The latest edition of Talking TV rounds up the headlines from Mipcom and hears from Karl Warner, the executive producer of BBC4’s OAP structured reality show Close To The Edge.
The BBC’s proposal to create a unitary board – with director general Tony Hall as chief executive – to oversee governance has been blasted by the pay-TV sector.
BBC3 has ordered another two 6x30-minute series of Roughcut Television’s pirate radio mockumentary People Just Do Nothing.
Alan Titchmarsh has signed up to present his first-ever gameshow – a competitive antiques format for ITV Daytime.
Ben Fogle is swapping the wilds of Asia and Alaska for adventures in Exmoor and the Welsh countryside in a revamped version of Channel 5’s New Lives In The Wild.
EastEnders has become the first UK soap to cast a transgender actor in a continuing role with the hire of 21-year-old Riley Carter Millington.
BBC2 is bringing back Zeppotron’s Let’s Play Darts, while Vimeo has unveiled its first slate of originals and the music industry has united to back the BBC.
Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF boss Grant Mansfield, has won its first US commission, a six-part series for Nat Geo Wild.
Bold entertainment formats made a splash at Mipcom this week, despite drama being expected to dominate.
The BBC will fight any government effort to privatise its commercial arm, or top-slice the licence fee, arguing that such decisions would be tantamount to reopening its July funding deal.
Sacha Baron Cohen and former Objective boss Andrew Newman have launched a comedy and entertainment indie backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund.
UKTV joint owner Scripps Interactive Networks has earmarked an initial $1m to create original web commissions for TVN, the Polish broadcaster it bought earlier this year.
Charlotte Moore has reasserted her desire for distinctive programming for BBC1, declaring: “If it feels like it’s more of the same, then I’m not interested.”
Ten Alps indie Films of Record has sold its hard-hitting More 4 documentary about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris to French broadcaster France 5.
John Whittingdale has asked Ofcom to consider whether production sector regulation could be introduced that would promote investment in genres such as children’s and current affairs.
The BBC will call for an 11 year charter when it publishes its response to the government’s charter review green paper later today.
BBC4’s Storyville editor Nick Fraser has helped establish a forum for ideas on the future of the BBC from figures as diverse as Brian Eno, Jeanette Winterson and Peter Hitchins.
The BBC Trust has found that there is an “extraordinary degree of popular support” for an independent and universal BBC - but has warned that the corporation must sharpen up its approach to distinctiveness.
BBC3 has teamed up with BBC Sport to stream coverage of gaming tournament League of Legends live from Wembley from 15 October.
Factual channel PBS America is to move from pay-TV to free-toair after striking a deal with Freesat.
“Bake Off is not just inclusive and reflective of our nation, it’s also just kind of nice. Maybe nice is the new nasty…”
Freeview is aiming its connected-TV proposition at the 11 million homes that fall between those firmly committed to either pay- or free-to-air TV.
Devices such as Xboxes and connected TVs are next on the agenda for Barb as it attempts to ramp up the data collection for its TV Player Report.
Channel 4 will give a young offenders’ institute the fixed-rig treatment in a hard-hitting documentary series earmarked for 2016.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold over 100 hours of scripted content to South Africa as exports to the continent continue to grow.
Sky Sports is to bolster its coverage of the British Masters golf tournament by making use of a live player microphone for the first time.
Second-screen specialist Monterosa has secured £1.2m of funding and appointed The Mill chief executive Robin Shenfield as chairman.
Ofcom’s review of the terms of trade will be delivered before Christmas, with one major production company boss declaring there are “nine weeks to save the indie sector”.
Channel 5 children’s strand Milkshake has ordered an animated comedy series from Waybuloo creator Absolutely Cuckoo.
A&E Network has picked up ITV’s crime drama The Frankenstein Chronicles to air in the US.
ITV has confirmed that Robert Peston has made the switch from the BBC to become its political editor and host of his own Sunday morning political talkshow.
The Metropolitan police has criticised the BBC for last night’s Panorama special about child abuse, claiming it risked prejudicing ongoing investigations.
BBC1 will air the inside story of the collapse of Kids Company next year after director Lynn Alleway was filming the charity as it became engulfed in scandal.
