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House of Cards creator plans docs push


House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is planning a focus on factual projects to grow his production company.

  • In brief: Serial; Combat Trains; Escape Artist; The Persuaders


    Fremantle Media has returned to France for its latest drama acquisition, while podcast Serial is set for a TV remake. Click for more.

  • BBC joins forces with PBS for nature docs


    The BBC natural history department has joined forces with US broadcaster PBS on four projects following the success of Big Blue Live.

  • Vice eyes new channels and TV expansion Video


    Vice is to launch a number of online channels and push further into linear television over the next 12 months.

  • CBS tracks down US version of Hunted


    Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is being developed in the US by Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm.

  • C4 strikes Nordic drama deal


    Walter Presents will carry several Nordic dramas after striking a deal with Fremantle Media International (FMI).

  • C4 in foreign drama push


    Channel 4’s forthcoming foreign-language service Walter Presents will launch with around 140 hours of programming and intends to grow its catalogue to 1,000 hours within three years.

  • Boom in TV exports to Africa


    Sub-Saharan Africa and South America have usurped China as the fastest-growing markets for UK television exports, a report has found.

  • French indie Pernel recruiting after UK launch


    French producer Pernel Media is recruiting a London-based development chief after becoming the first French indie to launch a British operation.

  • Beau Willimon talks TV disruption


    Netflix political drama House Of Cards was one of the first major online originations to disrupt the linear television ecology.

  • Esquire Network picks up Beowulf


    ITV’s upcoming teatime drama Beowulf has been picked up by Esquire Network to air in the US.

  • Irish indie exits Banijay


    Irish indie Screentime ShinAwil has undergone a management buy-out from international production Banijay.

  • eOne acquires controlling stake in Peppa Pig


    Entertainment One (eOne) has increased its stake in British kids brand Peppa Pig, after investing in creators Astley Baker Davies (ABD).

  • Zig Zag strikes first-look deal with Canadian distributor


    Troy producer Zig Zag Productions has struck a development and distribution deal with Canadian distributor Blue Ant International.

  • French financier Cofiloisirs eyes UK drama


    French TV and film financier Cofiloisirs is to ramp up its investment in UK programmes after hiring former Film 4 executive Andrew Hildebrand.

  • Sony shakes up distribution division


    Sony Pictures Television has restructured its international distribution division.

  • A&E acquires Enfield Haunting for US


    US cable network A&E has acquired Sky Living drama The Enfield Haunting after striking a deal with distributor Entertainment One.

  • Betty takes Bear Grylls to China


    Discovery-owned indie Betty has inked a deal with Shanghai Media Group to produce a Bear Grylls-fronted celebrity survival show for China.

  • Sky Arts acquires Norwegian oil drama


    Sky Arts has acquired Jo Nesbø-created Norwegian drama Occupied after striking a deal with Zodiak Rights.

  • C4 foreign-language VoD service set for 2016 debut


    Channel 4 is to launch its foreign-language streaming service in January, with big-budget German period drama Deutschland 83 becoming its first high-profile acquisition.

  • Fox pilots BBC1 gameshow


    US network Fox is piloting physical gameshow Can’t Touch This from fledgling Northern Irish indie Stellify Media.

  • The Returned moves to More 4


    Channel 4 has bumped supernatural French thriller The Returned onto More 4 to help build the digital channel’s slate of international drama.

  • Amazon hacks into Mr Robot Video


    Amazon has continued its aggressive acquisition of first-run TV shows with the purchase of US hacker drama Mr Robot.

  • The UK's top distributors Video


    Data showing the top distributors, biggest risers and market growth by country.

  • Amazon lines up pilot slate


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has unveiled its latest slate of pilots from creators including Louis CK, Sacha Baron Cohen and Diablo Cody.

  • Endemol Shine leapfrogs FMI


    The Endemol Shine Group merger has helped its recently unified distribution division leapfrog Fremantle Media International to become the second-largest sales house in the UK, according to Broadcast’s Distributors Survey 2015.

  • Creativity debate rages at RTS


    Transatlantic relations were a hot topic at the RTS Cambridge Convention as some of the industry’s power players debated the complicated relationship between consolidation and creativity.

