Big changes at the BBC, 4K forecasts upgraded, and Sky and Showtime sign exclusive deal : January 22nd 2016

Big changes at the BBC

The BBC has announced a number of TV leaderships, in the wake of a new funding agreement.

With £550m of savings to make, a number of positions are being absorbed or removed entirely.

Acting director of television Mark Linsey, as well as entertainment controller Alan Tyler, factual boss Alison Kirkham and interim BBC2 channel editor Adam Barker are on interim appointments.

Along with staffing, there’s a larger restructuring project being overseen by director general Tony Hall. His plans for organisational review are anticipated to be released in April. Since his appointment in 2013, he’s been on a simplification drive and is using the new funding plan as a platform to drive the corporation toward being more efficient.

One ambition is to do away with the traditional commissioning teams for TV, radio and online content, and instead, move to a genre commissioning format. Charlotte Moore’s recent appointment as controller of television channels and iPlayer is evidence of this.

Genre commissioning was included in the BBC’s 2016 10 year blue print:

“We would be commissioning differently too, no longer treating TV, radio and online as separate sets of services, for instance, but looking across everything that we do to make the content that meets audience needs properly… that could have profound impacts on the shape and nature of our portfolio.”

4K forecasts upgraded

Forecasts on European 4K sales have been upgraded by Paul Gray, principal analyst at IHS Technology.

He broke the news to delegates from the Hollywood, IT Society and Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, saying that while UHD sales would be buoyant, there was a chance that consumers could be confused by the emergence of 8K displays in the marketplace.

Europe would see numbers of UHD units rise from 6.4 million last year to 21.8 million during 2019. 2016 is predicted to see sales reach around 12 million units.

In contrast, IHS predicts around 143,000 8K displays to be sold in 2019.

Sky and Showtime sign exclusive deal

Sky and Showtime have signed an exclusive long-term licensing agreement.

Sky Atlantic will become the only channel in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy to air content from Showtime.

“This is one of the most important content deals Sky has ever agreed, cementing Sky’s position as the market-leader in Europe for world-class drama.” Said Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky. “We are enormously proud that Sky will be the exclusive home to new Showtime programmes for many years to come, building on a relationship that has grown over time including producing three successful seasons of Penny Dreadful together.”

“This is the most significant international deal in the history of Showtime, and further signals the value and prestige of its content brand in the global marketplace.” Armando Nuñez, President & CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We look forward to working with our outstanding partners at Sky to present Showtime to its customers across Europe and on a wide range of their platforms.”

DTG Staff  |  21.01.2016

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