This week Talking TV was in the South of France at the Mipcom market in Cannes to find out about the latest internationally telly trends.
The next generation of writers and directors from under-represented backgrounds will have the opportunity to work on a Touchpaper TV drama as part of a new Channel 4 talent scheme.
London-based boutique distributor Limonero Films has picked up UK rights to LaRue Entertainment’s scripted comedy The Amazing Gayl Pile.
Six TV and film production companies, including Warp Films and Scott Free Films, have invited eight regional producers to take part in an intensive six-month work placements.
UKTV’s Dave is beefing up its sports coverage after signing a deal to air a competition featuring the world’s strongest men.
Ahead of Halloween, AMC Networks has rolled out VoD horror service Shudder in the UK and Ireland.
Turner-owned pre-school channel Cartoonito is bringing iconic childrens’ series Sesame Street back to linear TV after a 15-year hiatus.
Radio 2 and 6 Music boss Bob Shennan has been appointed director of BBC Radio following last month’s promotion of James Purnell.
Ahead of December’s VR Creative Summit, Broadcast highlights ten genre-defining pieces of virtual reality content.
All 4 has commissioned Factory Films to produce a scripted comedy series from new transgender writing talent.
Spike is set to be made available to Virgin Media subscribers, alongside a host of Viacom mobile apps, after the businesses agreed a multi-year programming deal.
Discovery Networks International executive producer Adam Jacobs is leaving the company after more than 10 years, while VP programming for Nordics and Benelux Paul Edwards is also exiting.
BBC3 has acquired Matchstick Pictures’ Australian drama series Barracuda from NBCUniversal.
Drama chief Hilary Martin is leaving the BBC and re-joining former colleague Simon Judd to establish a Manchester base for Euston Films.
ITV Studios’ portfolio of in-house labels and acquired indies will all be expected to play their part in the company’s efficiency drive – as its bid to find £25m of savings begins to bite.
BBC Studios’ bases in London and Bristol will bear the brunt of a large-scale redundancy drive as director Mark Linsey’s plan to slash its headcount by around 15% gets under way.
A major formats dispute between Banijay and Fremantle Media-backed Israeli indie Abot Hameiri was the talk of Mipcom, with the row shining a light on an “increasing” issue around international format theft.
Producers have raised questions about the value of securing a BBC format after A Question Of Sport and Holby City became the first shows to be put out to tender since the in-house guarantee was scrapped.
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed that she is eager to create a show for the UK and is eyeing the possibility of tapping intoDisney’s increasingly international production presence.
Leading drama producers have agreed with director of television Kevin Lygo’s assessment that ITV Encore remains a ‘work in progress’ and requires strategic refinement.
The creative forces behind hit shows including BBC drama The A Word and ITV’s Marcella will explore the secrets of their success at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum on 3 November.
AOL UK has ordered the first batch of original series from its in-house division, as the fledgling production arm shifts gear.
Producers have been offered the opportunity to land a three-year contract to produce Holby City – the second BBC show to be put out to tender after the broadcaster scrapped in-house guarantees.
Conservative MP Damian Collins has been elected chair of the culture, media and sport select committee.
Tony Blackburn is to return to the BBC, eight months after he claimed to have been sacked by the corporation.
ITV is returning to the ring with a one-off pro-wrestling special after a 20-year hiatus.
Horrible Histories and online educational platform TrueTube lead the way in the Bafta Children’s Awards nominations after picking up three nods each.
Investigation Discovery has revealed three real crime commissions - its first slate of UK originals.
Voltage TV has landed a 12-part primetime food competition celebrating home cooking to air on BBC2 next summer.
ITV director of television Kevin Lygo has called on programme makers to come up with more “happy, life affirming” dramas like The Durrells, saying he was “tired of endless murders”.
Nightly show Vice News Tonight is to launch on Vice in the UK as the fledgling broadcaster staffs up its newsroom with eight hires.
Jeremy Paxman will journey along four of the UK’s greatest rivers in an upcoming Channel 4 series.
Thunderbirds go to China as Pinewood forges a development funding deal with Avanti.
Regional producers could be best placed to scoop the £4m contract to produce A Question of Sport after the BBC released its first tender document since scrapping its in-house guarantee.
Caitlin and Caroline Moran have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £320,000 to put a third series of their comedy Raised By Wolves into production.
