00+01:00By

Sinclair Broadcast group has completed the acquisition of the equity interest in 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports from The Walt Disney Company.

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A question of scale

2019-08-26T09:46:00+01:00By

Since taking over as CEO of All3Media in 2015, Jane Turton has expanded the superindie through acquisitions and organic growth, with a strong focus on scripted and ‘quality programmes and people’. That’s because ‘scale matters’ in today’s complex TV landscape, she tells Insight.

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Hollywood tech chiefs call for collaboration and innovation

2019-08-20T06:00:00+01:00By

“Inherent inefficiencies” in production workflows “threaten to limit our future ability to innovate,” MovieLabs boss warns.

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Insight: Your guide to IBC2019

2019-08-16T09:58:00+01:00By

IBC preview magazine Insight contains interviews with keynote speakers, an overview of some of the technology trends that will dominate IBC2019 as well as guides to the show’s exciting and innovative features, from the Future Zone to the Esports Showcase.

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Interview: Colin Jackson, BBC

2019-08-13T08:18:00+01:00By

IBC2019’s Big Screen programme includes the Planet Innovation: A BBC Studios Natural History Showcase. BBC Natural History Unit’s Colin Jackson explains all about the genre.

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Fox appoints Carney as COO and sets out new creative approach

2019-08-08T09:42:00+01:00By

Former Sony Pictures executive Amy Carney has been appointed chief operating officer at Fox Entertainment.

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Sky Studios invest in first indie prodco

2019-08-07T13:51:00+01:00By

Sky Studios announced today its acquisition of a 24.9% stake in True to Nature, one of the UK’s fastest growing producers of high-end natural history programmes.

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Disney drops Fox assets in new streaming bundle

2019-08-07T11:25:00+01:00By

The Walt Disney Company will offer a bundle package of three streaming services including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99, the company confirmed yesterday.

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Premier League: VAR, True View cameras and piracy

2019-08-06T14:20:00+01:00By

In the second part of IBC365’s look at coverage of the coming English Premier League season, Adrian Pennington writes on the impact VAR and piracy will have on the League.

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MBC launches collaboration between MENA and Hollywood

2019-08-06T08:24:00+01:00By

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC Group has launched an initiative designed to build closer working ties between Hollywood and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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Premier League 2019: Amazon and HDR to debut

2019-08-02T07:32:00+01:00By

With the new Premier League season set to kick off, Adrian Pennington looks at the major innovations behind the broadcast of Football’s biggest league.

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Driving next level production efficiency

2019-07-22T08:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

Remote production in the cloud is the next step for broadcast coverage, writes Haivision EVP & CMO Peter Maag.

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How Henley is rowing up the stream

2019-07-17T16:16:00+01:00By

Henley Royal Regatta has seen a growth in entries and interest after it opted to live stream its races through YouTube. Ian Volans looks at the 180 year old rowing event’s streaming strategy.

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Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO lead Emmys 2019 nominees

2019-07-17T15:19:00+01:00By

UK productions Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Bodyguard and Fleabag lead the 2019 Emmys nominees with limited series Chernobyl and When They See Us recognised as expanding the TV landscape.

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IABM announces new Board of Directors

2019-07-15T11:43:00+01:00By

IABM has unveiled its new Board of Directors following a biennial election.

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How streamer spend is reshaping programme making

2019-07-11T14:21:00+01:00By

The rise of the streaming platforms has sparked a production boom, affecting superindie groups through to smaller indies. It has had a major impact on all genres of programme making too -  and the way that shows are now financed. Tim Dams reports.

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Capturing the first - and last - small steps on the Moon

2019-07-08T15:32:00+01:00By

NASA has always known the value of good publicity so, as well as the towering technological achievement of the Moon landings, it also put huge efforts into making sure the American public got to see them happen in realtime.

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Netflix to open UK production hub at Shepperton Studios

2019-07-04T13:59:00+01:00By

In a major UK expansion, Netflix has signed a multi-million pound deal to create a production hub at Shepperton Studios outside London.

