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Scripps hires new UK boss


Scripps Networks has appointed Discovery veteran Phillip Luff as managing director of UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Sony sends The Goldbergs to E4 Video


    Channel 4 has signed a multi-season deal with Sony Pictures Television for its US sitcom, The Goldbergs.

  • Gracepoint axed after single series


    Fox has ruled out bringing back Broadchurch remake Gracepoint for a second series after lukewarm ratings.

  • Sony's Tiny Pop heads to Freeview


    Sony Pictures Television is extending the distribution of its pre-school channel to Freeview early next year.

  • Zodiak boards Iron Man doc Video


    Zodiak Rights has boarded documentary The Greatest Ironman which follows a father’s attempts to raise awareness of Duchenne a fatal muscle-wasting disease affecting his son.

  • CPL's Decimate heads to Spain


    BBC1 daytime quiz Decimate is set to be remade in Spain after a local indie optioned the CPL format.

  • UK series nominated for Golden Globes


    Downton Abbey and The Missing are the British series leading the charge at The Golden Globe Awards.

  • Shonda Rhimes: I've not broken glass ceilings


    Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has claimed that rather than break through any race or gender glass ceilings she is following in the footsteps of other women.  

  • T Group and Znak & Jones agree partnership


    Storage Hunters producer T Group has struck a co-production partnership deal with Sky-backed indie Znak & Jones as it bids to break into the UK market.

  • Bumper year for distributors


    The UK’s top distributors have generated more than £1.1bn in revenues this year after exploiting more than half a million hours of programming in their catalogues.

  • Objective takes Reflex gameshow to China


    Objective Productions has scored its second major format deal in China after VoD service iQiyi commissioned a local version of BBC gameshow Reflex.

  • British firms strike deals ahead of Asia TV Forum


    British distributors including Sky Vision, Cineflix Rights and Fremantle Media have sold a slew of UK series to Asian broadcasters ahead of the Asia Television Forum (ATF).

  • C4 picks up US yo yo doc Video


    Channel 4 has acquired feature length yo yo documentary World on a String from nascent distributor Scorpion TV.

  • Sony's Pop TV picks up Funnymals


    Sony-owned kids channel Pop TV has picked up comedy clip show Funnymals after striking a deal with fledgling UK producer and distributor Can’t Stop Media.

  • Zodiak reviews brands under new chief exec


    Zodiak Rights is looking at how it can maximise the value of some of its biggest brands as it bids to put a year of management upheaval behind it.

  • eOne prepares M&A drive


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) is aiming to double in size over the next several years via a series of merger and acquisition deals - with a particular focus on the UK.

  • A Place To Call Home settles at BBC2


    BBC2 has picked up Australian period drama A Place To Call Home after striking a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

  • BBCW strikes Australian VoD deal


    A slew of BBC series are to launch on forthcoming Australian VoD service Stan after BBC Worldwide struck a deal with owners Nine Network and Fairfax Media.

  • Starz plots New Orleans jazz drama


    US pay-TV network Starz is working up a Playground Entertainment drama which will explore the jazz scene and the decriminalisation of prostitution in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Sony acquires Australian indie Playmaker


    Sony Pictures Television has bought Australian drama indie Playmaker Media, the production firm behind BBC4 acquisition The Code.

  • UTV Ireland wins public service status


    UTV Media’s soon-to-launch Republic of Ireland channel has been granted public service status and wrapped up a number of carriage deals.

  • ABC eyes UK for ‘risky’ series


    US network ABC is adapting a slew of UK scripted series as it searches for “risk-taking” comedy and drama formats.

  • Brits clean up at International Emmys


    Utopia, Educating Yorkshire and The Tunnel were among the winners at the International Emmy Awards.

  • Bullseye co-founder joins Euro indie


    Bullseye co-founder Dee Smith has joined European extreme sports and culture producer Factory Media.

  • Horse & Country gallops to Australia


    Equestrian sports and lifestyle channel Horse & Country TV is preparing to launch in Australia next year and plans to develop a range of local programming.