Netflix’s global membership has increased by 3.6m in the third quarter, sending shares up by 20% from £16 to £97.
Channel 4 has picked up the first-run UK rights to time travel drama Timeless which it will air on youth-skewing channel E4.
Channel 4 is to follow four child refugees escaping war-torn Middle East to safety in Europe in a documentary from the producer of Man on Wire.
Luke W Moody, currently head of film at Britdoc, has been confirmed as the new director of film programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
BBC2 is developing an adaptation of Ian McGuire’s Man Booker-longlisted whaling novel The North Water with See-Saw Films.
Arrow Media and Canadian indie Handel Productions will mark the 75th anniversary of the World War Two attack on Pearl Harbour by examining who was to blame for the disaster.
Factual label Shiver has put all staff below executive producer level at risk of redundancy, as part of a wider efficiency drive by its parent, ITV Studios.
German broadcaster ZDF has commissioned antiques format For What It’s Worth from BBC Worldwide and All3Media joint venture Tower Productions.
Banijay and Fremantle Media-owned indie Abot Hameiri have become embroiled in a format dispute over general entertainment show All Against 1.
Factual indie Wag TV has launched a financing and distribution arm – Wag Worldwide.
Couples facing some of life’s toughest challenges will tie the knot in an ITV documentary series.
Mammoth Screen’s period drama Victoria now been sold to over 150 countries following a raft of deals at Mipcom.
The BBC has unveiled new commissioning guidelines that make it compulsory for indies to consider diversity and inclusion as part of the development process.
ITV has greenlit another series of Big Talk’s comedy drama Cold Feet following a highly rated return.
ITN Productions has been commissioned to produce the 2016 Power Triumph Games by US Veterans organisation OurVetSuccess.
Viacom’s 5 Star has ordered a second series of 100% Hotter, the debut show from Simon Andreae’s Fremantle-backed Naked Entertainment.
Scottish writer Irvine Welsh is to return to TV for the first time in almost a decade with Buccaneer Media’s adaptation of his thriller Crime.
Films of Record managing director Neil Grant is to leave the Bafta-winning indie to become creative director of Welsh production company Avanti Media.
A Netflix documentary about the global ivory trade scooped the top prize at last night’s Panda Awards, while presenter Chris Packham was given the Outstanding Achievement award.
360 Production has been commissioned to tell the secret history of the Battle of the Somme in a one-off Channel 4 documentary.
Northern Irish broadcaster UTV is to be rebranded to become more consistent with its parent broadcaster ITV.
Sky Vision has picked up international rights to Icon Films’ natural history series Savage Kingdom.
Conservative MPs Damian Collins and Helen Grant will go head-to-head to become chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
Ricky Gervais will executive produce and star in an ABC studio game show featuring adult contestants competing for cash prizes with the help of a child panel.
Rich Kids of Instagram indie Popkorn TV has continued its “fight against the super-indies” by bolstering its branded entertainment team.
The follow-up to Deutschland 83 is to be made available on Channel 4 and Walter Presents after Amazon Germany ordered a second series of the spy thriller.
Sony-backed indie Blueprint Television is to turn Graham Norton’s debut novel into a high-end international drama series after optioning the book - as Dancing Ledge Productions prepares to adapt several Alistair Maclean thrillers.
The nation’s attitudes towards people with visible facial conditions will be put under the spotlight in a Channel 4 pilot.
Channel 4 has ordered its biggest run of comedy mash-up 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
TV agent Pippa Lambert is to relocate from London to Los Angeles after joining WME.
Virginia McKenna will revisit Africa for a Channel 4 documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the lion cub film Born Free.
New rules forcing the BBC to disclose talent salaries in excess of £150,000 will not apply to staff employed by BBC Studios, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Sky has reported slowing subscriber growth and a fall in advertising revenues, although total turnover has grown over the last three months.
Wall to Wall is going back in time again to discover the history of confectionary for a three-part BBC2 series.
Canadian media company Blue Ant Media is opening a UK production hub with former Nerd TV co-founder and managing director Jago Lee joining as creative director.
BBC Studios is to make around 300 staff redundant across all of its major genres, with factual bearing the brunt.
Sky Italia is developing high-end dramas based on the country’s football corruption scandal, the impact of the Arab Spring and Europe’s financial crisis, to follow The Young Pope.
