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Downton Abbey

ITV confirms end of Downton Abbey

26-Mar-2015

ITV has confirmed that Downton Abbey is set to end after its sixth series.

Call The Midwife

All3Media on brink of Neal Street deal

26-Mar-2015

All3Media is on the brink of buying Call The Midwife producer Neal Street Productions.

Educating Binky

C4 bolsters All 4 with short-form shows

26-Mar-2015

Channel 4 has bolstered its short-form video offering with five new series ahead of the launch of its digital platform All 4.

netflix

Pact warns of ‘threat’ from EU digital union

26-Mar-2015

Industry trade body Pact has described EU plans to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK’s television industry.

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Nordic nations eye tax breaks

26-Mar-2015

Norway and Sweden could rival the UK as a destination for highend drama production as they look to introduce tax benefits for scripted content.

the-voice

US-owned indies increase share of UK revenue

26-Mar-2015

Research for Broadcast’s Indie Survey has revealed that American- owned companies accounted for almost half of UK production revenues last year.

my-life

Hard times for northern indies

26-Mar-2015

Broadcast research has revealed that indies in the north of England have suffered over the past five years from a lack of commissions and increased industry consolidation.

Renowned

C4 backs its first BAME indie

26-Mar-2015

Channel 4 has dipped into its £20m Growth Fund to invest in its first BAME indie. It has also teed up a development deal with another diverse producer, with a view to future investment.

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BBC Studios: the indie verdict

26-Mar-2015

Almost 100 indies have delivered their verdict on the BBC’s plans to abolish quotas and commercialise in-house production – and it has split the sector down the middle.

Sophie Zurawski

Audio Network opens Manchester base

25-Mar-2015

Music licencing business Audio Network has opened an office in Manchester as part of plans to expand its footprint.

Release The Hounds

ITV2 returns to Release The Hounds

25-Mar-2015

Horror gameshow Release The Hounds is to return to ITV2 for an extended second series.

Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone prepares acapella for BBC2

25-Mar-2015

Gareth Malone is to return to BBC2 for an acapella spin-off of The Choir from Twenty Twenty.

Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon goes Back to the Future

25-Mar-2015

Keith Lemon will step back in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic 1980s film franchise Back to the Future.

Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla: my career journey Video

24-Mar-2015

The Roughcut founder spoke at the launch of Hiive, the Creative Skillset-backed network for the creative industries. Atalla gave an insight into how he broke into TV and revealed The Office may never have been made if his maths ability was better.

Live Lounge

CBBC to launch TOTP-style live chart show

24-Mar-2015

CBBC has joined forces with Radio 1 to launch a Top Of The Pops-style programme which will reveal each week’s number one at the same time as the Official Chart Show.

Charlie Brooker

BBC2 reveals satirical election line-up

24-Mar-2015

Jack Dee, Charlie Brooker and Rory Bremner will help BBC2 take an irreverent look at the general election this year through a range of satirical programmes.

My Jihad

Weekly iPlayer show to highlight BBC exclusives

23-Mar-2015

BBC iPlayer is planning a weekly show to direct viewers to its exclusive programming as part of a raft of commissions for the VoD service featuring Matt Berry, Frankie Boyle and Jo Brand.

Houdini

ITV orders Houdini and Conan Doyle drama

23-Mar-2015

The friendship between illusionist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will form the basis of a supernatural crime drama for ITV from Big Talk Productions.

Andrew Chowns

Directors UK to recognise edit directors

20-Mar-2015

Directors UK has formally voted to recognise the role of edit directors, making them eligible for production royalties, and encouraged the rest of the industry to do the same.

The South Bank Show

BBC2 charts Melvyn Bragg’s life

20-Mar-2015

BBC2 is to celebrate the life and career of The South Bank Show presenter Melvyn Bragg with a 75-minute documentary from Storyvault Films.

SSE

BBC4 goes inside big six energy firm

19-Mar-2015

BBC4 is to reveal the inner workings of SSE, one of the UK’s big six energy companies, in an access documentary from The Tube indie Blast! Films.

Evermoor

Lime wins 20-part Evermoor order

19-Mar-2015

Disney Channel has ordered a 20-part run of live-action series The Evermoor Chronicles after launching the show as a four-episode mini-series last year.

ink-master

Viacom opens door to US for indies

19-Mar-2015

British producers could be in line for a share of Viacom’s $3bn (£2bn) annual US content spend as the US media group seeks to increase opportunities for UK content creators.

Sex-party-secrets

C4 to turn fixed-rig on divorce

19-Mar-2015

Channel 4 has secured a front-row seat to divorce mediation sessions as one of two Minnow Films commissions about relationships in 21st-century Britain.

Hungry Bear

Hungry Bear ties with Michael McIntyre

19-Mar-2015

Hungry Bear Media is launching an offshoot with Michael McIntyre as the first step of creating a wider production group.

Sugar-Films

Sugar Films to offer diverse talent a helping hand

19-Mar-2015

Sugar Films, the indie established by former BBC productions boss Pat Younge and ex-Channel 4 executives Lucy Pilkington and Narinder Minhas, is aiming to open doors in TV for diverse talent after launching this week.

George Osborne

George Osborne cuts drama tax break threshold

18-Mar-2015

UK broadcasters will become more appealing international drama co-production partners after the government lowered the minimum UK spend required for high-end TV drama to qualify for a tax break.

Jimmy Savile

BBC film to examine legacy of Savile abuse

18-Mar-2015

Olly Lambert is to direct a 90-minute film for BBC1 which will highlight the impact on the lives of those affected by child sexual abuse, including the victims of Jimmy Savile and the crimes exposed by the Operation Yewtree investigation.

Fortitude

Fifty Fathoms boss hints at Fortitude return Video

18-Mar-2015

Tiger Aspect indie Fifty Fathoms has begun talks with Sky Atlantic about a second series of big-budget drama series Fortitude.

All3Media

Call The Midwife

All3Media on brink of Neal Street deal

All3Media is on the brink of buying Call The Midwife producer Neal Street Productions.

Fremantle Media

Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon goes Back to the Future

Keith Lemon will step back in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic 1980s film franchise Back to the Future.

Twofour

Happy Families

Twofour's Happy Families heads to Denmark

TV2 Denmark is remaking Twofour’s fixed-rig documentary series Happy Families.

Warner Bros Television Productions UK

Educating Binky

C4 bolsters All 4 with short-form shows

Channel 4 has bolstered its short-form video offering with five new series ahead of the launch of its digital platform All 4.

Zodiak

Celebrity Wife Swap

Zodiak Rights to cull 10 jobs

Zodiak Rights is set to make around 10 staff redundant in its factual, formats and UK sales divisions after conducting a strategic review.