  • BBC America appoints new boss


    BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.

  • ABC hunts UK reality formats


    US network ABC has kicked off a hunt for non-scripted formats from the UK with a particular focus on variety shows and docu-soaps.

  • Lionsgate set for UK TV push


    Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.

  • FX boards Tom Hardy's Taboo


    US cable network FX has boarded BBC1’s Tom Hardy drama Taboo.

  • Fox prepares Luther remake for US


    BBC1 detective drama Luther is set to be remade in the US after Fox revealed plans to develop an adaptation produced by Idris Elba.  

  • DCD wins major US commission


    DCD Media-owned indie September Films has won a “game changing” commission from US broadcast network The CW for magic format Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

  • Netflix confirms Left Bank’s The Crown


    Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

  • Networks plot film spin-offs


    The major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

  • Steve Macallister resigns from Zodiak Rights


    Zodiak Rights chief executive Steve Macallister has resigned from the international arm of the Wife Swap producer after just ten months in the job.

  • Former Boundless exec Gemma Davies joins US indie


    Former Boundless and Twofour exec Gemma Davies has joined the development team of US indie Jane Street Entertainment.

  • The Bridge hunts indies for Asian market


    British indies are being encouraged to develop factual and factual entertainment projects for Asia after Argonon-backed business The Bridge struck a wide-ranging deal in in South Korea.

  • Runaway Fridge to remake Kaboul Kitchen


    Runaway Fridge, the TV and film producer behind Michael Fassbender’s Frank, is producing an English-language remake of French comedy series Kaboul Kitchen.

  • Labour MP lobbies Crozier over US working conditions


    A member of the shadow cabinet has urged ITV to settle its dispute with the Writers Guild of America (WGAE) over working conditions for non-scripted employees.

  • Lightbox to lift lid on US campaign trail


    Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox has picked up a commission from US cable broadcaster Esquire Network to follow an American political campaign.

  • France’s Makever eyes co-pros


    French drama production group Makever is eyeing international co-production deals with UK indies and broadcasters, and is in advanced talks on two forthcoming drama projects.

  • Netflix hires European content exec


    Netflix has hired Vuguru boss Larry Tanz to join its nascent European content acquisition team.

  • ITV US boss Paul Buccieri departs for A+E


    ITV’s US boss Paul Buccieri is leaving the company after seven years for a top job at cable network group A+E Networks.

  • A&E boards Vice and Raw's Silk Road doc


    Vice and Raw TV’s documentary about the online illicit drugs and weapons market for BBC4 has been picked up in the US by A&E IndieFilms.

  • BBC Brit and BBC Earth to debut in Poland


    BBC Worldwide’s newest channel brands, BBC Brit and BBC Earth, are to make their debut in Poland next year.

  • PBS heads behind the scenes at Downton Abbey


    US public broadcaster PBS has continued to expand its line-up of UK series with deals for Grantchester, Poldark, Indian Summers and a behind-the-scenes documentary about Downton Abbey.

  • WGAE calls for boycott of Saturday Night Takeaway remake


    The Writers Guild of America (WGAE) has urged its members not to work on ITV’s US remake of Saturday Night Takeaway until it has reached a deal over working conditions.

  • Sky Arts moves into foreign comedy


    Sky Arts has picked up its first foreign comedy and a new Scandinavian drama in its latest international acquisitions raid.

  • Fox cancels De Mol's Utopia


    US network Fox has pulled the plug on Utopia, the innovative social experiment format created by John De Mol.

  • Can't Stop Media picks up controversial French format


    British politicians could be sent undercover to live among their constituents after Can’t Stop Media acquired the rights to controversial French reality format Undercover Leader.

  • AMC backs BBC's John le Carre adaptation


    Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC has boarded BBC mini-series The Night Manager.

  • Australian broadcasters strike landmark Gogglebox deal


    Studio Lambert’s hit format Gogglebox has continued its global march with a landmark deal in Australia.

