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School of Hard Sums

School of Hard Sums heads Down Under


Fuji Creative Corporation has sold Dara O Briain’s School of Hard Sums to SBS2 in Australia.


Firecracker follows Llewelyn-Bowen to China


Firecracker Films is to follow Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s attempts to launch a lingerie brand in China for BBC2 in one of three orders picked up by the factual producer.

The Girl

Ealing Studios acquires GreenAcre stake


Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and plans to forge a new creative partnership with the company.

Judge Geordie

5Productions lands first MTV show


5Productions has picked up its first order from MTV in a fresh slate from the broadcaster which includes Remedy’s first factual entertainment show.   


Creative Skillset: TV barriers are still up


Barriers to entry in the UK television industry remain high, but there are rich rewards for those that get their foot in the door, according to a study published this week.

NHS: £2 Billion A Week & Counting

Voltage TV lands C4 funding


Channel 4 has backed Sanjay Singhal’s Voltage TV as it continues to spend its £20m Growth Fund.


In brief: Lime Pictures; The Garden; Nan; Radio 5 Live 606


Lime Pictures is to delve into the world of clairvoyants for Channel 4 and Nan is to return for a two-part series on BBC1. Click for the rest of today’s news round-up.

Jason Wells

Crackit hires former C5 commissioner


Crackit Productions, the indie behind Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, has hired former Channel 5 factual and fact ent commissioner Jason Wells as an executive producer.

Mulville and Thoday

Kenton Allen on board with Mulville/Thoday BBC3 campaign


Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday renewed their plea for fellow indie producers to help them save BBC3 at an event at Bafta last night - prompting Big Talk’s Kenton Allen to openly back the campaign.


Infographic: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


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Endemol Shine reveals digital plans


Endemol Shine UK is to continue to operate its multichannel networks ChannelFlip and Endemol Beyond as separate businesses and handed responsibility for both to commercial director Laurence Jones.


Study finds 15% of TV workforce attended fee-paying schools


A Creative Skillset study has revealed that staff employed in the TV industry are twice as likely to have attended a fee-paying school or have a degree as the national average.

UKIP: The First 100 Days

Ofcom clears UKIP drama


Ofcom has rejected 6,000 complaints about Raw TV’s Channel 4 drama, UKIP: The First 100 Days.


ITV lines up Queen Victoria drama from Mammoth Screen


Former Silver River head Daisy Goodwin is to make her screenwriting debut with a Queen Victoria biopic for ITV.

Simon Raikes

Simon Raikes quits C5 to expand Red Planet Pictures


Factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes is leaving Channel 5 to launch a non-scripted division at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.

Kate Teckman

C4 orders mental health series


Channel 4 has commissioned CB Films to make two-part series examining how people live with issues including pyromania, kleptomania and nymphomania.


Juliette Howell to leave Working Title UK TV


Working Title Television UK’s Juliette Howell is leaving the NBC Universal joint venture once she has overseen it existing slate.

Cake Boss

Netflix update: SVoD giant hunts six shows a year


More details have emerged of Netflix’s non-scripted commissioning push, with the SVoD giant hunting up to six shows a year.

The Island with Bear Grylls

Channel 4 returns to The Island for third run


Channel 4 is to head to the The Island with Bear Grylls for a third time after recommissioning the Bafta-winning show.

Stanley Tucci

ITV orders Peter Pan adaptation and Yorkshire period epic


ITV has ordered two high-end dramas: and adaptation of Peter Pan with Fortitude star Stanley Tucci as Hook; and epic series set in the “wild west” of the Yorkshire Dales in the 19th century.


October lifts lid on Kidd’s treasure


The discovery of pirate Captain Kidd’s treasure will form the centrepiece of an eight-part October Films series for History, which will be broadcast around the world.


BBCW snaps up 25% stake in indie start-up Mighty


BBC Worldwide has acquired a 25% stake in a start-up co-founded by one of the creators of The Weakest Link.


Keshet UK arm wins dating order from ITVBe


Israeli production company Keshet has won its first commission based on IP developed in the UK: a workplace dating format for ITVBe.


Patrick Holland and Polly Hill: indie verdict


New BBC documentaries and drama heads are broadly welcomed by production community


Netflix opens up to UK indies


Netflix has opened its doors to the wider UK indie community for the first time, as it hunts for ambitious entertainment and fact ent formats.


Amazon returns to Ripper Street


Amazon Prime Instant Video has continued its push into originations by commissioning a further two series of period crime drama Ripper Street.


BBC1 confirms Watership Down adaptation


BBC1 has commissioned a four-part adaptation of classic kids novel Watership Down.

David Lyle

Pact hires David Lyle as US chief


Pact has hired former Fox executive David Lyle as the first president of its US division.


Barcroft accesses the KKK for C4


Barcroft Productions has secured access to notorious US race hate group Ku Klux Klan for its first Channel 4 commission.


Judge Geordie

5Productions lands first MTV show

5Productions has picked up its first order from MTV in a fresh slate from the broadcaster which includes Remedy’s first factual entertainment show.   


David Flynn

David Flynn to exit Endemol Shine

Endemol UK’s chief creative officer David Flynn is to leave the company after 16 years to seek out a fresh challenge.

Fremantle Media

The X Factor

Rugby has knock on effect for X Factor

The X Factor is to be moved to Sunday evenings later this year to avoid a clash with ITV’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup.



Twofour developing Educating America

Twofour’s Educating… is heading to the US after cable broadcaster Esquire Network began developing a local version of the docu-series.

Warner Bros Television Productions UK


Disabled care doc series leads Ricochet slate

A BBC3 doc series about young jobseekers unwittingly thrown into care work leads a slate of new Ricochet commissions.



RTE drama to explore Easter Uprising

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan has ordered a drama series about the 1916 Easter Uprising from Zodiak Media-owned indie Touchpaper Television.