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BBC reaches weekly global audience of 308m

22-May-2015

The BBC has estimated it reaches 308m weekly viewers internationally, after combining the reach of its news and entertainment audiences for the first time.

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto developer takes legal action over BBC drama

22-May-2015

Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games has begun legal proceedings against the BBC over the corporation’s feature-length drama which tells the story of the controversial video game.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen, My Mother And Other Strangers writer Barry Devlin, Stephen Wright, Head of Drama, BBC NI and Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland

BBC1 orders WW2 Northern Irish drama

22-May-2015

Ballykissangel writer Barry Devlin has penned a pre-watershed drama set in Northern Ireland during World War Two for BBC1.

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Firecracker follows Llewelyn-Bowen to China

22-May-2015

Firecracker Films is to follow Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s attempts to launch a lingerie brand in China for BBC2 in one of three orders picked up by the factual producer.

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RTE drama to explore Easter Uprising

22-May-2015

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan has ordered a drama series about the 1916 Easter Uprising from Zodiak Media-owned indie Touchpaper Television.

Judge Geordie

5Productions lands first MTV show

21-May-2015

5Productions has picked up its first order from MTV in a fresh slate from the broadcaster which includes Remedy’s first factual entertainment show.   

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Sky expands kids VoD by 600%

21-May-2015

Sky is to beef up its VoD library of kids content by 600% - offering subscribers access to around 4000 episodes of shows including Spongebob Squarepants and Horrible Histories.

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Creative Skillset: TV barriers are still up

21-May-2015

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.

Dad's Army

BBC Radio 4 Extra leads digital radio gains

21-May-2015

Radio 4 Extra grew its audience to over 2m weekly listeners, as sister spin-off station Radio 5 Live Sports Extra bolstered its listenership by almost two-thirds on the back of the Cricket World Cup.

Spotify

Spotify moves into video

20-May-2015

Digital music service Spotify has agreed deals with rights holders including BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central, Maker Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Vice Media as it prepares to feature a raft of audio and video content.   

Nan

In brief: Lime Pictures; The Garden; Nan; Radio 5 Live 606

20-May-2015

Lime Pictures is to delve into the world of clairvoyants for Channel 4 and Nan is to return for a two-part series on BBC1. Click for the rest of today’s news round-up.

Patrick Spence

Fortitude exec joins Creative Summit line-up

20-May-2015

Patrick Spence, executive producer of Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the line-up of the Creative Summit 2015, part of Broadcast’s Creative Week.

Football League

Sunset+Vine to make C5 Football League show

20-May-2015

Sunset+Vine has clinched a three-year contract to produce Channel 5’s 9pm Football League highlights show.

Freddie Flintoff

Freddie Flintoff fronts BBC fitness format

20-May-2015

Freddie Flintoff is to front a BBC2 series that will put super-fit men and women through a series of military-inspired recruitment tests.

James Corden

LA Screenings: UK broadcasters eye James Corden talkshow

20-May-2015

A number of British broadcasters are lining up to acquire The Late Late Show with James Corden but the show is unlikely to air in the UK before the end of the year.

H.Club 100 awards

Hospital Club awards open

19-May-2015

Nominations have opened for the 2015 H.Club 100 awards, at which the Covent Garden club celebrates the most innovative and inspirational people working across the creative industries.

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Study finds 15% of TV workforce attended fee-paying schools

19-May-2015

A Creative Skillset study has revealed that staff employed in the TV industry are twice as likely to have attended a fee-paying school or have a degree as the national average.

Storage Hunters

UKTV profits leap 10%

19-May-2015

UKTV’s underlying earnings leapt by 10% in 2014 propelled by the broadcaster’s highest ever share of commercial impacts (SOCI), including a surge in viewing on demand.

UKIP: The First 100 Days

Ofcom clears UKIP drama

18-May-2015

Ofcom has rejected 6,000 complaints about Raw TV’s Channel 4 drama, UKIP: The First 100 Days.

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LA Screenings: C5 to bulk up 5USA & 5*

18-May-2015

Channel 5 wants to supercharge digital channels 5USA and 5* with a raft of US drama acquisitions. 

Simon Raikes

Simon Raikes quits C5 to expand Red Planet Pictures

18-May-2015

Factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes is leaving Channel 5 to launch a non-scripted division at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.

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LA Screenings: Sky and HBO reveal first co-pro project

18-May-2015

Jude Law is to front an eight-hour miniseries about a fictional, American-born pope for Sky Atlantic and HBO. 

Homeland

LA Screenings: Showtime eyes international future

18-May-2015

Showtime, the premium cable network responsible for Homeland, is looking to strike wide-ranging international output deals similar to HBO’s deal with Sky Atlantic. 

Adam Crozier

ITV stands ground on pay demands

15-May-2015

The pay dispute between ITV and the joint unions rumbled on at the company’s AGM yesterday, with its senior execs standing their ground on the issue.

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Top Gear set for first post-Clarkson format deal

15-May-2015

Top Gear is set to be remade in Italy after BBC Worldwide struck the show’s first international format deal since the fracas surrounding Jeremy Clarkson.

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NBH

BBC reaches weekly global audience of 308m

The BBC has estimated it reaches 308m weekly viewers internationally, after combining the reach of its news and entertainment audiences for the first time.

ITV

Adam Crozier

ITV stands ground on pay demands

The pay dispute between ITV and the joint unions rumbled on at the company’s AGM yesterday, with its senior execs standing their ground on the issue.

C4

Llewelyn-Bowen

Firecracker follows Llewelyn-Bowen to China

Firecracker Films is to follow Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s attempts to launch a lingerie brand in China for BBC2 in one of three orders picked up by the factual producer.

C5

Football League

Sunset+Vine to make C5 Football League show

Sunset+Vine has clinched a three-year contract to produce Channel 5’s 9pm Football League highlights show.

UKTV

Storage Hunters

UKTV profits leap 10%

UKTV’s underlying earnings leapt by 10% in 2014 propelled by the broadcaster’s highest ever share of commercial impacts (SOCI), including a surge in viewing on demand.

Sky

Sky expands kids VoD by 600%

Sky is to beef up its VoD library of kids content by 600% - offering subscribers access to around 4000 episodes of shows including Spongebob Squarepants and Horrible Histories.