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UK indies win big at Discovery Upfronts

Raw, Arrow, WMR lead charge

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ITV launches legal challenge to strike ballot

ITV’s pay dispute with the unions is becoming increasingly bitter after the broadcaster legally challenged a strike ballot that could have disrupted its election day coverage.

BBC

BBC’s creative industries impact revealed

BBC research has found that £450m (37%) of the corporation’s external investment in UK creative industries in 2013/14 went to companies with less than 49 employees.

The Two Ronnies

North One wins Gold commission

Gold is to profile Oliver Reed, Spike Milligan and The Two Ronnies as part of a six-part comedy commission.

BBCW strikes new Bake Off deal in Oz

The Great British Bake Off has switched broadcasters in Australia after pay-TV network Lifestyle Food took over the format rights from terrestrial channel Nine Network.

Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks

TVF strikes 4K doc deals

Japanese broadcaster NTT Plala has acquired a raft of 4K documentaries from UK distributor TVF International.

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DCMS kicks off retrans fees consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has kicked off a consultation exploring the deregulation of the TV market – a move which could result in the PSB channels benefiting from retransmission fees but losing their EPG prominence.

Dan Chambers

Blink lands Korean doc deal

Blink Films has struck a landmark partnership with Korean broadcaster EBS after working closely with Argonon-backed business enabler The Bridge.

Sky News

Sky News unveils election plans

Sky News is to feature live election coverage from 270 declarations after partnering with wireless camera kit provider Live U.

Hollow Crown

Chart: All3Media indie turnover Video

Following All3Media’s acquisition of Neal Street Productions, click to see where it ranks in the group based on each indie’s 2014 turnover.

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All3Media acquires Neal Street

All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.

Top Gear

Top Gear showrunner: ‘we left 'em wanting more’

Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has thanked staff for their work on the show, arguing “at least we left ‘em wanting more” after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for physically assaulting producer Oisin Tymon.

Laura Mansfield

Laura Mansfield appointed Pact Council vice chair

Outline Productions managing director Laura Mansfield has been appointed vice chair of Pact Council.

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Indie Survey 2015

Call The Midwife

Tough times at the top Video

Combined turnover is up again in this year’s survey, with true indies recording healthy rises. However growth is slowing, especially among the bigger players

A Place In The Sun

Rising stars of British TV Video

For small indies, a breakout commission or format can transform their business. Meet the fastest-growing producers in the Indie Survey with turnovers below £10m.

Benefits Street

Love Productions conquers all-comers Video

The breadth of its output and ability to get noticed helped Love Productions reach the top of the Peer Poll, with Bake Off and Benefits Street two of the most talked-about shows of 2014

Last Tango In Halifax

Consolidators tighten their grip Video

Despite double-digit declines in revenues for groups such as All3Media and Shine, ahead of its merger with top-ranked Endemol, UK turnover was up overall.

Supervet

'True' indies: the top 30 Video

A rundown of the top 30 producers not majority owned by a larger group.

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World's Most Talented, Watch

World's Most Talented, Watch

UKTV wanted our show to be ‘big and global’ - so we recruited an international panel of vloggers to act as our jury, says Suzanne Readwin

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Media asset management

As the costs come down, production companies are increasingly investing in archive and MAM systems of their own. Adrian Pennington asks the experts about the options

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Who'd Be A Billionaire?, Sky Living

The super-rich aren’t very forthcoming about their lives, but their staff provided a fascinating insight into their world, says Remy Blumenfeld

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TV Critics: Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing; Back in Time for Dinner; Nurse

“We got an evocative look at ex-pat life long after the end of happy hour.”

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England vs Italy

England friendly peaks with 7.1m

TUESDAY: England’s 1-1 draw with Italy peaked with 7.1m outscoring the crowd that tuned in for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on Friday.

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Global TV Production Map

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Global TV Production Map

Who owns what in the newly consolidated indie sector

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Obituary: Tony Page

Tony Page, a former planning excutive for ATV and Central Television, has died after a short illness.

Battle For Number 10

The Twitter verdict: Battle For Number 10 Video

“Put some food in front of them and a French waiter in the background and you’ve got an episode of first dates #BattleForNumber10”

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Viewers just want to have fun

TV has a spring in its step when it takes itself a little less seriously, writes Steven D Wright

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When brands pack a punch

Clarkson case highlights power of the top shows, says Kate Bulkley

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Broadcast Greenlight

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

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Podcast

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Talking TV: C5 & Clarkson Video

This week’s edition of Talking TV sizes up Viacom’s ambitious plans for Channel 5 and picks over the Jeremy Clarkson ‘fracas’ scandal.

Wild Things

Talking TV: BBC Trust future & Sky's Wild Things Video

Talking TV walks you through a busy fortnight of news, providing an analysis of Rona Fairhead’s speech on the future of the BBC Trust and unpicking ITV’s Talpa takeover bid.

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Editor's choice

Broadcast app

Broadcast launches mobile app

Broadcast has launched a mobile app, available exclusively to subscribers, offering easy access to the site and extending the access to daily overnight ratings data.

International

UK indies win big at Discovery Upfronts

Raw Television, Arrow Media and World Media Rights have all scored major US commissions from Discovery as part of its annual line-up of programming.

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Multiplatform

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Endemol Beyond opens online style channel

Endemol Shine Group has partnered with YouTube star Michelle Phan to launch an online channel featuring an array of lifestyle content.

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The Twitter verdict

Battle For Number 10

The Twitter verdict: Battle For Number 10 Video

“Put some food in front of them and a French waiter in the background and you’ve got an episode of first dates #BattleForNumber10”

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Tech & Facils

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Video Europe agrees deal for kit hire company Cruet

Video Europe has agreed a deal to acquire broadcast kit hire and crewing firm Cruet.

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