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2019-07-03T12:18:00+01:00By

ITN Productions has adopted Sony CI cloud platform. George Jarrett speaks with head of postproduction Olly Strous to find out what Impact the technology has had to ITN’s workflow

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Behind the scenes: Neither Wolf Nor Dog

2019-07-01T15:44:00+01:00By

Scottish filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson on how he overturned conventional wisdom in making, marketing and distributing his Native American movie from the ground up.

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One small step: Broadcasting the Apollo 11 moon landing

2019-06-27T07:30:00+01:00By

BBC broadcaster James Burke speaks to IBC365 about the future of TV 50 years after covering the live Apollo 11 moon landing

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NEP agrees deal for Sweden’s HDR Group

2019-06-26T11:20:00+01:00By

The NEP Group is to acquire HDR Group, a full-service production services firm based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Queer broadcasting: Delivering live diversity

2019-06-20T11:02:00+01:00By

During Pride Month, LGBTQ+ global streaming network Revry simultaneously broadcast the Trevor Live gala across multiple global channels reaching more than 9.4 million viewers.

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UHD and HDR requires customised workflows

2019-06-05T10:11:00+01:00By

Delivering UHD and HDR content requires skill and customised workflows to transform the creative process, as industry experts weigh in on the new formats for productions.

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Video: Nordic operators champion FAANG collaboration

2019-05-28T14:42:00+01:00By

Canal Digital chief technology officer Henke Erichsen speaks to IBC365 on the industry challenges and benefits of collaboration.

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Red Bull Media House’s mission to re-activate the senses

2019-05-14T09:59:00+01:00By

Red Bull is using biometric data to transform the viewer experience. Chief innovation officer Andreas Gall explains how, and explains why he thinks audio is so important.

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Disney sells sports networks in $10.6bn deal

2019-05-07T16:18:00+01:00By

Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed the expansions of its sports and cable TV assets in the acquisition of 21 regional sports networks (RSN) from Walt Disney Company.

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Camera roundup: Focus on smaller, smarter and more flexible

2019-04-30T12:19:00+01:00By

Although support for 4K/UHD production is steadily growing in importance, value for money, general functionality and flexibility remain priority concerns for users.

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Transforming creativity in the cloud

2019-04-30T10:47:00+01:00By

Moving to the cloud can involve a “leap of faith” but increased flexibility and improved security have enabled new ways of collaborating and creating content.

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Ex-Apple, Warner execs launch Media Musketeers indie

2019-04-11T12:57:00+01:00By

Former Apple and Warner Bros executives have partnered to launch a European production company focused on high-end TV and feature films.

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The cloud gets crowded

2019-04-10T18:00:00+01:00By

The cloud allows for revolutionary gains in speed, flexibility, and collaboration, with the industry on a fast track to deploying workflows with Google, Microsoft and Amazon. So it’s little wonder that NAB has been awash with new launches based on cloud technology.

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MipTV: French TV embraces risk to stay relevant in digital era

2019-04-10T16:31:00+01:00By

A noticeable shift toward greater risk-taking and collaboration by French broadcasters was one of the big talking points at the MipTV programming market in Cannes.

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SMPTE calls to students

2019-03-20T09:00:00+00:00By

Applications for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual student paper award and scholarship have opened.

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Interview: Claire Hungate, Brave Bison

2019-03-08T12:31:00+00:00By

Changing the culture of production companies and breaking up the “boys club network” should be a top priority according to Brave Bison boss Claire Hungate.

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Interview: Richard Halliwell, Atrium

2019-02-19T09:28:00+00:00By

A drama commissioning club for telcos, Atrium launched nearly two years ago with great fanfare and a mission to help regional telcos compete with global streamers for high-end drama projects. Tim Dams checks in on Atrium’s progress so far.

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Home is where the art is: Immersive tech in film and TV

2019-02-06T11:25:00+00:00By

The 4K/UHD expectations of some leading streaming services mean that the home viewing experience could soon rival that encountered in commercial cinemas, writes David Davies.

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Ang Lee’s high frame rate Gemini Man “the future of cinema”

2018-12-21T06:00:00+00:00By

Oscar winning cinematographer Dion Beebe has described using ultra high frame rates to film Ang Lee’s sci-fi actioner Gemini Man, as part of the future of cinema.