  • Scream Queens set to shock E4 Video


    E4 has acquired Ryan Murphy’s horror comedy Scream Queens.

  • Sky Living heads for Blindspot Video


    Sky Living has picked up US mystery thriller Blindspot after striking a deal with Hollywood studio Warner Bros.

  • Starline boards Holocaust doc


    UK film and TV distributor Starline Entertainment has acquired the rights to Marco Niemeijer’s Holocaust-themed feature documentary Little Angels.

  • Jana Bennett promoted to run History


    Former BBC chief Jana Bennett has been promoted to run US cable network History following the departure of Dirk Hoogstra.

  • Solid start for Saturday Night Takeaway US Video


    The US version of Saturday Night Takeaway has become NBC’s biggest non-scripted launch since gameshow Take It All three years ago.

  • BBC to take on Netflix in the US


    Tony Hall has branded BBC Worldwide indivisible from the corporation as he announced plans for a US rival to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

  • MBI partners with UKTI


    Broadcast and sister publication Screen International has partnered with UK Trade & Investment ( to launch an online portal designed to help producers build and grow their businesses abroad.

  • TIFF targets British TV series


    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is looking to expand its television strand with British series next year as the small screen becomes a bigger draw for film talent.

  • C4 orders wedding format from US indie


    US indie Half Yard Productions is setting up in the UK to make a series for Channel 4 loosely based on its hit TLC format Say Yes To The Dress.

  • Weinstein Company acquires Icelandic drama


    Icelandic drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the US after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.

  • Kill Your Friends producer launches indie with major backers


    Gregor Cameron, a former producer on The Word, has launched a TV and film production company and is developing a spin-off of dark music business comedy Kill Your Friends for the small screen.

  • Discovery targets 1m OTT subs


    Discovery Networks International (DNI) has targeted signing up 1m subscribers to its video-on-demand services D Play and Eurosport Player over the next two years.

  • BBCW buys into Red Planet's factual arm


    BBC Worldwide has acquired a minority stake in Red Planet Pictures’ fledgling factual division.

  • Nevision eyes Euro dramas


    Drama financier Nevision is to ramp up its development of European drama after acquiring French distributor About Premium Content (APC).

  • Fremantle Media strikes Danish deal


    Fremantle Media has continued to build its European business after striking a partnership deal with newly-formed Danish indie Skylark.

  • Fremantle Media buys French indie


    Fremantle Media has acquired a majority stake in fledgling French drama indie Fontaram.

  • UKTV snaps up Disney dramas


    UKTV has acquired a raft of high-profile Disney dramas including a Criminal Minds spin-off.

  • Worldwide must return £1.2bn to BBC


    BBC Worldwide is expected to increase its returns to the BBC by “more than 15%” over the next five years following the launch of BBC Studios and an expanded digital remit.

  • Nat Geo owner to launch UK free-to-air channel


    Fox International Channels (FIC) is on the brink of launching a free-to-air channel with a raft of National Geographic factual content, as the battle for the free-to-air market heats up.

  • US networks reveal priorities


    The major US networks were out in force at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, talking up plans to partner with British talent and achieve a common goal of boosting onscreen diversity.

  • Amazon ramps up non-scripted plans


    Amazon has kicked off a hunt for a range of reality formats as the battle between SVoD platforms moves into non-scripted.

  • Creative England / eOne JV hires drama chief


    Former Holby City producer Polly Williams is to lead drama development for distributor Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England’s new joint venture.

  • BBCW commissions YouTube duo


    BBC Worldwide has partnered with YouTube talent Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg to produce a feature-length programme overseen by the team behind the Top Gear specials.

  • Vice News condemns arrest of filmmakers in Turkey


    Vice News has condemned the Turkish government after two of its reporters were charged with terrorist offences.

  • Fremantle to distribute Kudos' Capital


    Fremantle Media International has picked up the global rights to Kudos-produced BBC1 drama Capital.

  • BBC2 heads to Leningrad & Versailles


    BBC2 has acquired Versailles, the English-language Canal+ drama written by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, and ordered a music series from Reef Television.

