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11 - 15 September 2020
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  • Great experience, great content and great networking!
    Imad El Kadi
    Director of Operations, Paris Television Centre
  • One great place to have all those conversations, to see what's next and to show what's working.
    Yoav Schreiber
    Product Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems
  • An excellent opportunity to network with peers and hear the challenges in our industry!
    Gunnar Gudmundsson
    CTO, RUV Iceland
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IBC365

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

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    Post production: Working remotely with cloud technology

    How the coronavirus could change the way we make TV
    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, media organisations are having to quickly shift to remote production as a means of business continuity.

    What pre-existed as a flexible option is now being adopted industry-wide as isolation lockdowns are enforced across the globe.

    Transforming creative workflows: Making great content in the cloud
    Cloud technology is key for virtualising content workflows and allows organisations to work and collaborate faster.

    Watch this IBC365 webinar to hear how post-production companies embrace working in the cloud to produce and deliver video.

    Shifting post-production to the cloud
    Remote production in the cloud not only increases work flexibility but also saves costs through the business supply chain, allowing budgets to stretch further.

    Remote editing software has been available using cloud services. IT has picked up adoption in the past few years and could see the entire industry now embracing the cloud revolution.

    The cloud gets crowded
    Cloud adoption for remote workflows was certainly a big topic at NAB 2019, at which production companies revealed a number of new launches.

    Media is shifting to ‘intelligent visual experiences’ that go way beyond content streaming to the TV – bringing a number of new benefits and challenges for the sector.

  • UK broadcaster ITV has announced its plans to cut its programming budget by at least £100 million as it aims to manage the impact of coronavirus on suspended productions.

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    Saturday Night Takeaway: Relaunched ITV’s Mental Health Campaign

    Source: ITV

    UK broadcaster ITV has announced its plans to cut its programming budget by at least £100 million as it aims to manage the impact of coronavirus on suspended productions.

    ITV has outlined the steps it is taking to protect its business from the effect of coronavirus with the impact manifesting on its two key sources of revenues - both the production and advertising arms. 

    ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall told investors in an update today that the company is operating in “unprecedented and uncertain times” which have required it to make quick and difficult decisions about the future.  

    McCall explained it has made the cuts after it “reviewed our programming spend in light of the weaker advertising environment,” and confirmed that at least £100 million is being cut from programming.  

    She added: “This reflects savings from sport including the postponement of Euro 2020, the late delivery of commissioned programming and active decisions to reduce our spend. We have also taken steps to reduce discretionary spending by £20 million in 2020.” 

    In separate statements, the broadcaster has confirmed that its long-running TV series including Emmerdale and Coronation Street will be suspended immediately. However they will continue to air for the coming weeks with its previously filmed content.   

    ITV added: “We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer. 

    “However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.” 

    As well, its daytime TV programmes Lorraine and Loose Woman have stop broadcasting live from today. 

    ITV said: “This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time. 

    “We’re focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now.

    “That’s why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible.” 

    As of today, ITV will be running an extended version of Good Morning Britain from 6:00 until 10:00am. At 9:00 Lorraine Kelly – who hosts Lorraine - will join Piers Morgan in the GMB studio for the last hour and then hand straight over to the This Morning studio with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby as usual running from 10:00 until 12:30. It will then run some of its favourite repeat episodes of Loose Women from 12.30 to 1.30. 

    The broadcaster added: “Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved with our programmes is our priority and in this dynamically developing situation we will obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE and WHO guidelines.” 

    According to Deadline, ITV’s share price dropped nearly 10% this morning to 56.98p and is heading towards some of its lowest levels in a decade.  

    Silver lining 
    ITV added: “We expect to benefit from an additional offset due to increased demand for library sales. As a leading global distributor, we are well placed to deliver this, with a high quality library and strong relationships with broadcasters and platform owners.  

    “Demand for quality content remains strong and therefore we continue to work on our development slate and we are ready to resume production as soon as we are able.  

    “As one of the largest international producers of unscripted content which has a shorter lead time, we will be able to ramp up production quickly.” 

    During ITV’s Saturday night programming of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway it had its biggest audience ever with an average viewership of 9.5 million households tuning in, and accounts for almost half of all TV viewers – 45%.  

    ITV said: “This is the biggest overnight audience on any channel so far in 2020.” 

    During the programme, Ant and Dec relaunched ITV’s Mental Health Campaign in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  

    The pair acknowledge that more of the public will be apart from family and friends and isolated than any other time, recognising the difficult nature of the UK lockdown.  

    The episode, which was broadcast without a studio audience, saw the duo addressing the importance of socialising and talking to others and urged viewers to “share a message with the nation,” using the hashtag #BritainGetTalking.  

