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Whittingdale mulls regulatory boost for kids’ and current affairs


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.


C4 backs Newman and Ali G


Sacha Baron Cohen and former Objective boss Andrew Newman have launched a comedy and entertainment indie backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund.


Milkshake orders dinosaur series


Channel 5 children’s strand Milkshake has ordered an animated comedy series from Waybuloo creator Absolutely Cuckoo.  


Ofcom to publish ToT report by Xmas


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”.


C4 eyes up Keo social experiment


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.

The Great British Bake Off

BBC hit by Bake Off betting allegations


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.


Buccaneer hires Big Brother creative director


Buccaneer Media, the indie set up by The Only Way Is Essex creator Tony Wood, has hired Big Brother creative director Denis O’Connor.

You, Me and the Apocalypse

Pact launches 'one-stop shop' co-pro app


Pact has launched a “one-stop shop” app to make co-production arrangements easier for indies to negotiate, following a surge of international deals.


Mipcom makes push on screenings


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.

Urban Brew Studios

Zig Zag strikes South African co-pro deal


Troy producer Zig Zag has struck a production partnership with South African indie Urban Brew Studios.


Industry hit by Cannes floods Video


Mipcom 2015 is going ahead as planned despite flash flooding causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage in Cannes.


In brief: Jeff Ford; Thinking Violets; Warp


Fox has handed Jeff Ford a promotion, while Remy Blumenfeld has hired an ITV Studios exec at Thinking Violets. Read on for more.

Caspar Lee & Joe Sugg

YouTube stars establish indie


YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have established their own production company as they aim to produce further linear TV formats.

Peaky Blinders

Tiger Aspect promotes drama duo


Tiger Aspect executives Will Gould and Frith Tiplady have been promoted to joint managing directors of the producer’s drama division.

Alex Polizzi

C5 orders Alex Polizzi spin-off


Alex Polizzi is sticking with Channel 5 after the Viacom-owned broadcaster ordered a further two series from its Hotel Inspector.

Victoria Jaye

Hospital Club reveals winners


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.

The Beatles

In brief: Voltage; Peacock; 5 Live; Jazz FM; Beatles


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.


Firecrest lands C4 current affairs series


Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films has been commissioned to produce a consumer current affairs series for Channel 4 following a successful pilot.


CBS tracks down US version of Hunted


Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is being developed in the US by Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm.


Princess sizes up YouTube talent to boost its slate


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.


Boom in TV exports to Africa


Sub-Saharan Africa and South America have usurped China as the fastest-growing markets for UK television exports, a report has found.

Baking Bad

French indie Pernel recruiting after UK launch


French producer Pernel Media is recruiting a London-based development chief after becoming the first French indie to launch a British operation.


BBC plans indie cash boost


The BBC is drawing up plans to pay small and niche genre indies earlier in the production process to realise their creative potential.

Voice of Ireland

Irish indie exits Banijay


Irish indie Screentime ShinAwil has undergone a management buy-out from international production Banijay.


Tiger developing BBC2 drama on vigilante Jews


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.

Lord Burns

Lord Burns vision: C4 should be part-owned by indies Video


Lord Burns’ vision to save Channel 4 from privatisation is based on the indie sector taking ownership of the broadcaster.


Sky orders Indiana Jones-style drama


Sky 1 has ordered an Indiana Jones-style drama from Tony Jordan’s Red Plant Pictures.


BBCW orders Fortitude-style docu-soap


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.

Weapon Hunter

Zig Zag strikes first-look deal with Canadian distributor


Troy producer Zig Zag Productions has struck a development and distribution deal with Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.


King of the Nerds

Re-shaped Objective hires Sky exec as first creative chief

Sky entertainment commissioner Deborah Sargeant has been appointed as the first creative head for Objective Productions following a company restructure.

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Endemol Shine Group

Peaky Blinders

Tiger Aspect promotes drama duo

Tiger Aspect executives Will Gould and Frith Tiplady have been promoted to joint managing directors of the producer’s drama division.

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Fremantle Media


C4 strikes Nordic drama deal

Walter Presents will carry several Nordic dramas after striking a deal with Fremantle Media International (FMI).

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Mainstreet reveals drama strategy

Former ITV drama bosses Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes have thrown open their doors to emerging writers after arguing that a boom in the genre has made it more challenging to work with established talent.

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Warner Bros Television Productions UK

Hall defends The Voice and ‘luvvies letter’

Director general Tony Hall has pledged that the BBC’s next entertainment hit will be “home grown” and defended the decision to coordinate a ‘luvvies letter’ backing the broadcaster.   

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C4 locks up fixed-rig prison doc

Channel 4 will give a young offenders’ institute the fixed-rig treatment in a hard-hitting documentary series earmarked for 2016.

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