  • Discovery hunts car and crime shows


    Discovery has kicked off a hunt for cars and crime shows as it bids to cement a move back into its traditional factual heartland.

  • FX remains optimistic over Sky co-pro deal


    US cable network FX chief executive John Landgraf remains “optimistic” that it will co-produce comedy series with Sky, 18 months after it struck an agreement with the pay-TV broadcaster.

  • ABC: no plans to invest in UK indies


    Disney-owned broadcaster ABC is “aggressively” hunting UK talent and writers but is not looking to acquire British production companies.

  • BBC Earth reveals debut slate


    BBC Earth has partnered with ITV and Channel 5 on its inaugural slate of global factual entertainment commissions, including a 10-part Jackass-style fishing series.

  • AMC signs drama deals ahead of UK launch


    AMC has expanded its drama and film schedule ahead of its UK launch later this week.

  • The Krypton Factor set for US reboot


    US cable network Syfy is developing an American version of The Krypton Factor.

  • Left Bank strikes landmark China deal


    Mad Dogs indie Left Bank Pictures has struck a landmark co-production deal with China International Television Corporation.

  • In brief: Ninja Warrior; Amazon; Anna Priest


    ITV has renewed Ninja Warrior, Amazon has taken SVoD rights to Fear The Walking Dead and A+E Networks has promoted brand exec Anna Priest.

  • Lord Grade-chaired indie targets China


    Infinity Creative Media, the indie set up by James Grant co-founder Russ Lindsay and chaired by Lord Michael Grade, is targeting the Chinese TV market after Chinese-focused investment firm Gate Ventures acquired a 20% stake in the business.

  • Kids indie Brown Bag acquired by Canadian firm


    Canadian indie 9 Story has acquired UK animation studio Brown Bag Films.

  • Partners in Crime heads to Japan


    Agatha Christie spy series Partners In Crime is headed to Japan after All3Media International struck a deal with public broadcaster NHK.

  • RTÉ1 orders 50 new shows


    Irish public broadcaster RTÉ1 has unveiled over 50 new shows as part of its autumn slate including a raft of UK co-productions and commissions for British indies.

  • Discovery's Rich Ross promoted


    Rich Ross, president of the US Discovery Channel, will oversee Animal Planet and the Science Channel as part of a widening of his responsibilities.

  • Toronto Film Festival launches TV event


    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has launched a television spin-off event with the world premiere of the second series of Les Revenants (The Returned).

  • Comedy Central strikes US deals


    Comedy Central has acquired NBC slacker comedy Undateable and animated series Bob’s Burgers.

  • China's Alibaba eyes international deals


    Chinese media company Alibaba Group has made a number of senior appointments and wants to strike mergers and acquisitions to grow its international TV and film business.

  • Fremantle sets sights on non-scripted


    Fremantle Media International (FMI) is aggressively targeting the international rights to non-scripted shows after beefing up its acquisitions budget.

  • Humans creator lifts lid on slate


    The Scandinavian indie behind the series that Kudos remade as Channel 4’s ratings smash Humans is lining up its first English- language project.

  • The CW to remake C4's Dates


    Bryan Elsey’s Channel 4 drama Dates is to be remade in the US by The CW.

  • Ovation buys Sky's Portrait Artist of the Year


    US cable network Ovation has acquired Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year after striking a deal with Zodiak Rights.

  • Friends to remain on Comedy Central


    Friends is to remain on Comedy Central for the next four years after the broadcaster renewed its agreement with Warner Bros International Television Distribution.

  • All3Media America hires chief exec


    All3Media has hired top agent Greg Lipstone as chief executive of its US division.

  • NBC renews Premier League deal


    US network NBC has scored the rights to air Premier League football in the US for the next six years.

  • E4 acquires TV reboot of Rush Hour Video


    E4 has acquired the TV reboot of buddy cop drama Rush Hour and Containment, the US remake of Belgian plague thriller Cordon.

  • Betty launches US arm


    The Undateables producer Betty has launched a US production arm headed up by Discovery exec Jon Sechrist as it attempts to crack America.