    ITV’s director of social purpose for Clare Phillips said: “Physical isolation doesn’t have to mean social isolation. 

    “Britain has never needed to connect more, and through Britain Get Talking we want to use ITV to help people feel good, talk more and establish a feeling of unity through these challenging and unprecedented times. 

    “Hearing someone’s voice is a proven means of decreasing anxiety and stress so we want to encourage more talking and more connecting.” 

     

  • Satellite firm OneWeb launched 34 new satellites over the weekend while reports point to the firm potentially filing for bankruptcy protection.

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    OneWeb launched 34 new satellites, but is facing a cash crisis

    Satellite firm OneWeb launched 34 new satellites over the weekend while reports point to the firm potentially filing for bankruptcy protection.

    A Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying 34 more spacecraft into orbit to continue the build-up of the firm’s broadband internet constellation.

    The launch means the company, which is backed by Japanese giant SoftBank, now has 74 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites in operation.

    On the launch OneWeb chief executive Adrian Steckel said: “We are very proud of the progress we have made so far in 2020 and I would like to show the utmost gratitude for the time, effort, and expertise of the OneWeb company, our partners and our people as we come together and support one another.

    “In these unprecedented times following the global outbreak of Covid-19, people around the world find themselves trying to continue their lives and work online.

    “We see the need for OneWeb, greater now more than ever before. High-quality connectivity is the lifeline to enabling people to work, continue their education, stay up to date on important healthcare information and stay meaningfully connected to one another.

    “The crisis has demonstrated the imperative need for connectivity everywhere and has exposed urgent shortcomings in many organisations’ connectivity capabilities. Our satellite network is poised to fill in many of these critical gaps in the global communications infrastructure.”

    However, a report from Bloomberg claims the company is examining different options to stave off cashflow problems, including filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Despite receiving backing from Japanese telco SoftBank to the tune of around $3 billion, it has faced increased competition from SpaceX and Amazon.

    Further reports claim the company is planning to lay off around 10% of its workforce. OneWeb has acknowledged that it needs to “dynamically adjust our workforce” but has refused to comment on the bankruptcy reports.

    The company also acknowledged that the global health economic crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus will impact its launch schedule.

    OneWeb’s aim is to create a mega-constellation of satellites with 648 LEOs in operation by the end of 2021.

    According to a report from Techcrunch, a spokesperson for the satellite company said the company has “made the difficult decision to eliminate some roles and responsibilities as we work to focus on core operations. We are sorry to have had to take this step and we’re doing everything we can to support those affected.”

  • UK telco Virgin Media has secured a first of its kind deal with NBCUniversal to offer its customers access to the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.

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    Virgin Media: Customers gain access to latest releases

    Source: universalpictures.co.uk

    UK telco Virgin Media has secured a first of its kind deal with NBCUniversal to offer its customers access to the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.

    Given the rapidly evolving and unique global circumstances that have made it difficult to view films in theatres, NBCUniversal (NBCU) has partnered with Virgin Media in an agreement that would allow its customers to rent some of NBCUniversal’s new movies as soon as they are available in cinemas.

    The deal is available to all Virgin Media customers with NBCU titles available on Virgin Movies for £15.99 and rentals available for two days.

    Virgin Media chief digital entertainment officer David Bouchier said: “In these challenging times, its great news for our customers that they won’t be missing out on the latest cinema releases.

    “At a click of a button, friends and families can sit back, relax and enjoy the latest blockbusters from the comfort of their sofa.”

    Virgin also announced that from today over 2.7 million customers paying for monthly subscriptions will be given unlimited minutes to landlines and other mobile number as well as 10GB of data boosting from their original package, at no extra cost, for one month.

    Its customers will be able to watch DreamWorks Animation’s newest film Trolls World Tour, the sequel to the blockbuster hit Trolls, on Monday 6 April which is the same day as its UK cinema release.

    The two companies confirmed the partnership last week with NBCU also announcing a widening distribution of its national news programming during the Covid-19 crisis.

    In a statement, NBCU said it is “committed to providing a public service during the coronavirus pandemic, generating awareness and ensuring all US households receive the latest news and information on the evolving global situation.”

    Additionally, NBC News Now, a 24/7 online streaming service from NBC News, will feature programming drawing upon all the news resources of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, free to viewers.

    NBC and Telemundo owned stations in the US are also streaming their local newscasts as well as coronavirus-related press conferences, to help local audiences stay informed about developments in their communities.

    The owned stations’ newscasts are free and unauthenticated on desktop and mobile web and apps.


 

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