Keo Films is developing an ambitious format for Channel 4 in which a group of people will attempt to create a Garden of Eden-style social paradise.
BBC in-house comedy has begun filming a second episode of Harry Hill’s Professor Branestawm to air this Christmas.
BBC Worldwide is preparing to launch the revamped Top Gear to the international market at Mipcom tonight, as rumours about Chris Evans’ ambition to add live elements to the show gather pace.
Buccaneer Media, the indie set up by The Only Way Is Essex creator Tony Wood, has hired Big Brother creative director Denis O’Connor.
Raw TV’s The Secret Life of Students and Come Date with Me are set to be re-made for the South Korean market following a deal between ITV’s distribution arm and local broadcaster CJ E&M.
ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has revealed plans for a major US scripted push as he continues to expand the broadcaster’s production empire.
The Sun has claimed that staff at the BBC and Love Productions have bet up to £10,000 on the winner of The Great British Bake Off.
Twofour’s Davina McCall-fronted format This Time Next Year is to be remade in Australia, while Audio Network has struck a global deal with Dori Media Group.
ITV is piloting a playalong gameshow from NBC Universal International Studios based on popular app QuizUp.
Phil Craig has left Discovery Networks International after eight months to return to the production sector.
Pact has launched a “one-stop shop” app to make co-production arrangements easier for indies to negotiate, following a surge of international deals.
Sky Living has picked up two US dramas – Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch and Limitless, the TV series based on the film starring Bradley Cooper.
The Voice of the Listener and Viewer has called for the creation of a new organisation to set the level of the licence fee after the way in which July’s settlement was conducted “outraged” its members.
Channel 4 has commissioned a feature documentary about two of the world’s first transsexuals. while Cartoon Network has expanded its multiplatform presence.
John Whittingdale has made the strongest suggestion yet that the BBC will be stripped of its complaint handling processes.
ITV has swooped to hire BBC journalist Robert Peston as political editor and the host of a new political talk show.
Mipcom has ramped up its number of premiere screenings, which key visitors are attributing to a desire to ward off competition from film festivals moving into TV.
US cable network SundanceTV has picked up Sky Atlantic’s big-budget heist drama The Last Panthers.
Walter Presents (WP), the Channel 4-backed foreign language drama service, has acquired a raft of titles including Luc Besson’s No Limit and Swiss drama Ten.
Broadcast, Pact and UKTI braved the elements to celebrate the opening of Mipcom 2015.
Troy producer Zig Zag has struck a production partnership with South African indie Urban Brew Studios.
Mipcom 2015 is going ahead as planned despite flash flooding causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage in Cannes.
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Tiger Aspect executives Will Gould and Frith Tiplady have been promoted to joint managing directors of the producer’s drama division.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is planning a focus on factual projects to grow his production company.
YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have established their own production company as they aim to produce further linear TV formats.
Alex Polizzi is sticking with Channel 5 after the Viacom-owned broadcaster ordered a further two series from its Hotel Inspector.
A Doctor Who spin-off is set to be one of BBC3’s first online-only commissions, if the closure of the linear channel is approved.
BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has revealed that orchestras and live performances will be protected from cuts, on the day that plans to expand 5 Live’s digital sister station were rejected.
Fremantle Media has returned to France for its latest drama acquisition, while podcast Serial is set for a TV remake. Click for more.
Twofour’s David Clews, BBC iPlayer head of content Victoria Jaye and children’s producer Collin Williams are among the figures recognised by The Hospital Club for innovation and inspiration in broadcasting.
Fox has handed Jeff Ford a promotion, while Remy Blumenfeld has hired an ITV Studios exec at Thinking Violets. Read on for more.
The BBC natural history department has joined forces with US broadcaster PBS on four projects following the success of Big Blue Live.
Vice is to launch a number of online channels and push further into linear television over the next 12 months.
The BBC is drawing up plans to pay small and niche genre indies earlier in the production process to realise their creative potential.
In a week when Channel 4’s publicly owned status was thrust into the spotlight, chief executive David Abraham used the broadcaster’s quarterly meeting as an opportunity to reassure staff.
Key figures from Channel 4’s history have warned that privatising the PSB would be a “disaster” for the UK television industry.
