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ITN posts pre-tax profits of £6.6m

ITN weathered a 3% decline in revenues to post a pre-tax profit of £6.6m last year, according to the news specialist’s annual report.

Random Acts

Random Acts 'supercharged' by C4

Channel 4 is to ‘supercharge’ its Random Acts arts strand, beefing up its budget and handing it a more prominent TV slot.

Carnival develops Frank Spotnitz crime series

Carnival Films and Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions are developing a crime series about Sigmund Freud created by X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

UKTV makes indie pledge in commissioning rethink

UKTV is pledging to provide a full response to indies’ pitches within two weeks of submission as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of commissioning.

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Universal Music eyes TV push

Record label Universal Music is to ramp up its move into television following the acquisition of London-based indie Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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ITV to fill Champions League void with in-house formats

ITV plans to use the funding and space in the schedule freed up by its loss of the Champions League to test in-house formats.

The Village

UK indies secure seven US series

UK indies, led by Stephen Lambert’s All3Media America, have won at least seven series orders from US broadcasters this week, as well as three major development projects.

Youngers

Youngers plans diversity boost

Big Talk Productions hopes to play a part in boosting industry diversity after completing an “old-fashioned apprenticeship scheme” on the second series of Youngers.

Everest Jump Live

Discovery to air live Everest jump Video

Peacock Productions is producing a two-hour live special following climber Joby Ogwyn’s attempt to become the first person to jump from the peak of Mount Everest for Discovery Network International.

Cherry Healey

Nerd scores US pilot with FYI

Nerd TV has become the latest UK indie to score a US deal after Jana Bennett-run lifestyle network FYI ordered long-lost love format You’re The One.

Nigel Pickard

Zodiak Kids boss Nigel Pickard exits

Kids industry veteran Nigel Pickard is to leave Zodiak Media after eight years at the company.

Ian Mikardo School

C5 goes back to school with Shiver

Channel 5 is going back to school with a Shiver-produced documentary following kids with severe behavioural problems.

All Star Racing

CBBC revs up Mario Kart-style racer

CBBC is launching a Mario Kart-style racing game featuring characters including Hacker and Dodge and Wolfblood’s Rydian.

The Call Centre

Mark Freeland issues in-house rallying call

BBC Productions boss Mark Freeland has pledged that his division will be on the “front foot” in underlining its value during the BBC Trust’s review of commissioning quotas.

Patrick Bradley

Ingenious boss launches £150m fund

Ingenious Ventures chief executive Patrick Bradley has exited the company to establish a £150m media and entertainment investment fund.

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The Call Centre

The Call Centre dials up record audience

The Call Centre phoned in its biggest audience on record on Tuesday night, as BBC2 launched two new factual shows to solid ratings.

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The Big Allotment Challenge

TV Critics: The Big Allotment Challenge; Nightmare Neighbour Next Door; Watermen: A Dirty Business

“What do you expect? It’s about English allotments – it’s going to be parochial.”

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Chris Curtis

BBC3 chief: what’s the criteria?

Candidates will have to prove their online ambitions to land job says Chris Curtis

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Richard Watsham, UKTV

Richard Watsham, UKTV

UKTV is looking to shift its focus to entertainment and improving its indie relationships

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Podcast

Amazing Greys

Talking TV: BBC quotas & John Kaye Cooper Video

Broadcast’s Talking TV podcast returns with a John Kaye Cooper interview and more on BBC commissioning quotas.

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Broadcast 18 April 2014

Broadcast 18 April 2014 Video

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