IBC Daily IBC2018 - Day 1 - Friday 14 September

Evolve. Adapt. Shift. Experience the shift at IBC 2018. Hall 1.D61 theibcdaily show.ibc.org FRIDAY 14.09.18 Studios fl exes its global muscles Conference By Ann-Marie Corvin BBC Studios is poised to take on the might of the SVoDs while fi rmly focusing on British IP, according to chief executive Tim Davie who addressed delegates during the opening keynote of IBC2018. With its distribution and production arms now merged and 17 production companies to its name, Davie described the broadcaster’s content unit as a “big small” global player. BBCS’s focus on British IP means that it will not be making a bid for Endemol .“We will not be buying Endemol. We are very focused on premium British content and are already suitably scaled in certain areas,” he said. Now the structure is in place Davie: “We are very focused on premium British content” the focus is fi rmly on making hits, which in scripted are costing, according to Davie, around “$5-$10 million per episode”. Getting big projects off the ground, such as His Dark Materials, an HBO co-production, has required smart and creative deal making, a willingness to be quick to market and solid fi nancial backing, Davie said. As part of this the chief exec said that having close ties to fi nanciers was crucial and that BBCS has formed solid partnerships with Anton Corporation and former BBC chief Danny Cohen’s company Access Entertainment. “If you don’t have capital and fi nancial muscle in the areas you want to win then you are in trouble,” he said. The Anton Corporation was also instrumental in helping BBCS fund a new multi-genre short- form content fund, which Davie announced during his keynote. While Davie said the budget for the fund – which is being run by its 48% owned indie Clerkenwell Films – was “signifi cant” he did not reveal the exact amount. Other digital ventures include the ITV and BBC Worldwide US SVoD service BritBox which launched in March and has just passed 400,000 subscribers. Closer to home was the issue of a potential collaboration with ITV and Channel 4 to scale up on an SVoD service to compete with the likes of Netfl ix in the UK. While Davie admitted that some kind of collaboration was necessary, he hinted that BBC and C4’s public service remit might make a joint VoD venture complicated. Alliances are the way forward Conference By David Wood Endemol Shine Group chief creative offi cer Peter Salmon has recommended that the way forward for linear broadcasters is to come up with fresh alliances, working with rivals and new platforms to create big new entertainment brands. “Co-operation with a range of partnerships and the idea of sharing the totality of revenues is the way forward,” he said. Salmon described the current market conditions as ‘liberating’, with more routes to market and diff erent pipelines to fi ll. “What we are seeing is rival broadcasters working together using new sources of investment that never Continued on page 03 Inside IBC Daily Sponsored By hpe.com/solutions/oem-media Booth number 15.MS47 to 15.MS50 Choose your own path BBC R&D to trial prototype toolkit for AI storytelling Page 8 Casting the net 5G-XCast looks set to be a game changer for broadcasters Page 12 IMF matters Extending the IMF format could have a signifi cant impact on the industry Page 20 Working in harmony Will OTT take over broadcasting? Peter MacAvock of the EBU and DVB thinks not Page 42 Salmon: “Co-operation... is the way forward.” Big deals for growth Partnerships are a key part of Netfl ix’s plans, says Maria Ferreras Page 109