We speak to Jesse Whittock, Editor at TBI and TBIVision.com to get the scoop on life behind-the-scenes at the publication.
What are you writing about at the moment?
We deliver a daily TBIVision.com newsletter, so that keeps us busy, but we’re also currently getting a digital special together on what we’ve dubbed the ‘UK Screenings’. This is when smart distributors put on events for buyers in Britain for the BBC Worldwide Showcase in February.
Besides that, we’re currently researching the history of TBI and the international TV business for our year-round coverage of TBI’s 30th anniversary (happy birthday to us). It’s been fascinating speaking with previous editors and publishers, and hearing about a time when magazines existed purely on print advertising, crazy thought.
What are the headlines everyone’s talking about at the moment?
This year is going to be all about massive M&A – whether AT&T can close the Time Warner deal despite Trump’s objections and the implications of Disney buying Fox. All of our best connected sources are also predicting further massive deals: everything else will fall by the wayside if Apple buys Netflix.
The TV biz is also a very gossipy one, which is why there will be plenty more people news covered on TBIVision.com as new companies emerge and execs switch teams.
What is your biggest frustration as a journalist?
Where to start? I’d love to be out of the office chasing stories and exploring new opportunities more than I am, but the ship doesn’t steer itself.
From a PR perspective, I really, really wish more time was spent identifying if a story is right for TBI. The worst thing a PR can do is send me a passive aggressive ‘have you considered the release/pitch I sent you two days ago’ email when the original mail was completely wrong in the first place.
It’s the only thing that makes me lose my rag a bit, and the best PRs never make that mistake, because they know intrinsically what we want to cover.
What are you watching at the moment?
It’s a long list: season three of Narcos, which is fantastic; I’m Dying Up Here, which I love but for some reason haven’t finished; McMafia – haven’t made up my mind on it yet; re-runs of Scrubs, a great comedy that reminds me of the 2000’s; Netflix comedy Love; Archer season six; a planned binge of Blue Planet II as I missed it first time around; and Peaky Blinders, which is ridiculous and silly and I love that.
I’m also a big podcasts dude – I recommend Mark Maron’s WTF, Romesh Ranganathan’s Hip Hop Saved My Life, Hollywood and Crime: Young Charlie, This American Life, 30 for 30, No Such Thing As a Fish and The Football Ramble.