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  • A+E plans UK first-look push

    5-May-2016

    A+E Networks is planning a major push on first-look deals with UK producers as it aims to establish its international distribution business globally.

  • Buccaneer’s global ambition

    5-May-2016

    Marcella indie sets sights on creating English-language projects with world’s best writers

  • Blink gears up for US push with high-end factual

    5-May-2016

    Blink Films will push into bluechip factual after setting up shop in the US and hiring Brad Kohlenstein, senior vice-president of development at Discovery’s Science Channel.

  • Pulse Films strikes A+E Networks deal

    4-May-2016

    Pulse Films and its East Entertainment label have struck an international distribution deal with A+E Networks.

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects

    3-May-2016

    Windfall Films’ documentary about Victoria Deryshire’s battle with cancer will be among the films pitching to secure funding at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

  • Amazon UK acquires Hulu comedy

    29-Apr-2016

    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.

  • 60 Days In set for UK remake Video

    28-Apr-2016

    Hit US prison experiment 60 Days In is set for a British remake after Pulse Films optioned the format rights.

  • Netflix boards BBC's Watership Down

    28-Apr-2016

    Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.

  • MTV US commissions clutch of Brits

    22-Apr-2016

    Barcroft Media and Done + Dusted have picked up major MTV US commissions, while the broadcaster is remaking ITV2’s The Almost Impossible Gameshow.

  • Revealed: UK’s top US shows Video

    21-Apr-2016

    Superheroes and supernatural sleuths continue to be popular subjects for US network dramas acquired by British broadcasters.

  • Bea Hegedus opens London consultancy

    20-Apr-2016

    Former Fox TV Studios exec Bea Hegedus has launched a London-based consultancy to broker international format deals and offer programme support for fledgling OTT services.

  • ABC signs landmark deal with Lumsden

    20-Apr-2016

    Former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has set up an indie and closed a landmark first-look deal with Hollywood studio ABC Studios.

  • BBC's Money for Nothing heads to US

    19-Apr-2016

    Scottish indie Friel Kean Films is developing its BBC daytime format Money For Nothing for America.

  • Netflix to boost in-house production arm

    19-Apr-2016

    Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.

  • Sky and Sony strike European movie deal

    18-Apr-2016

    Sky has struck a European movie deal with Sony Pictures Television – its first pan-regional agreement since the creation of Sky Europe.

  • BBC facing 'cash raid' from DCMS

    18-Apr-2016

    The BBC faces an anxious wait for the white paper on charter renewal amid conflicting reports over the weekend about government plans to raid the corporation’s finances.

  • BBCW buys stake in Jonathan Strange indie

    14-Apr-2016

    BBC Worldwide has bought a stake in the parent company of talent agency Curtis Brown and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell producer Cuba Pictures.

  • eOne denies ITV takeover bid

    14-Apr-2016

    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has poured cold water on claims that it is an ITV takeover target.

  • Vivendi battles Sky in Europe

    14-Apr-2016

    French media conglomerate Vivendi will go head to head with Sky in the battle for sub scribers across Europe after acquiring a major stake in Italian group Mediaset.

  • ITVSGE strikes first-look deal with WMR

    11-Apr-2016

    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has struck a first-look deal with Animal Black Ops indie World Media Rights.

  • Alison Sharman to return to the UK

    11-Apr-2016

    Former ITV exec Alison Sharman is returning to the UK after three years at Australian public broadcaster SBS.

  • Mip TV 2016: Broadcast party

    8-Apr-2016

    Broadcast helped Mip TV get underway with an opening party in partnership with Audio Network, Pact and TRX. Click for the best photos.

  • Mip TV: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals

    7-Apr-2016

    Netflix enters Versailles; BBC1 drama Capitol inks deals; Roots world premiere; Walter Presents buys Spanish drama for UK; Hulu reads The Book Of Negroes; Olivier Megaton doc gets sales deal.

  • OTT players take Mip by storm

    7-Apr-2016

    Online video services including Netflix and Amazon ramped up the amount of content they acquire at Mip TV with a number of high-profile deals.

  • Mike Darnell lifts lid on Little Big Shots

    7-Apr-2016

    US television chief Mike Darnell has lifted the lid on Little Big Shots, the hit Warner Bros format that has been acquired by ITV, and argued that producers are finally beginning to harness the power of viral internet talent.

  • Content sells World's Secret Agent to US

    5-Apr-2016

    US subscription VoD service Acorn TV has picked up the rights to World Productions’ forthcoming BBC1 drama The Secret Agent.

  • eOne exec joins Lionsgate

    5-Apr-2016

    eOne senior vice president Charlotte Thorp has joined Lionsgate UK as senior vice president and head of European television sales.

