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ICYMI: 2018 Year in Reviews


World Screen recapped the biggest media stories of 2018 and looked at the defining trends in formats, factual, drama and kids.

A volatile stock market, uncertainty over Brexit and fears of an economic slowdown capped off another year of unprecedented change in a media business being reshaped by the growing dominance of the FAANGs and continued consolidation. Read more from the 2018 Year in Review.

It was another year of peak TV in the scripted space, with the number of originals in the U.S. alone hitting 495 in 2018. The OTTs continued to expand their scripted ambitions, while everyone scrambled to tie up talent in exclusive first-look deals. Read more from the 2018 Year in Drama.

Digital platforms made a lot of noise in the factual arena in 2018 and that trend looks set to continue throughout 2019. Blue-chip natural history and true crime remained among the most in-demand genres, with producers working hard to raise the bar with innovations in filming techniques and narrative styles. Read more from the 2018 Year in Factual.

It was a big year for scripted formats, and in the entertainment space megabrands continued to reign supreme. But some new formats were able to cut through the clutter. Read more from the 2018 Year in Formats.

The kids’ business was marked by plenty of consolidation, changing consumption habits and innovation in content durations and formats. Read more from the 2018 Year in Kids.











About Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on mdaswani@worldscreen.com.

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