European scripted content: rising demand and consolidation | Jul 2017

Sectors: 
Non-UK Media
Media
TV
Companies: 
21st Century Fox
Amazon
BBC
Canal Plus
Channel 4
ITV
NBC Universal
Netflix
Orange
Prosieben
RTL
SFR
Sky
Sky Deutschland
Sky Italia
Telefonica
TF1
Vivendi

The US scripted content boom is spilling over into Europe: Free-to-air TV drama ratings have proven resilient but as costs and audience expectations have risen budgets are under pressure, necessitating flexible co-financing arrangements with American broadcasters, and Netflix and Amazon. Pay channels have boosted output—with uneven results

Long-term IP control is a key factor behind independent production consolidation, led by broadcasters seeking a secure stream of content and diversification away from advertising

Notable developments include the new wave of Berlin-based, internationally-financed series, the rise of domestic French content and Sky Italia’s edgy originals, Telefónica’s giant leap into Spanish dramas, and the continuation of Britain as an export powerhouse

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