ITV makes leadership change as Kevin Lygo replaces Peter Fincham, Netflix, NBC and the war of the ratings, and Ericsson to strengthen business by acquiring FYI Television : January 18th 2016

ITV makes leadership change as Kevin Lygo replaces Peter Fincham

Peter Fincham has announced that he will be stepping down from his position of ITV’s director of television. ITV Studios’ managing director Kevin Lygo will take his place.

Fincham has been with ITV for eight years and plans to move in a new professional direction. Julian Bellamy, ITV Studios UK managing director will move up to take over running the global business from Lygo.

Netflix, NBC and the war of the ratings

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer has responded to NBC’s claims about the streaming service’s ratings.

At a Television Critics Association’s Winter press tour lunch, NBC made comments as to the ‘reality’ of the viewer numbers on Netflix shows. The figures come from Symphony Advanced Media, and extrapolated the results from a combination of a 15,000 sample group and audio recognition from smartphones.

Netflix has never released viewing figures, a decision on their part to protect the creative process. There’s also the consideration of how an accurate comparison could even be established between a traditional, national-focused broadcaster and a global content streaming service with 70 million subscribers.

"Once we give a number for a show, every show will be benchmarked off that show," Sarandos said. "We may build a show for 30 million people and we may build a show for 2 million people. And we have shows that do that." Said Sarandos.

Ericsson to strengthen business by acquiring FYI Television

Ericsson has recently announced that it will be acquiring FYI Television.

The entertainment metadata and rich media content supplier will boost and secure Ericsson’s industry-leading position in broadcast and media.

FYI Television aggregates and distributes TV entertainment content and linear scheduling data from over 9,000 TV networks daily. From this point onwards the data is customised and put into formats covering everything from analytics to digital and content.

“As the TV industry evolves and viewing behavior changes, we believe that high-quality, rich metadata will be a key component for a personalized TV experience. Combined with our capabilities in TV platforms and content discovery, we will be able to help our customers to improve the video experience and identify new revenue opportunities.” Said Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, “FYI Television’s expertise and customer base in the US is a great complementary fit for Ericsson and will be an integral part of our growth strategy. It will strengthen our position as one of the leading providers of media services in the world.”

DTG Staff  |  18.01.2016

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