  • Sky Italia eyes collaborations


    Sky Italia is to increase the amount of big-budget drama it develops with its British and German counterparts, BSkyB and Sky Deutschland, following the creation of Sky Europe.

  • Tumble rolls into Romania & China


    Tumble is headed to Romania and China after BBC Worldwide struck the first international format deals for the celebrity gymnastic contest.

  • Zodiak Rights hires BBCW drama exec


    Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Chris Stewart as head of scripted acquisitions for the Wife Swap producer.

  • Rich Ross to leave Shine America


    Shine America boss Rich Ross is the latest high-profile executive to leave the company following the mega-merger between Endemol and Shine Group.

  • Russia Today to launch UK channel


    Russia Today (RT) is launching a UK news channel and has kicked off a hunt for documentaries produced by British factual indies.

  • CBS picks up four dramas


    US network CBS has handed full series to four dramas which have been acquired in the UK.

  • Big Brother heads to China


    Big Brother is headed to China after Endemol struck a deal with an online streaming service for the reality series.

  • NBC to remake Saturday Night Takeaway


    NBC has ordered a US version of Saturday Night Takeaway from ITV Studios America.

  • David Ellender strikes Oil drama deal


    Former Fremantle Media distribution chief David Ellender has struck his first UK deal, teaming up with fledgling drama financiers Nevision on a big-budget oil drama.

  • Wire In The Blood adapted by Endemol


    Classic ITV psychological crime drama Wire In The Blood is being adapted in the US by Endemol Studios for ABC.

  • Amazon grabs DC Comics' Constantine Video


    Amazon has acquired DC Comics’ Constantine adaptation in one of its most significant UK deals for first-run Hollywood content.

  • Keshet beefs up UK division


    Homeland producer Keshet has bolstered its fledgling UK division with the hire of two comedy and formats executives.

  • AMC takes 49.9% stake in BBC America


    AMC Networks, the US broadcaster behind Mad Men and Breaking Bad, has acquired a 49.9% stake in BBC America for $200m (£125m).

  • Louise Pedersen exits All3Media after a decade Video


    Louise Pedersen is leaving All3Media International to set up the UK division of Playground Entertainment, the high-end drama producer set up by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender.

  • BBC3’s Snog Marry Avoid? set for US remake


    Long-running BBC3 series Snog Marry Avoid? is to be remade in the US for Discovery-owned broadcaster TLC.

  • Jana Bennett opens door to FYI Video


    Jana Bennett has set out her strategy for US cable network FYI, revealing plans to work with UK producers as it looks for youth-skewing programming.

  • Eccentricity rules at Mipcom


    Breakout entertainment hits were thin on the ground at Mipcom this year, but there was no shortage of eccentric ideas to get producers and broadcasters talking.

  • Sky Living swoops for Madam Secretary


    Sky Living has acquired US political drama Madam Secretary after striking a deal with CBS Studios International.

  • The CW picks up The Flash and Jane The Virgin


    Channel 4 and Sky acquisitions Jane The Virgin and The Flash have been picked up for full series by The CW in the US.

  • TV3 strikes NBCU development deal


    Irish broadcaster TV3 is hoping to launch unscripted hits as successful as Made In Chelsea and The Real Housewives franchise after striking a formats deal with NBC Universal.

  • Fox UK opens Freak Show


    The stars of a Venice Beach freak show are to feature on Fox UK after the broadcaster acquired a reality series from Endemol.

  • BBCW strikes Red Planet first-look deal


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

  • BBC America boards London Spy


    US cable network BBC America has boarded Working Title Television’s BBC2 thriller London Spy.

  • US networks adapt Moone Boy and IT Crowd


    US broadcasters are remaking Sky’s Moone Boy and Channel 4’s The IT Crowd as they continue to look to the UK for shows to adapt.   

  • CBS launches SVoD service


    CBS has launched an online video service in the US which will allow subscribers to access live TV and watch series including The Good Wife, Blues Brothers and Survivor on-demand.    