Showtime senior vice-president of programming Robin Gurney will talk transatlantic trends with Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum on 3 November.
A raft of new Japanese physical gameshows and entertainment formats in the vein of Ninja Warrior and Dragons’ Den could be heading to the UK after producers and distributors renewed their focus on the market.
ITV head of drama Polly Hill has ordered her first major original commissions since joining the broadcaster, unveiling a slate that she believes will deliver “drama with real authorship”.
Relations between Channel 5 and qualifying indies have soured in recent months, prompting complaints to Pact about the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s stance on terms of trade.
UK factual producers are working through the implications of a Discovery Networks International restructure in which the media giant will merge its International Content Group with its UK/ Ireland business and prioritise local investment.
Transformation series This Time Next Year has become Twofour’s most successful international format to date, despite not yet having aired in the UK.
Studio Lambert is to explore teenage viewing habits in a spinoff of Gogglebox and is on the brink of a second major international deal for Common Sense, a similar format that shows real people giving their opinions on news and current events.
Former Discovery commissioner Dan Korn is to join A+E Networks as vice president of programming.
Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton has revealed that failing to strike an Olympics deal with the BBC would have been a PR blunder for the new rights holder.
The BBC has unveiled six major natural history commissions across BBC1 and BBC including a follow up of Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.
The Durrells indie Sid Gentle Films has picked up the rights to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s bestselling series of books The Cazalet Chronicles.
ITV2 has ordered four BAME-friendly comedy and entertainment specials, commissioned by recently appointed digital channels boss Rosemary Newell and entertainment commissioning editor Asif Zubairy.
Channel 4 has doubled down on daytime reality-quiz The Question Jury, bringing back the Monkey-produced show for a second 20 x 60-minute run.
Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips are to leave ITV Studios to establish Label 1 in the indie sector.
Studio Lambert has scored a major US network commission with NBC adapting its forthcoming BBC2 topical comedy series Common Sense.
Senior executives from Amazon Video and Viceland are joining the likes of Channel 4 and NBC Universal at PromaxBDA’s 2016 conference.
US public broadcaster PBS has boarded ITV’s Prime Suspect prequel Tennison.
Mentorn Media is to hunt down un-related doppelgängers for a one-off documentary for Channel 4.
ITV head of entertainment Siobhan Greene has ordered her first commission – a one-off primetime dance entertainment format starring Ashley Banjo.
Sky Atlantic has expanded its slate of foreign language drama after acquiring Belgian crime thriller Public Enemy.
Marjorie Kaplan is exiting Discovery Communications after almost 20 years at the company, and less than one year into her post as president of content at Discovery Networks International (DNI).
Roughcut TV has landed a six-part hospital comedy for BBC1, marking the People Just Do Nothing indie’s first commission for the corporation’s flagship channel.
Menacing robots charged with crushing, sawing and scorching their opponents will return to BBC2 after Mentorn Scotland’s Robot Wars was renewed for another series.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has been appointed shadow culture secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle.
Cineflix Rights has sold more than 200 hours of lifestyle and crime programming to UKTV, Sky and CBS Reality.
Channel 4 has tasked Outline Productions with identifying the best places to live and work in the UK in a one-off doc that will air next spring.
Foreign-language drama service Walter Presents is planning to move into factual programming nine months after its launch.
Group M Entertainment (GME) grew its revenue by more than £5m in 2015, although profits at the WPP-owned firm dipped slightly.
Sky Living has picked up investigative procedural Conviction from Entertainment One ahead of Mipcom.
BBC4 has bought A+E Studios’ high profile remake of Roots, the classic 1977 American slavery drama.
Plimsoll Productions has promoted Andrew Jackson and will co-produce a major wildlife series for Nat Geo as part of its international expansion plans.
Creative Skillset has made additional London places available on a new Production Co-ordinator course due to overwhelming demand.
National Treasure creator Jack Thorne discusses the Operation Yewtree-style drama in this week’s Talking TV.
Marcella indie Buccaneer Media have acquired the rights to adapt two Rose Tremain novels for TV.
ITV Studios UK has scored its first original commission for Netflix with the animated kids series Robozuna.
London-based distributor TVF International has inked global sales for US political series America By The Numbers ahead of the presidential election.