  • FMI taps into Asian SVoD revolution

    5-Apr-2016

    Fremantle Media International (FMI) has claimed viewing habits in Asia have “completely changed” after sealing SVoD deals for more than 1,000 hours across the continent.

  • Mip TV: the major deals

    5-Apr-2016

    All the latest deals done on the Croisette from Mip TV 2016

  • All3 sells Irish series to Amazon & BBC

    4-Apr-2016

    The BBC and Amazon have acquired Irish soap Red Rock after striking a deal with All3Media International.

  • StudioCanal invests in Atlantis indie

    4-Apr-2016

    StudioCanal has invested in Urban Myth Films, the producer responsible for BBC1 drama Atlantis, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s production firm Sunny March TV.

  • ESG opens Tel Aviv scripted studio

    4-Apr-2016

    Endemol Shine Group has jumped on the boom in Israeli drama to open a scripted studio in Tel Aviv.

  • World Media Rights lands Reelz film format

    4-Apr-2016

    US cable network Reelz has ordered a six-part series about the real stories that inspired major Hollywood movies from World Media Rights.

  • Storage Hunters star fronts Discovery format

    4-Apr-2016

    Storage Hunters star Jesse McClure is to front a Zig Zag-produced antiques series for Discovery’s free-to-air channel.

  • Discovery’s Dee Forbes to lead RTÉ

    4-Apr-2016

    Discovery’s European boss Dee Forbes has been appointed as director general of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.

  • Netflix picks up ITV’s Marcella Video

    4-Apr-2016

    Netflix has acquired the global rights to ITV crime drama Marcella.

  • UKTV and PBS team for treasure series

    1-Apr-2016

    UKTV and US public broadcaster PBS have teamed up with Carl Hall’s indie Warehouse 51 to dig for treasure.

  • US indie Megalomedia hires UK development boss

    1-Apr-2016

    US production company Megalomedia has hired the series producer of Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic as its head of development as it looks to grow its UK ouput.

  • Creators to supersize Lip Sync Battle

    31-Mar-2016

    The creators of Lip Sync Battle plan to add new elements to the celebrity karaoke format and introduce a kids’ version in a bid to create a long-running brand like Saturday Night Live or Top Of The Pops.

  • Drama indies out to conquer US

    31-Mar-2016

    UK drama producers are looking to tighten their grip on scripted opportunities in the US following an explosion in demand for the genre from cable operators and digital giants.

  • Marjorie Kaplan sets out DNI vision

    31-Mar-2016

    Discovery Networks International (DNI) is looking to supersize its local commissions into global formats and is hunting for ideas that have the sensibility of independent feature docs.

  • ITV reveals US masterplan

    31-Mar-2016

    UK formats spearhead entertainment and comedy push as ITV America seeks next Hell’s Kitchen

  • Shine's Hunted reaches China

    30-Mar-2016

    Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is to be remade in China after Endemol Shine struck a deal with local broadcaster Shenzhen Satellite Television.

  • BBC Worldwide backs South Africa's Bake Off producer Video

    29-Mar-2016

    BBC Worldwide has made further advances into Africa after investing in Rapid Blue, the Johannesburg-headquartered producer responsible for formats including Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

  • RDF scoops Nat Geo People's first commission

    29-Mar-2016

    RDF Television has scored a ten-part commission for fledgling international network Nat Geo People.

  • Mip TV beefs up security in wake of attacks

    29-Mar-2016

    Mip TV organiser Reed Midem is promising maximum security for the TV and digital content market, unfolding April 4-7 in Cannes, as Europe remains on high alert following terror attacks in Brussels this week

  • TLC orders UK version of Say Yes To The Dress

    24-Mar-2016

    US indie Half Yard Productions is to remake its hit series Say Yes To The Dress for TLC in the UK just months after producing a similar show for Channel 4.

  • Federation seeks UK co-pros

    23-Mar-2016

    French super-indie Federation Entertainment is aiming to ramp up its UK co-productions and is in talks with indies including Doctor Foster producer Drama Republic.

  • Wall to Wall preps UK version of smash US talent show Video

    22-Mar-2016

    Wall to Wall has begun pitching a UK version of NBC’s kids talent format Little Big Shots after it became the biggest non-scripted show in the US in over four years.

  • David Ellender leaves Slingshot Global Media

    21-Mar-2016

    David Ellender has left Slingshot Global Media, the international drama firm that he established in 2014, according to reports.

  • ITV America hires non-scripted chief

    17-Mar-2016

    ITV America has appointed former Turner and Mark Burnett executive David Eilenberg to run ITV Entertainment.