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IBC’s owners review 2018’s industry milestones

2018-12-19T15:44:00+00:00By

From the auction of Sky, to the rising interest in 5G and growing adoption of AI, IBC’s owners share their highlights and reflections of the last 12 months.

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Your guide to Raw production

2018-12-06T08:00:00+00:00By

IBC365 takes an in-depth look at an increasingly popular choice for acquisition, with new methods trading cumbersome, data heavy workflows for virtually identical image fidelity but at lower data rates and file sizes.

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Video: The esports opportunity

2018-11-28T12:00:00+00:00

Experts at the cutting edge of esports explore opportunity within the market, including content evolution and brand partnerships, whilst keeping a close eye on governance and regulation.

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Up to the Task: Selling comedy to the world

2018-11-19T15:56:00+00:00By

Gameshow Taskmaster has been a standout hit for UKTV and is now entertaining audiences around the world. Creator Alex Horne and execs from UKTV and production company Avalon explain how the show was exported to 17 countries.

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Immersive drives audio capture at IBC

2018-10-24T11:08:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

There’s a huge amount of change taking place in the audio business, driven by the move towards immersive sound. Nowhere was this clearer than at this year’s IBC.

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Interview: Andrew Dunne, BBC Studios

2018-10-18T12:06:00+01:00By

Andrew Dunne brought unique perspectives about high dynamic range and distribution to the IBC Big Screen session ‘HDR focus: Blue Planet II and The Grand Tour’. George Jarrett was able to dive deep and explore his point of view.

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Watch: Peter Jackson brings colour to WW1

2018-10-16T18:54:00+01:00By

Grainy, black and white footage of World War One has been given the ultimate restoration treatment to startling effect in They Shall Not Grow Old.

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New voyage for Discovery

2018-10-09T11:01:00+01:00By

JB Perrette is totally changing the look and feel of Discovery Networks International.

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Interview: Peter Smith, Antenna Group

2018-09-25T07:01:00+01:00By

Antenna Group is an Athens-based multinational broadcaster with a very strong presence in Greece (with its ANT1 free-to-air channel) as well as radio stations, and channels in Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania. Its media investments include broadband services, publishing, music labels, and even a credit card business. IBC365 speaks to ...

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APAC and MENA: Huge complications, but opportunities

2018-09-17T13:12:00+01:00By

IBC2018: India has eight versions of Big Brother, while young people are abandoning conventional TV in the Middle East… The challenges of operating in the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets were laid bare in two IBC panels.

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Why AI may never match craft skills in production

2018-09-17T09:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2018: The strongest case for the use of AI production tools is in lower cost genres of television, says BBC AI Research Engineer Craig White.

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Technical innovation and excellence celebrated at IBC Awards

2018-09-16T18:30:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Awards presented to Eurosport, Medialaan, RTÉ, Econet Media, BBC R&D as well as Sesame Street co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney

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HBO focuses on latest cinema drones

2018-09-16T10:04:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2018: High end cinema drones were put through their paces by programme makers in an HBO documentary which premiered at IBC.

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BBC Studios unveils short form fund

2018-09-13T14:37:00+01:00By

IBC2018: New fund will back drama and comedy shorts, announces BBC Studios boss Tim Davie in keynote IBC address.

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Alliances are the way to win young viewers

2018-09-13T13:07:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2018: Broadcasters must partner with digital platforms like YouTube, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook to launch shows that attract young audiences, says Endemol Shine’s Peter Salmon.

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BBC Studios flexes its global muscles

2018-09-13T12:29:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Creative deal making, speed and solid financial backing are vital for broadcasters like the BBC to secure the best content, says BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie.

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Interview: Matt Tabaccos, Ruptly

2018-09-13T09:36:00+01:00By

A multi-disciplinary media executive with over 12 years of experience in cross media production and business development. Matt Tabaccos leads the commercial strategy at Ruptly Video News Agency, helping the company become the go-to brand in news media.

