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Downton Abbey

In brief: Carnival hire and more Most Haunted

23-Jan-2015

In today’s news round-up, Carnival Films hires an ABC executive and Really orders two more series of Most Haunted.  

Todd Austin

Todd Austin leaves Leopard Films

23-Jan-2015

Leopard Films chief creative officer Todd Austin is leaving the Argonon-owned business after four years.

Andy Harries

Andy Harries & Tony Grisoni to appear at Nordic TV event

23-Jan-2015

Left Bank chief executive Andy Harries and Southcliffe writer Tony Grisoni are among leading industry figures set to speak at expanding Nordic TV conference TV Drama Vision.

Mr Bean: The Animated Series

Tiger Aspect hires new animation exec

22-Jan-2015

Baby Cow Animation founder Tim Searle has been appointed by Tiger Aspect as its creative director of animation and children’s.

Tina Malone: Pregnant at 50

Tina Malone returns to TLC

22-Jan-2015

Shameless star Tina Malone is returning to TLC for a one-off documentary produced by True North.

Julia Bradbury

ITV pulls Julia Bradbury series

22-Jan-2015

Lion Television’s Julia Bradbury-fronted series The Wonder of Britain has been temporarily shelved by ITV due to a poor ratings.

washington

Indies eye Realscreen boost

22-Jan-2015

UK indies are looking to supercharge their non-scripted ambitions in the US and get shows away with broadcast networks as a record number attend next week’s Realscreen.

Class of ’92

Class of ’92 take lead role in Salford FC doc for BBC1

22-Jan-2015

Former Manchester United players including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are to star in a three-part Electric Ray documentary for BBC1 about their acquisition of non-league Salford City FC.

Jamie Laing

Ugly Brother thinks global

22-Jan-2015

Ugly Brother Studios is using its investment from Sky Vision to help it emerge from a spell of more conservative commissioning patterns in the US.

24 Hours in A&E

The Garden uncovers everyday heroes for ITV

21-Jan-2015

24 Hours in A&E indie The Garden has won two commissions from ITV: a four-part series about ordinary heroes and a one-off film exploring household pests.

Queen Elizabeth II

Netflix’s The Crown to shoot from July

21-Jan-2015

The Crown, Netflix’s £100m biopic of Queen Elizabeth II, is due to start filming in the UK this July according to director Stephen Daldry.

Mr Bean

Mr Bean makes Comic Relief comeback

21-Jan-2015

Tiger Aspect has resurrected legendary comedy character Mr Bean for the BBC’s Red Nose Day coverage this March.

Cherry Healey

E4 slopes off with The Jump companion

21-Jan-2015

E4 will take to the slopes with a companion series for Channel 4 celebrity winter sports format The Jump.

The Minaturist

Company options ‘next Wolf Hall’

21-Jan-2015

Wolf Hall producer Company Pictures has snapped up the rights to Jessie Burton’s bestselling book The Miniaturist.

John-Craven

Simon Cowell and Objective prepare BBC2 gameshow

20-Jan-2015

Simon Cowell’s indie Over The Top Productions has partnered with Objective Productions for a 30-part daytime gameshow for BBC2.

That's Rich

C4 to pilot King Bert porn comedy

20-Jan-2015

Miranda Hart and David Walliam’s fledgling indie King Bert Productions is to pilot a sitcom set in a porn shop for Channel 4.

Revolution-will-be-televised

Hat Trick and Avalon to make BBC3 bid

20-Jan-2015

Hat Trick Productions and Avalon Entertainment are to make an audacious bid for BBC3 in an attempt to save it as a TV channel.

The Apprentice

Boundless hires The Apprentice exec

19-Jan-2015

Undercover Boss executive producer Cal Turner has joined FremantleMedia UK indie Boundless to oversee the new series of The Apprentice.

Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies prepares 1980s AIDS drama for C4

15-Jan-2015

Russell T Davies is developing a drama about British gay men facing the impact of AIDS in the 1980s as the follow-up to his forthcoming Channel 4 series Cucumber.

Going-to-the-dogs

Latimer hires Dragonfly exec to lead growth

15-Jan-2015

Latimer Films, the fledgling indie responsible for Channel 4’s Penny Woolcock documentary Going To The Dogs, is ramping up its TV ambitions after hiring former Dragonfly executive Tamara Abood.

Simon-Dickson

Simon Dickson resurfaces at Shiver

15-Jan-2015

Former Dragonfly managing director Simon Dickson will create his own label within Shiver as ITV Studios’ factual arm attempts to boost its documentary output.

Featherstone

Jane Featherstone: end of an era

15-Jan-2015

Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone will seek a fresh drama challenge when she returns to work in 2016 following her departure from the Endemol Shine Group-owned indie.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

BBC makes a season of song & dance

14-Jan-2015

The BBC has lifted the curtain on a season of programming celebrating song and dance which will stretch across radio and TV.

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant commits sins for Discovery

14-Jan-2015

Richard E Grant is to investigate the origins of the seven deadly sins and their effect on humans and the animal kingdom in a factual series for Discovery UK.

Stacey Dooley

Watershed merges with Twenty Twenty

13-Jan-2015

Stacey Dooley Investigates producer Watershed TV is to merge with sister company Twenty Twenty to create a broader creative team.

Poirot

Acorn inks deal with Red Rooster founders

13-Jan-2015

Acorn Productions, the indie behind Foyle’s War and the Agatha Christie adaptations, has struck an umbrella deal with the founders of former drama powerhouse Red Rooster.

HousingEnforcers

BBC1 renews The Housing Enforcers

13-Jan-2015

BBC1 has picked up a second series of The Housing Enforcers from Twofour.

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh makes C4 debut

13-Jan-2015

Alan Titchmarsh has signed up to present his first programme for Channel 4, a three-part series about Britain’s master gardener of the 1700s.

The Billion Pound Hotel

Rize checks in at The Billion Pound Hotel

13-Jan-2015

Liberty of London indie Rize USA will again immerse itself in luxury as it visits the world’s most exclusive hotel for a Channel 4 documentary.

All3Media

Julia Bradbury

ITV pulls Julia Bradbury series

Lion Television’s Julia Bradbury-fronted series The Wonder of Britain has been temporarily shelved by ITV due to a poor ratings.

Endemol

Broadchurch

Shine, Endemol and Core merger approved

The Shine, Endemol and Core Media merger has been given regulatory approval and will begin trading under the banner Endemol Shine Group on 1 January 2015.

Fremantle Media

The Apprentice

BBC quest for disabled The Apprentice candidate

The BBC is on the hunt for the first visibly disabled entrepreneur to star in next year’s series of The Apprentice following criticism over a lack of diversity in previous series of BBC1’s business show.

Shine

Broadchurch series two

Chris Chibnall: Broadchurch return to be more thrilling

The second series of Broadchurch is to include more of a “thriller narrative” than the debut run according to writer Chris Chibnall.

Twofour

Cherry Healey

E4 slopes off with The Jump companion

E4 will take to the slopes with a companion series for Channel 4 celebrity winter sports format The Jump.

Warners Bros Television Productions UK

Stacey Dooley

Watershed merges with Twenty Twenty

Stacey Dooley Investigates producer Watershed TV is to merge with sister company Twenty Twenty to create a broader creative team.

Zodiak

The-Greatest-Ironman

Zodiak boards Iron Man doc Video

Zodiak Rights has boarded documentary The Greatest Ironman which follows a father’s attempts to raise awareness of Duchenne a fatal muscle-wasting disease affecting his son.