Lord Holmes has urged TV to seize the diversity initiative by scrapping unpaid internships, while hurdles to top creative jobs also emerged as a theme at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week.
Chocolate Media will follow attempts by the Landmark Trust to complete two ambitious building restorations for a Channel 4 series.
The deadline to enter the Broadcast Awards has been extended to Friday 11 September, giving hopefuls an extra seven days to submit programmes, channels and businesses.
The BBC has agreed a deal with the Rugby Football League to extend its coverage until 2020, while Channel 4 has handed a Tern daytime format a primetime commission.
Fremantle Media International has picked up the global rights to Kudos-produced BBC1 drama Capital.
Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt has claimed that growing consolidation in the indie sector has had a negative impact on creativity.
George Faber is to produce a Channel 4 drama series which will explore the impact on a fictional public figure after they are accused of historical sexual misconduct.
Ten Alps indie Films of Record will track a police investigation into a teenage murder in an ambitious documentary series for Channel 4.
BBC2 has secured unprecedented access to the White House to tell the story of president Barack Obama’s legacy.
Neal Street Productions co-founder Pippa Harris has been made a Dame for her services to television.
Antiques Road Trip producer STV Productions has inked a development deal with GroupM Entertainment to produce entertainment, factual and drama projects
Disney-owned broadcaster ABC is “aggressively” hunting UK talent and writers but is not looking to acquire British production companies.
Studio Lambert is to launch a Gogglebox-inspired talent hunt for a horror director in a BBC3 series.
Twofour is to replicate the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film with a group of celebrities in a documentary series for BBC2.
Discovery chief creative officer Phil Craig has revealed that the broadcaster is working with Idris Elba on a follow-up to his high-octane series No Limits.
Birds of a Feather creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have set up a scripted indie in partnership with Fremantle Media-backed Corona TV.
A sleigh ride through Lapland and the exploration of the biology of a 400-year-old oak tree form part of BBC4’s second slow TV season.
Production network Greenbird Media has opened up about the next stage of its investment strategy, following two quick-fire deals with fledgling indies in the past fortnight.
More than 100 indies have been created in the past two years as a new wave of production companies emerges.
CPL Productions’ BBC1 daytime quiz show Decimate has been recommissioned for a second 25 x 45-minute series.
Welsh indie Boomerang is bulking up its development team with a senior hire from Outline Productions - as it picks up the contract to produce around 30 hours of para-sport coverage for Channel 4.
Indus Films is to investigate the world of luxury interior design as one of three Channel 4 documentaries.
Crackit Productions has sealed two commissions – a 20-part series for Sky 1 following Ireland’s border force and a wedding series for Channel 5.
Mentorn Media’s drama division Daybreak Pictures is developing an ambitious country house period drama for the BBC.
ITV Studios’ comedy label Second Act Productions has inked a first-look deal with the creator of Balls of Steel and The Friday Night Project.
Mad Dogs indie Left Bank Pictures has struck a landmark co-production deal with China International Television Corporation.
Ben Fogle will front an ambitious ‘whale-fall’ experiment for ITV which will lure large sea creatures – including sharks – to the carcass of a whale.
John Silver’s Pi Productions has become the second indie to win investment from production network Greenbird Media in a week.