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Video: David Abraham: "Content will remain king"

2018-09-11T06:43:00+01:00

Wonderhood Studios Chief Executive and Founder on what the future will look like for broadcasters, their relationship with the technology giants and the “great opportunities” on the horizon.

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How to join the SVOD party

2018-08-30T14:21:00+01:00By David Wood

With the barriers to entry to launching an OTT service coming down all the time, David Wood finds out how producers are going direct to market with niche offerings such as True Royalty.

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Interview: Peter Salmon, Endemol Shine

2018-08-22T10:51:00+01:00By

Broadcasting veteran Peter Salmon has a job that demands he be ubiquitous, crossing platforms, formats and countries alike as he spins ideas around the ‘internationally travelling community’ of one of the world’s biggest content factories.

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Sports lesson: How to engage fans in the digital age

2018-08-22T10:36:00+01:00

For traditional broadcasters, the world of sport provides inspiration for stirring up fan engagement. Google’s Strategic Partner Lead for Broadcast & Sport Ben Napier explains how.

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The challenges of niche sports production

2018-08-17T10:58:00+01:00By

Sports federations are increasingly partnering with sports producers to broadcast their niche events, IBC365 talks to leading sports producers about the do’s and don’t of covering smaller tournaments.

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On-demand webinar: IBC2018 themes

2018-08-17T10:02:00+01:00Brought to you by , by

Watch on demand as IBC365 previews the anticipated themes and highlights of IBC2018.

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Artificial Intelligence: Are algorithms the new video director?

2018-08-13T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

To meet the viewer expectations of instant news and coverage of anything that moves, broadcasters and brand owners are pressured to accelerate their output. At the same time, budgets are shrinking, says Mobile Viewpoint Managing Director Michel Bais.

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Video: IBC and TM Forum collaborate on telco convergence

2018-08-07T13:27:00+01:00

As telcos look toward verticals for 5G, IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp and TM Forum Chief Executive Nik Willetts explain how the TM Forum’s Catalyst programme can develop use cases within the media and entertainment industry.

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Is the short-form bubble bursting?

2018-08-03T09:00:00+01:00By

Does news that Vivendi is to close its Studio+ mobile focussed short content platform only two years after launch point to wider weaknesses in the short-form market?

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Brexit: Media industry concerns

2018-08-02T06:00:00+01:00By

With the deadline to Brexit fast approaching, IBC365 asks leading media executives about the big issues they want government to resolve.

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Interview: Jeremy Fox, Atrium TV

2018-07-25T12:44:00+01:00By

Jeremy Fox, along with former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer, has a new scheme to provide ammunition to telcos wanting to rival Netflix and Amazon. And it’s working.

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DPP reveals production polarisation

2018-07-20T11:37:00+01:00By

With more video being produced than ever before and an increasing array of platforms on which to consume content, the DPP set about examining how today’s production companies work.

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IBC2018 Innovation Awards shortlist revealed

2018-07-05T12:43:00+01:00By

CCTV, RTÉ, ESPN and Discovery are among the broadcasters shortlisted for the IBC2018 Innovation Awards.

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One moment in time: The making of Whitney

2018-07-03T07:26:00+01:00By Stuart Kemp

Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald and his production team tell IBC365 how they overcame poor quality 1980s home video archive to bring his latest feature doc, Whitney – about the iconic but troubled star - to the big screen.

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Analysis: What Discovery’s $2bn golf deal means for the broadcaster

2018-06-13T08:18:00+01:00By

Discovery’s $2 billion purchase for all non-US television and digital rights of golf’s PGA Tour tournaments could create the largest single sport OTT offering, but why has the broadcaster decided to invest so much in the sport?

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Q&A: Five startups that want to change media

2018-06-08T10:21:00+01:00By

In the first in a two-part series we showcase five startup companies from around the world that offer innovative solutions to disrupt the traditional technology ecosystem.

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Boosting audience connection with remote production

2018-06-06T11:19:00+01:00By

Increasing audience demands for more content and more engagement are driving a new wave of remote production, but the big players stress that, as ever, connectivity is a key factor.

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NBA shoots for eSports glory

2018-06-05T14:49:00+01:00By

The new age battle for eSports audiences and revenues between the world’s top professional leagues took a giant step forward this month with the launch of the NBA’s own eSports league.

