Television is bringing back the Ottoman Empire and VideoAge is here to document it with its February issue published in the occasion of the DISCOP Istanbul TV trade show. Even though much of the content focus on Turkey, there are plenty of intriguing, analytical and news stories that will soon be available in print and online, including:

Front cover stories:

  • “Challenges and Rewards for Turkish TV Producers”
    Turkey is now facing a new severe ratings system, increasing production costs, greater interest in Turkish programming abroad and more cross-country partnerships.
  • “Formats, Dramas and a Studio Tour at DISCOP Istanbul”
    Or annual DISCOP Istanbul preview story focuses on a set visit sponsored by ITV Inter Medya, and several branded days at DISCOP, including Innovation Day, Format Day and Licensing Day.
  • “The Vanishing Back Nine of U.S. Television”
    We venture out to the Television Critics Association press tour and hear from the network presidents about programming trends, changes in ratings models (and a general consensus is that overnight ratings are less and less important), series orders (where the term “back nine” is becoming obsolete) and much more

World items:

  • America’s Funniest Home Videos is a simple show that’s managed to shine in primetime for 25 years. And we look into why that is.
  • YouTube shows are making TV reality shows look like PBS documentaries.

Inside the issue:

  • “Happy Hours at the Miami Market; Domestic Component Resurfaced”
    We revisit the just-completed NATPE market where, despite the Tresor Tower being dubbed “terror tower” because of elevator problems, things were generally pretty positive for participants — particularly with the return of the U.S. contingent representing station groups.

My 2 Cents:

The Golden Globes may be big business, but the show business side of it all (the gossip, the red carpet, etc.) has almost entirely eclipsed the movies and TV series that are  honored, our own Dom Serafini opines.

The full issue will be online on videoageinternational.com starting on February 24, the first day of DISCOP Istanbul.