  • Polish film festival opens TV strand


    Camerimage, the world’s biggest festival dedicated to cinematography, is to launch a TV strand for pilots and first episodes.

  • Discovery appoints international content boss


    Discovery veteran Marjorie Kaplan is to become president of content for Discovery Networks International (DNI), overseeing the US giant’s international commissioning hub and working closely with its UK indies including All3Media.

  • ITVS ties with Weinstein Company for USSR drama


    ITV Studios and The Weinstein Company have boarded Archery Pictures’ big-budget drama set in the USSR.

  • HBO and Showtime eye global OTT launches


    US broadcasters HBO and Showtime are to begin rolling out OTT services internationally.

  • US networks reveal plans at Critics tour


    The Television Critics Association (TCA) summer tour being held this week in Los Angeles is the US equivalent of the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

  • Discovery hit by net income fall


    Discovery Communications struggled with a foreign currency crunch, a content write-off and costs relating to its recent acquisition of Eurosport as net income dropped 25% in the last quarter.

  • Turner poaches MTV exec


    Turner has poached MTV exec Vanessa Brookman to oversee content across its general entertainment and kids channels in the UK.

  • AMC acquires ITV Studios' Rectify


    ITV Studios-distributed drama Rectify has joined the launch line-up of AMC in the UK.

  • Undercover Boss exec sets up indie with All3


    Chris Carlson, executive producer of the US version of Undercover Boss, has launched an indie in partnership with All3Media America.

  • BBCW strikes first VoD deal in India


    Luther and Citizen Khan are to launch in India after BBC Worldwide struck its first video-on-demand deal in the country.

  • Humans to return to Channel 4


    Channel 4 has ordered a second series of sci-fi drama Humans - ahead of the finale of the opening run this Sunday.

  • Italy opens up to UK formats


    Bigger commissioning appetites among Italian pay-TV broadcasters, including Sky and Discovery, are offering an increased opportunity for UK formats in the country, particularly shiny-floor shows and factual entertainment formats.

  • Sky eyes Euro expansion for Now TV


    Sky is preparing to roll-out Now TV across Europe, aggressively taking on Netflix in the online video space.

  • Zodiak & Banijay: who owns what


    The merger between Banijay Group and Zodiak Media will bring together over 45 international production businesses. Click to see who owns what and where.

  • Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner launch Bad Wolf in Wales


    BBC Worldwide’s US production chiefs Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner will launch their drama indie Bad Wolf next month with backing from the Welsh government.

  • Lee Bartlett to leave Discovery


    Discovery’s Lee Bartlett is to leave the company five years after joining from ITV.

  • Sky Italia orders Top Gear remake


    BBC Worldwide has struck its first international format deal for Top Gear since the fracas surrounding Jeremy Clarkson – signing an agreement with Italian pay-TV broadcaster Sky Italia.

  • ITV Studios America hires scripted boss


    ITV Studios America has hired former Endemol Studios chief executive Philippe Maigret as it continues to boost its scripted arm.

  • ITV renews The Americans for Encore


    ITV has picked up series three and four of The Americans for Encore seven months after it decided against renewing the show for its main channel.

  • Bravo pilots Lime family business format


    Lime Pictures has won a pilot order from US network Bravo for a format in which family businesses will be run by the reluctant offspring of their founders.

  • Kidscreen 2016 opens for business


    Registrations have opened for the Kidscreen Summit 2016, which will return to Miami with a four day programme.

  • BBCW looks to digital future


    BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie is determined not to suffer the same fate as the music industry by ensuring his distribution business remains profitable as it makes the transition to digital.

  • Worldwide pledges to return £1bn to BBC


    BBC Worldwide plans to return around £1bn to the corporation cumulatively over the next five years, despite a dip in profits following the sale of 49.9% of the business to AMC Networks.

  • ITV US president steps down


    ITV Studios America president Orly Adelson has stepped down, prompting a restructure at the US business.

  • Watch picks up Secrets and Lies


    Watch has acquired Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis-fronted US drama Secrets and Lies.