Netflix political drama House Of Cards was one of the first major online originations to disrupt the linear television ecology.
ITV and Channel 4 are open to discussing the BBC’s vision to create a best-of-British video-on-demand service, designed to compete with global players including Netflix and Amazon.
Sub-Saharan Africa and South America have usurped China as the fastest-growing markets for UK television exports, a report has found.
French producer Pernel Media is recruiting a London-based development chief after becoming the first French indie to launch a British operation.
Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is being developed in the US by Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm.
Channel 4’s forthcoming foreign-language service Walter Presents will launch with around 140 hours of programming and intends to grow its catalogue to 1,000 hours within three years.
E4 is freshening up its scripted comedy slate by taking Roisin Conaty’s Game Face to series and commissioning a sitcom from the writers of BBC3’s Cuckoo.
Walter Presents will carry several Nordic dramas after striking a deal with Fremantle Media International (FMI).
Commissions from ITV and Channel 4 about male vanity, abseiling and The Beatles have emerged as the BBC has forged a partenrship with Jazz FM. Click for more.
Princess Productions is eyeing vlogging talent to bolster its factual entertainment slate, following its deal to produce a 12-hour Stand Up To Cancer event for YouTube.
Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films has been commissioned to produce a consumer current affairs series for Channel 4 following a successful pilot.
The key drama commissioners for ITV, Channel 4 and Sky will share the stage for the first time at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum next month.
Lord Burns’ vision to save Channel 4 from privatisation is based on the indie sector taking ownership of the broadcaster.
Tiger Aspect Productions and New York-based Tenafly Film Company are developing a BBC2 and NBC drama about a group of vigilante Jews who fought fascism in Britain after World War II.
Sky entertainment commissioner Deborah Sargeant has been appointed as the first creative head for Objective Productions following a company restructure.
Channel 4 has rebranded its main channel to offer a fresh take on its iconic Lambie Nairn 4 logo.
Games industry trade body boss Jo Twist has urged the BBC to recognise the cultural significance of the format.
Irish indie Screentime ShinAwil has undergone a management buy-out from international production Banijay.
ITV’s upcoming teatime drama Beowulf has been picked up by Esquire Network to air in the US.
Sky 1 has ordered an Indiana Jones-style drama from Tony Jordan’s Red Plant Pictures.
The BBC Trust consultation on the closure of BBC3 as a linear channel ends at midnight tonight.
BBC Worldwide has ordered a ten-part docu-soap about the residents of a Fortitude-style town located in the Arctic Circle from Hello Halo.
UK viewers consumed 11.2m hours of on-demand content during the week ending 20 September, with The Great British Bake Off triumphing as the most-viewed show online.
Troy producer Zig Zag Productions has struck a development and distribution deal with Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.
Entertainment One (eOne) has increased its stake in British kids brand Peppa Pig, after investing in creators Astley Baker Davies (ABD).
The BBC has pulled out of its contract to broadcast The Open golf championship 12 months early citing financial constraints, handing exclusive live coverage to Sky from 2016.
French TV and film financier Cofiloisirs is to ramp up its investment in UK programmes after hiring former Film 4 executive Andrew Hildebrand.
Sony Pictures Television has restructured its international distribution division.
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The Kurupt FM crew is set to survive BBC3’s move online, with the youth channel keen to commission a third series of People Just Do Nothing.
Industry Media founder Simon Vyvyan has partnered with law firm Harbottle & Lewis to establish a consultancy to provide commercial and business affairs advice to independent producers.
US cable network A&E has acquired Sky Living drama The Enfield Haunting after striking a deal with distributor Entertainment One.
Partners In Crime co-producer RLJ Entertainment has hired former Fremantle Media exec Shane Murphy as managing director of its UK production business.
BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell has argued that Channel 4’s existing ownership model contributes to a UK broadcasting ecology that “works very well”.
The Welsh, Scottish and Irish public service broadcasters have united in a call for a primetime lifestyle format to work for viewers across the three Celtic nations.
ITN Productions has won the current affairs award at the International Emmy Awards for its investigative report Children on the Frontline.
Lord Burns will step down from his position as chairman of Channel 4 next year after the government rejected Ofcom’s recommendation to extend his tenure.