  • The rising stars of global TV


    Click to meet the 10 execs selected as Broadcast’s first International Rising Stars.

  • Big-budget dramas and digital dominate Mipcom


    Big-budget drama and digital developments dominated the conversation at Mipcom this week, along with confirmation of the Shine, Endemol and Core Media mega-merger.

  • Simon Cowell reveals digital and scripted plans


    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.

  • BBCW & ZDF develop event gameshow


    Mipcom: BBC Worldwide has teamed up with German public service broadcaster ZDF to develop an event gameshow in which 1,000 contestants compete in each episode.

  • C5 nails down Bob the Builder


    Mipcom: Channel 5’s Milkshake has picked up the UK rights to the revived kids animation Bob The Builder.

  • E4 swoops for Jane The Virgin


    Channel 4 has acquired youth-skewing drama Jane The Virgin after striking a deal with CBS Studios International.

  • Broadcast's International Rising Stars revealed


    Mipcom: The 10 execs selected as Broadcast’s first International Rising Stars have been revealed.

  • Twofour’s Educating… to be remade in China


    Mipcom: Twofour has teamed up with Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV to develop a local version of its Educating… brand.

  • Talpa takes stake in German indie


    Mipcom: John de Mol’s Talpa Media has acquired a 49.9% stake in German indie Schwartzkopff TV.

  • 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.

  • Netflix signs European deal with CBS


    Mipcom: Netflix has stepped up its competition with traditional broadcasters, agreeing a first-look European deal with CBS Studios International for a host of series including Penny Dreadful.

  • UK TV exports grow 5% to £1.3bn


    Mipcom: Demand for UK television shows abroad has increased 5% over the past 12 months, fuelled by growing sales in the US and China.

  • Fox and Apollo agree Shine Group & Endemol mega merger


    The merger between Shine Group and Endemol has been agreed by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, with each company owning 50% of the new business.

  • Shine cooks up 50th MasterChef format deal


    MasterChef is heading to Colombia after Shine International closed its 50th format deal for the hit cooking fomat.

  • US digital indie lifts lid on ITV’s investment


    US digital indie Indigenous Media plans to use investment from ITV to create fresh online scripted channels and secure greater international exposure for its content.

  • Sky Vision secures Name That Tune


    Sky Vision has snagged the international rights to classic musical gameshow Name That Tune after striking a deal with rights holder Prestige Entertainment.

  • Rise in UK scripted remakes


    Orphan Black, Youngers and Line Of Duty are some of the shows being launched next week at Mipcom in Cannes as the trend for adapting UK scripted series grows.

  • Merman revives More 4 comedy


    Sharon Horgan’s indie has resurrected More 4 comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret after picking up the rights from RDF.

  • ITV prepares £13m legal battle against Mediaset


    ITV is taking legal action to recover £13m (€17m) from Mediaset after the Spanish broadcaster aired its game show format The Alphabet Game for five years without any rights.

  • Entertainment One restructures London TV sales arm


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has restructured its London-based sales division to merge its TV and film arms.

  • Showtime brings back Twin Peaks


    FBI agent Dale Cooper is set to return to a sleepy town in Washington after US pay-TV broadcaster Showtime ordered nine episodes of cult series Twin Peaks.

  • C4 acquires second French language drama


    Channel 4 has acquired its second French language drama following the success of The Returned.

  • B4Films to explore Scottish estates for PBS


    Scottish indie B4Films is to explore the country’s grandest estates for US public broadcaster PBS.

  • Arrow turns to crime with US order


    Live From Space producer Arrow Media is moving into crime documentaries for the first time with a six-part commission from North America.

  • Indies look East for formats


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

  • BBC4 drums up Dave Grohl doc Video


    Dave Grohl is to front a rock doc on BBC4 after the channel swooped for an eight-part series from the Nirvana and Foo Fighters’ star.  

  • Anzac Girls head to More 4


    More 4 has acquired Australian World War I period drama Anzac Girls after striking a deal with All3Media International.