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Sunset Studios plots £700m UK complex

Plans to build £700 million (€820m) film and TV studios facility in the UK have been revealed by the owners of Sunset Studios in Los Angeles. An investment firm has already purchased a 91-acre site in Hertfordshire for £120 million and, subject to planning permission, the facility will be built in Broxbourne. The area is […]

August 2, 2021

EU quota threat to UK productions

A paper circulated among its member states suggests that in the wake of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the bloc is preparing to act against the “disproportionate” amount of British television and film content shown in Europe. The UK’s dominance of international broadcast sales has been described as a threat to Europe’s “cultural […]

June 22, 2021By Colin Mann

Modern Love s2 debuts August 13 on Prime Video

Amazon has announced that Modern Love Season 2 will launch on August 13th exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Amazon also confirmed the addition of Tobias Menzies (The Crown) and Sophie Okonedo (Ratched) to complete casting for the star-studded second season. They appear in an episode directed by John […]

May 27, 2021

Data: UK video sector grows by 26%

Figures from trade body the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and based on data from the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar, show that the UK home entertainment sector grew by 26 per cent in 2020, bringing the total market value to £3.3 billion. In a year that saw UK consumers staying home […]

January 6, 2021

Virgin Media reveals record-breaking 2020

As a tumultuous 2020 draws to a close, UK multiplay operator Virgin Media has revealed how the year’s events have accelerated broadband usage, shifted TV habits and reconnected loved ones. In 2020, the nation consumed a record-breaking amount of data, tuned into more TV, and spent longer on the phone, based on new analysis of […]

December 17, 2020

Netflix reveals 2020 US viewing trends

As 2020 draws to a close, Netflix has unveiled What We Watched 2020 – compiling the year’s US viewing trends on the service. Documentaries, reality TV, romance and

December 11, 2020

Data: House of Cards interest soars in lockdown 2

Bed Guru, the sleep specialist, has delved deep into Netflix show data for 10 cities in the UK to find out which content was most popular on Netflix during the second lockddown. Bed Guru compared search interest from Google Trends of TV shows during lockdown to the previous month when the UK was out of […]

December 3, 2020

Netflix $1bn on UK production

Netflix is preparing to increase its spending budget on UK productions by more than 50 per cent to $1 billion (€0.84bn) in 2020. The streamer makes hit shows including The Crown, The Witcher and Sex Education in the UK, and has already produced over 50 TV shows and films in the UK this year alone, […]

November 25, 2020

New London HQ for Netflix

Netflix is moving into a new headquarters in London’s West End as it seeks to expand its UK productions. The streamer is taking over the lease on an 87,000 square-foot building on Berners Street from current occupant Capita, according to Bloomberg. Netflix, which has 269 employees in the UK, already rents some 30,000 square feet […]

October 9, 2020

Report: High-end TV series seeing success

The production of high-end series is trending upwards, fuelled on the one hand by the investment in TV fiction of the pure SVoD players, chiefly Netflix, but also by a rebalancing of broadcasters’ investment from TV films to series – a move to better retain audiences. Available figures suggest that only a limited number of […]

September 10, 2020