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Tapping into local video talent

2018-05-28T07:00:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

With many broadcasters still grappling with how to collaborate with freewheeling creators, has BBC Wales hit on the ideal model for community interaction?

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Time to increase BAME representation in broadcast

2018-05-22T19:10:00+01:00By

Attitudes might be moving in the right direction but there’s still an imbalance facing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) talent in the broadcast industry

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Making sports more TV friendly

2018-05-22T08:58:00+01:00By

From Tie Break Tens tennis to Power8 Sprints rowing, bite-sized sports are shooting for digital audiences with short attention spans.

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Craft Leaders: Roger Deakins, Cinematographer

2018-05-16T14:54:00+01:00By

Looking back on almost 50 years of iconic films, ranging from The Shawshank Redemption and The Big Lebowski to Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049, the British cinematographer discusses his creative approach and his life in pictures.

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Calling the shots on diversity in film and TV

2018-05-11T08:25:00+01:00By

Women are under-represented in all areas of broadcast, from leadership roles at hardware and software firms, to directors and script writers, camera operators and engineers.

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Craft Leaders: Julian Slater, Sound Designer

2018-05-10T10:33:00+01:00By

Oscar-nominated sound designer Julian Slater speaks about new ways of editing sound and why the term ‘immersive’ can be a red herring.

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Spotlight on: Immersive film makers

2018-05-04T11:24:00+01:00By

IBC365 speaks to three VR and 360-degree video directors and cinematographers about how they capture immersive content and what the future holds.

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Spotlight on: Mobile journalists

2018-04-27T10:28:00+01:00By

Mobile video journalists (MoJo) from CBC, RTE and BBC offer insight into how technology has revolutionised reporting, the impact of mobile apps and the threat to traditional reporting.

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Blog: There's no such thing as a magic bullet

2018-04-20T10:14:00+01:00By

With ever-increasing competition among broadcasters for viewers and revenue, John Maxwell Hobbs asserts there is no ‘magic bullet’.

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How archive was used for Michael Caine’s My Generation

2018-04-10T02:19:00+01:00By

The power of archive is dramatically on show in Lionsgate’s Michael Caine-fronted feature documentary My Generation, which traces the cultural revolution that occurred in the 1960s.

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Grass Valley and SAM: The challenges and benefits of consolidation

2018-02-19T16:44:00+00:00By

Belden’s decision to buy SAM and combine it with Grass Valley continues a long history of acquisitions for both companies, but what are the challenges in merging the firms and what does the deal mean for the wider industry?

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Belden to merge SAM with Grass Valley

2018-02-08T23:55:00+00:00By

Belden has completed its acquisition of SAM (Snell Advanced Media), which it will now merge with Grass Valley.

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EBU champions public service media

2017-11-16T09:16:00+00:00By

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has launched a campaign to demonstrate that public service media (PSM) is key to a strong society.

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Dangers of front line reporting

2017-11-03T11:04:00+00:00By

Is this the most dangerous time to be a journalist? Industry figures spoke to IBC365 on reporting in a conflict zone, facing threats and the fake news phenomenon.

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IBC2017 technical papers: Audio

2017-11-03T10:27:00+00:00

Technical papers on audio presented at IBC2017 included UK startup Salsa Sound, which went on to win the IABM Annual Conference Dragons’ Den competiton earlier this month for its live sports broadcast system.

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Is greater vendor consolidation inevitable?

2017-11-03T08:00:00+00:00By

At IBC2017, industry leaders spoke of the likelihood of consolidation among vendors, but what is driving M&A activity and what will it mean for the industry?

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Video: Interview Tom Toumazis

2017-10-31T09:00:00+00:00

IBC2017: Social media channels want to provide a challenge to the long-form content aired on pay and free-to-air TV channels.

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Analysis: Why Apple hired former C4 exec Jay Hunt

2017-10-27T10:38:00+01:00By

Apple’s recruitment of former Channel 4 creative boss Jay Hunt is a shot across the bows of both traditional broadcasters and digital rivals, writes Kate Bulkley.

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