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.
Sacha Baron Cohen and former Objective boss Andrew Newman have launched a comedy and entertainment indie backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund.
Channel 5 children’s strand Milkshake has ordered an animated comedy series from Waybuloo creator Absolutely Cuckoo.
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”.
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 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 Media, the indie set up by The Only Way Is Essex creator Tony Wood, has hired Big Brother creative director Denis O’Connor.
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 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.
Troy producer Zig Zag has struck a production partnership with South African indie Urban Brew Studios.
Mipcom 2015 is going ahead as planned despite flash flooding causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage in Cannes.
Fox has handed Jeff Ford a promotion, while Remy Blumenfeld has hired an ITV Studios exec at Thinking Violets. Read on for more.
YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have established their own production company as they aim to produce further linear TV formats.
Tiger Aspect executives Will Gould and Frith Tiplady have been promoted to joint managing directors of the producer’s drama division.
Alex Polizzi is sticking with Channel 5 after the Viacom-owned broadcaster ordered a further two series from its Hotel Inspector.
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.
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.
Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films has been commissioned to produce a consumer current affairs series for Channel 4 following a successful pilot.
Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is being developed in the US by Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm.
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.
Sub-Saharan Africa and South America have usurped China as the fastest-growing markets for UK television exports, a report has found.
French producer Pernel Media is recruiting a London-based development chief after becoming the first French indie to launch a British operation.
The BBC is drawing up plans to pay small and niche genre indies earlier in the production process to realise their creative potential.
Irish indie Screentime ShinAwil has undergone a management buy-out from international production Banijay.
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’ vision to save Channel 4 from privatisation is based on the indie sector taking ownership of the broadcaster.
Sky 1 has ordered an Indiana Jones-style drama from Tony Jordan’s Red Plant Pictures.
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.
Troy producer Zig Zag Productions has struck a development and distribution deal with Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.