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Backing The BBC

Indies unite to back the BBC

Producers rally round corporation as Broadcast kicks off campaign

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Backing the BBC: what happens next?

Broadcast has kicked off a major campaign that will pull together qualified support for the BBC from all parts of the TV industry.

Mulville & Thoday

Mulville & Thoday back BBC despite anger over BBC3

The two indie bosses behind the high-profile mission to prevent BBC3 from moving online have backed Broadcast’s campaign of qualified support for the BBC.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Chris Bryant: Now is the time to act to protect the BBC’s future

We must guard against attacks on the BBC before charter renewal, says shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport Chris Bryant

Dancing With The Stars

Andrea Wong: The BBC is a great success and should be celebrated

BBC’s creative output is essential for British and international TV, says Andrea Wong

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ITV poaches Tom Giles from BBC

Former Panorama editor Tom Giles has been appointed as ITV’s controller of current affairs.

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Dan Korn to leave Discovery

Dan Korn is to leave Discovery after more than ten years at the broadcaster.

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BBC defends ‘Hunger Games-style’ social experiment

The BBC has defended new BBC2 format Britain’s Hardest Grafter as a “serious social experiment” after it was compared to the Hunger Games.

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StyleHaul: Appeal of YouTube stars will not fade as fans age

Vlogging will become a more mainstream form of video content as young fans grow up with the format, according to StyleHaul director of UK talent Jody Flanagan.

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Broadcasters snap up Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls’ ITV series Mission Survive is to travel to 150 countries after a swathe of broadcasters, including Discovery, acquired the celebrity endurance format.

Porridge writers pen royal sitcom

The creators of Porridge and The Likely Lads have written a single-camera sitcom about a fictional king as part of a trio of Gold commissions.

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Sky to take arts to next level

Sky wants producers from the UK, Italy and Germany to bring it big budget ambitious arts projects for its new production hub in Milan.

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Sky Europe to centralise US acquisitions

Sky is to centralise the acquisition of big-budget US drama and comedy across its three main territories for the first time.

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BBC to bide time until arrival of Studios boss

The BBC will wait to make some major decisions about the future shape and remit of BBC Studios until a director takes up the post at the end of summer.

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UKTV prepares Watch re-brand

UKTV is set to re-brand pay-TV channel Watch to appeal to a more female-skewing audience.

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First Dates scores bumper C4 order

Twenty Twenty has notched up a super-sized order of dating format First Dates for Channel 4.

Jason Manford

Liberty Bell rings up investment format for Dave

Liberty Bell is to produce an entertainment format for Dave in which ordinary people will risk their own money by investing in innovative ideas.

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Building a full-size, anatomically correct model of a T. rex that could be dissected on TV was a labour of love that took months of painstaking work. Olly Grant finds out how it was done

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Digital rights: VoD platforms

The rise of the online platforms has muddied the commissioning waters for indies, but there are opportunities if producers can find the right strategy to work with them, says Kate Bulkley

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Sound: understanding the fundamentals

With inexperienced production crew increasingly being asked to record audio, how do you ensure the sound delivered to the edit is as good as it can be? BBC Academy’s Paul Buller asks the experts

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“I haven’t clapped eyes on anything quite so dire since El Dorado.”

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World of Locations: United States - Virginia

A major attraction for producers coming to Virginia is the multi-tiered incentive system, although the commonwealth’s historic and natural locations are also a draw.

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Multiplatform

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StyleHaul: Appeal of YouTube stars will not fade as fans age

Vlogging will become a more mainstream form of video content as young fans grow up with the format, according to StyleHaul director of UK talent Jody Flanagan.

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International

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Sky to take arts to next level

Sky wants producers from the UK, Italy and Germany to bring it big budget ambitious arts projects for its new production hub in Milan.

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Diversity

Creative Skillset: TV barriers are still up

Barriers to entry in the UK television industry remain high, but there are rich rewards for those that get their foot in the door, according to a study published this week.

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Tech & Facils

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Envy mourns the passing of colleague Dougal Oldfield

Envy managing director Dave Cadle has paid tribute to colleague Dougal Oldfield who died earlier this month.

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Suntrap shines on 1.8m

WEDNESDAY: Suntrap got off to a slow start on BBC1 - unable to outperform the debuts of post-10pm sitcoms Citizen Khan and Mrs Brown’s Boys.  

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Global TV Production Map

Who owns what in the newly consolidated indie sector

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Why US ownership works for Raw TV

Our relationship with Discovery has strengthened since it bought us, but we get no special favours, says Joely Fether 

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Chris Bryant: Now is the time to act to protect the BBC’s future

We must guard against attacks on the BBC before charter renewal, says shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport Chris Bryant

Dancing With The Stars

Andrea Wong: The BBC is a great success and should be celebrated

BBC’s creative output is essential for British and international TV, says Andrea Wong

The Revolution Will be Televised

Jimmy Mulville: Find alternatives to BBC3 cuts

I want to support a properly funded BBC that provides a comprehensive TV service – not just for the middle-aged viewer but also for a young adult audience.

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Broadcast Greenlight

Broadcast Greenlight offers the latest information on commissions and provides a comprehensive guide to indies, channels and commissioners.

Podcast

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Talking TV: BBC future & Netflix Video

Fallout from the general election is top of the agenda on Talking TV this week.

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