  • Vice expands across Eastern Europe

    17-Mar-2016

    Vice is expanding across Eastern Europe with the launch of country-specific online services and production hubs in seven territories.

  • Plimsoll eyes global formats

    17-Mar-2016

    Plimsoll Productions is to make a major international formats push after acquiring a stake in former DRG executive Andrea Jackson’s distribution firm Magnify Media.

  • Peter Bowker plots WW2 epic

    16-Mar-2016

    Peter Bowker is eyeing up a multi-lingual World War II drama as his next BBC project – and plans to go deeper into society’s attitudes toward autism in a second series of The A Word.

  • Wall to Wall, Icon and Blast! score Nat Geo series

    16-Mar-2016

    Wall to Wall, Icon Films and Blast! Films are among the British indies to have scored major commissions with US network Nat Geo.

  • Plimsoll invests in UK distributor

    16-Mar-2016

    The Story of Cats indie Plimsoll Productions has acquired a stake in UK distribution firm Magnify Media.

  • Sky acquires E4's Nashville

    15-Mar-2016

    Sky Living has poached country music soap Nashville, which previously aired on E4.

  • Plimsoll wins jumbo natural history order Video

    10-Mar-2016

    Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF boss Grant Mansfield, has won a major commission to produce 50 hours of wildlife and natural history content from Zambia.

  • French indie secures access to Innocence Network

    9-Mar-2016

    French indie Pernel Media is producing a four-part true crime series after securing access to human rights organisation The Innocence Network.

  • Red Production opens US indie with author Harlan Coben

    9-Mar-2016

    Happy Valley producer Red Production Company is to make its first major move into the US by launching an indie with bestselling American author Harlan Coben.

  • Scripps would consider C4 takeover

    8-Mar-2016

    UKTV’s co-owner Scripps has admitted that it would run the rule over Channel 4 if the public service broadcaster was to be put up for sale by the government.

  • British Film Commission partners with Broadcast on rebranded Location UK

    3-Mar-2016

    The British Film Commission (BFC) has partnered with Broadcast’s parent company Media Business Insight (MBI) to deliver its rebranded guide to the UK’s talent, facilities and locations available to the film and television industries.

  • Red Arrow promotes James Baker

    3-Mar-2016

    Red Arrow Entertainment Group, which owns indies including CPL Productions and Nerd, has promoted James Baker to president.

  • Canadians on hunt for UK co-pros

    3-Mar-2016

    Canadian producers are looking to ramp up the number of non-scripted co-productions they develop with British indies.

  • Sharon Horgan indie strikes Sky Vision deal

    25-Feb-2016

    Merman, the indie co-founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan, has struck a development deal with Sky Vision that will give the distributor international rights to a number of scripted projects.

  • Discovery talks tough on pay-TV

    25-Feb-2016

    Discovery has hinted that it may offer exclusive content or channels to UK pay-TV platforms, given the intense competition between the likes of Sky, Virgin Media and BT.

  • Roots to world premiere at MIPTV

    24-Feb-2016

    A+E Studios’ adaptation of Roots is to receive its world premiere at MIPTV in Cannes on April 4.

  • Banijay and Zodiak complete mega-merger

    24-Feb-2016

    Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have completed a mega-merger eight months after Broadcast revealed their plans.

  • IMG ramps up distribution plans

    22-Feb-2016

    IMG, the UK’s largest independent production company, is expanding its international distribution activities with the hire of former MGM chief Gary Marenzi.

  • Love It or List It heads across Europe

    22-Feb-2016

    Love It Or List It, the Channel 4 property series fronted by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, is to be remade around the world after Beyond Distribution struck a series of format deals.

  • Ricky Kelehar joins Optomen USA

    19-Feb-2016

    Optomen USA has bolstered its development team after recruiting former BBC America non-scripted chief Ricky Kelehar.

  • Discovery hit by currency fluctuations

    18-Feb-2016

    Discovery Communications’ international business was hit by foreign currency fluctuations over the last twelve months.

  • Paul Lee to exit US network ABC

    18-Feb-2016

    Paul Lee, the British boss of ABC, is leaving the Disney-owned broadcaster after six years.

  • Sexy Beasts shipped to Russia

    18-Feb-2016

    Lion Television’s unorthodox dating show Sexy Beasts has been snapped up by Russia’s CTC Network.

  • Berlin bolsters TV presence

    18-Feb-2016

    The Berlin Film Festival ramped up its television offering this week with a raft of feature film-makers and high-end scripted producers in town to promote drama projects.

  • Znak & Jones develops Dating Naked

    17-Feb-2016

    Sky-backed indie Znak & Jones is developing a British version of controversial social experiment Dating Naked after striking a deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus.

