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Shine / Endemol merger on brink

Tim Hincks has been the centre of speculation this week, with sources suggesting he will remain with the merged Shine/Endemol as a creative counterpoint to the business acumen of new chief executive Sophie Turner Laing.


First-look deal for Little Gem

Ben Gale and Natasha Bondy’s newly established indie Little Gem has signed a first-look deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Grandpas Over Flowers

Indies look East for formats

UK producers are eyeing formats from Asia as they bid to find the next Dragons’ Den.

Bake Off

Bake Off rises to 9.7m peak Video

WEDNESDAY: The Great British Bake Off rose to its biggest ever audience on BBC1, peaking with 9.7m viewers, as Channel 4’s The Paedophile Hunter located 1.4m.

First Dates

First Dates pulls 12-part order

Fixed-rig dating show First Dates is to return to Channel 4 for a third run – with an extended 12 part series.


RTS north west awards shortlist revealed

Red Productions has led the way at the Royal Television Society North West awards – securing a slew of nominations across five categories.

Alex Mahon

Alex Mahon rallies Shine staff

Outgoing Shine Group chief exec Alex Mahon has written to staff to say she is confident they will continue to produce “spectacularly compelling” shows following the mega-merger with Endemol.

Elisabeth Murdoch

Elisabeth Murdoch to leave Shine after mega-merger

Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.

Drunk History

Comedy Central to remake Drunk History Video

Comedy Central UK is to pilot a British version of historical comedy format Drunk History – the first time the channel has reversioned a show which airs on its US sister network.


Shine seals deals for US Broadchurch

The US version of Broadchurch has been sold by Shine International to broadcasters in Canada and Australia ahead of its TX.

Celebrity Squares

DCD Media stems losses

DCD Media’s revenue fell by almost 20% in the first half of the year, but the production group still managed to cut its losses.

24 Hours In Police Custody

24 Hours In Police Custody locks up 2m Video

MONDAY: 24 Hours in Police Custody locked up an audience of 2m for Channel 4, as Cilla bowed out with 6.4m on ITV.

Killer Behind Bars

Popkorn expands after C4 investment

Popkorn Television, one of the indies Channel 4 invested in as part of its Growth Fund, has hired Rare Day’s development chief and a former Love Productions’ commercial executive. 

My Child is a Monkey

Barcroft TV signs long-form docs Video

ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions have signed deals with Barcroft Media to feature a raft of long-form programming on its online video channel.

Natasha Bondy and Ben Gale

Ben Gale and Natasha Bondy launch indie

Maverick TV’s former director of programmes Ben Gale and ex-Princess Productions exec Natasha Bondy have teamed up to launch a factual indie.


Browse the UK's top independent production companies and super-indies

Bake Off

Bake Off rises to 9.7m peak Video

WEDNESDAY: The Great British Bake Off rose to its biggest ever audience on BBC1, peaking with 9.7m viewers, as Channel 4’s The Paedophile Hunter located 1.4m.

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The Paedophile Hunter

TV Critics: The Paedophile Hunter; Crackanory; The Long Shadow

“There is no element of this that is not disturbing.”

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Training is key to tackling lack of diverse talent

Industry should follow London360’s lead in supporting talent, says Jasmine Dotiwala

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Peter Taylor, BBC

The veteran journalist talks about returning to Northern Ireland and the future of current affairs programming

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The Great British Bake Off

Talking TV: Bake Off & Rising Star Video

The latest edition of Talking TV hears about The Great British Bake Off’s recipe for success and asks why ITV pulled the plug on Rising Star.

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