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OSF boss labels natural history ‘tired’

22-Oct-2014

The natural history genre has become “tired” and producers must work harder to convince broadcasters to invest in shows, according to Oxford Scientific Films boss Clare Birks.

Steve Condie

7 Wonder hires OSF exec

22-Oct-2014

7 Wonder has stepped up its recruitment drive with the appointment of Oxford Scientific Films’ (OSF) Steve Condie as head of specialist factual.

Poverty: Through A Child’s Eyes

Spun Gold makes poverty doc for C5

22-Oct-2014

Channel 5 is to explore poverty through the eyes of children in a one-off documentary from Spun Gold.

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Channel 4 develops Isis drama

21-Oct-2014

Channel 4 is developing a drama exploring the reasons some British-born Muslims are joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) with Liza Marshall’s fledgling indie Archery Pictures.

Meet The Orangutans

Orangutans swing onto Animal Planet

21-Oct-2014

Animal Planet has ordered Meet The Orangutans, an eight-part follow up to its hit series Meet The Sloths.

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BBCW strikes Red Planet first-look deal

21-Oct-2014

Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures has formalised his long-standing relationship with BBC Worldwide, striking a first-look deal with the international distributor.

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Rare agrees partnership with Babygrand

21-Oct-2014

Factual umbrella firm Rare Television has struck its second indie deal, agreeing a partnership with fledgling indie Babygrand Productions.

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Indies vie for Children's Baftas

21-Oct-2014

Animation producers Blue Zoo and Factory Transmedia are to battle with Dot to Dot Productions and Kindle Entertainment for indie of the year at the Children’s Baftas.

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Comedy Central takes Big Talk pilot to series

21-Oct-2014

Comedy Central has taken Big Talk comedy Mummy’s Boys to series after producing a non-TX pilot last year.

Viral Tap

Yalli wins C4 gameshow pilot

21-Oct-2014

Yalli Productions is to pilot a gameshow format for Channel 4 in which contestants must agree how to divide up a prize pot into unequal amounts.

The Jonathan Ross Show

Jonathan Ross signs two series ITV deal

20-Oct-2014

Jonathan Ross has signed up for a further two series of his ITV chat show – keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.

Sean Bean

Frankenstein first order for ITV Encore

20-Oct-2014

ITV has ordered its first original commission for Sky pay-TV channel Encore, a Sean Bean-fronted drama about Frankenstein. 

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Frankel film under starter's orders for C4

20-Oct-2014

Oxford Scientific Films will explore the story of legendary racehorse Frankel in a Channel 4 documentary ahead of Royal Ascot next year.

Mr Sloane

Sky scraps Mr Sloane and Trying Again

17-Oct-2014

Sky has cancelled Sky Atlantic comedy Mr Sloane, starring Nick Frost, and Chris Addison’s Sky Living sitcom Trying Again.

The Undateables

Betty sets up ugly date for TLC

17-Oct-2014

The Undateables producer Betty is to follow singletons with hidden medical conditions including alopecia and hyperhidrosis as they try to find love in a dating format for TLC.

Man vs Fly

Gogglebox spies Man vs Fly TV format Video

17-Oct-2014

Sony-backed indie Gogglebox is looking to transform Man vs Fly into a traditional TV format after its launch on The Sun website. 

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Electric Ray highlights inequality for C4

17-Oct-2014

Sony-backed indie Electric Ray is to make a studio show for Channel 4 in which host Richard Bacon will shine a spotlight on inequality in Britain.

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AOL kickstarts original commissioning

17-Oct-2014

AOL UK has moved into commissioning for the first time, ordering online series fronted by Richard Bacon, Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes.

24 Hours In Police Custody

The Garden’s creative director departs

17-Oct-2014

The Garden Productions creative director Jonathan Smith is to leave the ITV Studios-owned indie at the end of the year.

Bake Off

Richard McKerrow: give ideas a chance

16-Oct-2014

Love Productions co-founder Richard McKerrow believes the industry must give good ideas more time to grow after the slowburn success of The Great British Bake Off culminated in 13 million viewers for last week’s final.

Happy Valley

Red plots Sky Living crime drama

16-Oct-2014

Mipcom: American crime novelist Harlan Coben is writing his first original UK television series – a 10-part drama for female-skewing channel Sky Living.

Danny Cohen

BBC boost for indie relations

16-Oct-2014

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has demanded that the corporation’s commissioners abide by a fresh set of guiding principles as he bids to improve indie relations.

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Emma Willis to join Twenty Twenty

16-Oct-2014

The Great British Bake Off commissioner Emma Willis is to leave the BBC after nearly nine years to become creative director of Twenty Twenty Television.

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Jonathan Levi joins Renegade Pictures

15-Oct-2014

Jonathan Levi, the executive producer responsible for shows including recent BBC3 doc Tulisa: The Price of Fame, has joined Renegade Pictures.

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Top of the Lake to return for second run

15-Oct-2014

See-Saw Films is developing a second series of acclaimed BBC2 drama Top of the Lake and has bolstered its TV division with the hire of a chief operating officer and a former Ruby Film & Television development exec.

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BBC orders Shaun The Sheep Christmas special

15-Oct-2014

The BBC has ordered a Christmas special episode of Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animations.

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Simon Cowell reveals digital and scripted plans

15-Oct-2014

Mipcom: Simon Cowell plans to launch Syco Entertainment’s next show on a digital platform rather than with a traditional broadcaster and is developing a High School Musical-style scripted project.

Benefits Street

C4 rejects calls to axe Immigration Street

14-Oct-2014

Channel 4 has rejected calls from locals to scrap its controversial forthcoming series Immigration Street and rejected claims that Love Productions has targeted vulnerable people.

Emma Barnett

Radio 5 Live orders Buzzfeed-style show

14-Oct-2014

The most-trending news stories from across the internet are to form the backbone of a Buzzfeed-inspired BBC Radio 5 Live programme set to launch next month.

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Ben Hart

Objective teams with magic agency

Objective Productions has partnered with magic talent agency Pickpocket to help it develop new projects.

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James Murdoch

James Murdoch hints at future for Shine/Endemol

Mipcom: 21st Century Fox co-chief operating officer James Murdoch has provided the first glimpse of what a merged Shine and Endemol business will look like in a keynote interview in Cannes.

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X Factor UK

X Factor UK completes international deals Video

The X Factor UK will be broadcast in 147 territories after Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia International completed a raft of international distribution deals.

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James Murdoch

James Murdoch hints at future for Shine/Endemol

Mipcom: 21st Century Fox co-chief operating officer James Murdoch has provided the first glimpse of what a merged Shine and Endemol business will look like in a keynote interview in Cannes.

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OSF boss labels natural history ‘tired’

The natural history genre has become “tired” and producers must work harder to convince broadcasters to invest in shows, according to Oxford Scientific Films boss Clare Birks.

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Viral Tap

Yalli wins C4 gameshow pilot

Yalli Productions is to pilot a gameshow format for Channel 4 in which contestants must agree how to divide up a prize pot into unequal amounts.

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This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show

C4 orders fixed-rig fitting room format

Channel 4 is to go inside the nation’s fitting rooms in a genre-bending fixed-rig and features show.