  • BBCW opens Nordic division

    17-Feb-2016

    BBC Worldwide plans to capitalise on Norway’s growing appetite for British programming by launching BBC Worldwide Productions Nordics.

  • Berlin: HBO ramps up European production plans

    15-Feb-2016

    HBO is to start commissioning original content from the Nordics for the first time.

  • Berlin: Sony eyes Salt remake

    15-Feb-2016

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is developing a remake of Salt, the spy film which stars Angelina Jolie.

  • Syfy launches VR cop drama

    12-Feb-2016

    NBC-owned broadcaster Syfy has ordered a virtual reality drama to air on its linear channel as well as VR platforms including Oculus Rift.

  • NBC launches reality VoD service

    12-Feb-2016

    NBC Universal is to launch a subscription VoD service dedicated to reality TV, offering access to over 3,000 episodes of shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.

  • Comedies dominate US pilots

    11-Feb-2016

    US broadcasters are hunting for the next Modern Family, with UK indie Kindle Entertainment getting in on the act as family comedies dominate the line-up of around 85 scripted pilots ordered for the 2016/17 season.

  • TLC picks up NBC medical drama

    10-Feb-2016

    TLC has acquired forthcoming US medical drama Heartbeat, fronted by Home and Away’s Melissa George.

  • Starz orders White Queen follow-up

    10-Feb-2016

    US cable network Starz has commissioned a follow-up to The White Queen from Company Pictures three years after the fantasy drama launched.

  • All3Media US bolsters scripted division

    9-Feb-2016

    All3Media has hired former Lifetime exec Nina Lederman to drive its scripted division in the US.

  • Sally Miles to exit Passion

    9-Feb-2016

    Sally Miles is to leave Passion Distribution, the international TV sales firm that she founded eight years ago, Broadcast has learned.

  • Nat Geo acquisitions boss exits

    9-Feb-2016

    National Geographic’s international acquisitions and co-production chief Maggie Rhodes has left the broadcaster.

  • The X-Files boosts C5 to five-year high

    9-Feb-2016

    MONDAY: The return of The X-Files helped Channel 5 to its biggest audience for five years - and became its most successful US import since CSI.

  • War and Peace sold to Russia

    8-Feb-2016

    BBC1 drama War and Peace is to be translated into Russian after commercial broadcaster Channel One acquired the six-part drama.

  • War and Peace producer revisits Les Misérables adaptation

    8-Feb-2016

    Lookout Point is preparing to open talks with the BBC over Andrew Davies’ follow-up to War and Peace - an adaption of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

  • October scores Discovery US order

    8-Feb-2016

    Walking The Himalayas indie October Films has picked up a six-part survival series for Discovery - its third major US commission in the last two months.

  • ITV Studios appoints international president

    5-Feb-2016

    ITV Studios Global Entertainment managing director Maria Kyriacou has been promoted to international president of ITV Studios.

  • Wildgaze developing Brooklyn TV spin-off for BBC

    4-Feb-2016

    Wildgaze Films is developing a TV spin-off to Oscar and Bafta-nominated Brooklyn, the company’s producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have confirmed to Broadcast sister-magazine Screen.

  • SVoD giants on factual hunt

    4-Feb-2016

    Netflix and Amazon are ramping up their non-scripted plans and both online giants were seeking out new projects at Realscreen this week.

  • MTV attempts second Catfish adaptation

    3-Feb-2016

    The Valleys producer True North is working with MTV on a second attempt to bring Catfish: The TV Show to British audiences.

  • Content Television appoints UK sales chief

    2-Feb-2016

    Content Television has appointed a former Koch Media director as its UK sales chief.

  • Nat Geo boss lifts lid on international strategy

    2-Feb-2016

    National Geographic Channels boss Courteney Monroe has lifted the lid on plans to eschew local commissions in favour of a global programming strategy.

  • Realscreen 2016: early round-up

    1-Feb-2016

    Early news from the Washington DC event includes a Wheeler Dealers remake and move from Barcroft Media into VR.

  • Sky and October back US indie

    29-Jan-2016

    Sky and October Films have invested in a US production company established by former History exec Julian Hobbs and ex-MTV chief Elli Hakami.

  • Sky Vision strikes first-look deal with Avanti

    28-Jan-2016

    Sky Vision has struck a first-look distribution and development deal with Welsh indie Avanti Media.

  • Pact eyes Lat Am trip for indies

    27-Jan-2016

    Pact has called for British indies to sign up for the Rio Content Market, which takes place in Brazil in March.

  • Discovery and Lionsgate swoop for duck stamp doc Video

    26-Jan-2016

    Discovery’s Animal Planet and Mad Men producer Lionsgate have partnered to pick up hotly-tipped stamp documentary Million Dollar Duck.