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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.

  • C5 acquires Tutankhamun drama


    Channel 5 has made its most significant acquisition from sister broadcaster Spike since it was bought by parent company Viacom.

  • BBC America axes factual


    BBC America is pulling out of original unscripted commissioning – a move that could be a major blow for the North American aspirations of British indies.

  • Pact: international commissions flattening out


    The international commissioning boom, in which British producers have stormed the US over the past few years, appears to be flattening out, according to Pact’s Independent Production Sector Financial Census.

  • The Island with Bear Grylls set for German remake


    German broadcaster ProSieben is to launch a local version of The Island with Bear Grylls but the well-travelled adventurer is not expected to appear.

  • Pioneer opens Korean joint venture


    Pioneer Productions has launched a joint venture in South Korea with local indie Paan Media.

  • The Late Late Show with James Corden set for Asia


    The Late Late Show with James Corden is to air across Asia after CBS Studios International struck a deal with pan-regional broadcaster RTL CBS Entertainment HD.

  • CBBC scales back original commissions


    CBBC is to cut back on original commissions and supersize its key brands – as it reveals it is hunting for new presenters and a studio sitcom.

  • Liberty Global buys Ireland's TV3


    All3Media co-owner Liberty Global has acquired Irish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 for €80m (£57m) from private equity company Doughty Hanson.

  • Pact slams BBCW drama boost


    BBC Worldwide could “disproportionately” benefit from the corporation’s plans to increase BBC1 drama investment by £30m, according to Pact.

  • Sky 1 acquires US animal drama Zoo


    Sky 1 has acquired Zoo, the US drama based on the James Patterson novel.

  • Tax credits fuel cartoon boom


    More than a quarter of the animated projects launching at this year’s Cartoon Forum are produced by UK and Irish indies, as the introduction of animation tax credits fuels a British cartoon boom.

  • Talpa strikes Chinese VoD deal


    ITV-owned producer Talpa Media has been commissioned to produce a reality format for Chinese digital service Tencent.

  • eOne & Creative England to invest in regional drama


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) and funding body Creative England have agreed a partnership to develop and finance a drama slate from regional producers.

  • Keshet plans UK drama push


    The UK division of Israeli media group Keshet is looking to take its drama strategy to the next level with a series of senior hires as it seeks to establish production units in Europe.

  • Endemol Shine hires head of acquisitions


    Endemol Shine International has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Simon Cox as its head of acquisitions.

  • Dave buys The Last Man on Earth


    Dave has acquired Will Forte-fronted apocalyptic sitcom The Last Man on Earth as UKTV continues to grow its US comedy output. 

  • Zodiak and Banijay in merger talks


    Wife Swap producer Zodiak Media and international production firm Banijay Group are in advanced merger talks, Broadcast can reveal.

  • China's CCTV issues UK co-pro brief


    Chinese broadcaster CCTV is keen to strike partnerships with UK indies to co-develop and co-produce city-themed factual programming.

  • Nick Jr acquires Teletubbies for US


    US kids broadcaster Nickelodeon has acquired the remake of the Teletubbies after it struck a deal with distributor DHX Media.

  • China’s JSBC eyes UK indies


    Chinese media group Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC) is eyeing the acquisition of a UK production group.

  • Stephen Lambert: non-scripted struggles on US networks


    Stephen Lambert has outlined the challenges of launching non-scripted formats on network television in the US.

  • C4 launches foreign language VoD service


    Channel 4 has teamed up with three well-known UK execs to launch a service offering foreign language drama via VoD All4 and a slot on More 4.

  • Agent Carter deal marks change in Fox strategy


    UK pay-TV broadcaster Fox is to broaden its acquisition strategy following its purchase of Marvel’s Agent Carter this week.

  • ITV indie developing Elvis musical drama


    ITV-owned US producer Thinkfactory Media is developing a drama based on a Broadway play which documents the early career of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

  • FYI hunts 'alternative' ideas from UK


    Jana Bennett, president of US channel FYI has revealed the channel is hunting for shows focused on “alternative lifestyles” and unveiled a host of series from UK producers.

  • Fox acquires Marvel's Agent Carter


    UK pay-TV broadcaster Fox has acquired period superhero drama Marvel’s Agent Carter.

  • Friends creator adapts Doc Martin for the US


    Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman is remaking long-running British drama Doc Martin in the US.

  • ProSiebenSat.1 eyes drama co-pros


    German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to develop long-running drama procedurals with UK producers and writers as part of its international co-productions drive.

  • Sky Atlantic ties with NBC on plague drama


    Sky Atlantic has partnered with US network NBC and Fortitude producer Fifty Fathoms on a big-budget plague drama from the writer of The Imitation Game and the director of World War Z.

  • Sky to take arts to next level


    Sky wants producers from the UK, Italy and Germany to bring it big budget ambitious arts projects for its new production hub in Milan.

  • Sky Europe to centralise US acquisitions


    Sky is to centralise the acquisition of big-budget US drama and comedy across its three main territories for the first time.

  • FX heads to Wales for Bastard Executioner series


    US drama The Bastard Executioner, which was created by Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter, is to start filming in Wales this summer after being picked up by cable network FX.

  • BBC reaches weekly global audience of 308m


    The BBC has estimated it reaches 308m weekly viewers internationally, after combining the reach of its news and entertainment audiences for the first time.

  • School of Hard Sums heads Down Under


    Fuji Creative Corporation has sold Dara O Briain’s School of Hard Sums to SBS2 in Australia.

  • RTE drama to explore Easter Uprising


    RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan has ordered a drama series about the 1916 Easter Uprising from Zodiak Media-owned indie Touchpaper Television.

  • LA Screenings: James Patterson eyes TV adaptations


    James Patterson is priming his crime thriller The Postcard Killers for development as a Scandinavian TV show as the author aims to secure more adaptations.

  • LA Screenings: the hottest shows


    Rain fell in a dull and dreary Los Angeles in May for the first time in many years, but the 2015 LA Screenings began brightly, with British buyers buzzing over a batch of new shows.

  • LA Screenings: UK broadcasters eye James Corden talkshow


    A number of British broadcasters are lining up to acquire The Late Late Show with James Corden but the show is unlikely to air in the UK before the end of the year.

  • Zodiak secures Versailles sales


    Versailles, the English-language Canal+ drama written by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, has been pre-sold in Germany and Spain by Zodiak Rights.

  • LA Screenings: C5 to bulk up 5USA & 5*


    Channel 5 wants to supercharge digital channels 5USA and 5* with a raft of US drama acquisitions. 

  • LA Screenings: Sky and HBO reveal first co-pro project


    Jude Law is to front an eight-hour miniseries about a fictional, American-born pope for Sky Atlantic and HBO. 

  • LA Screenings: Showtime eyes international future


    Showtime, the premium cable network responsible for Homeland, is looking to strike wide-ranging international output deals similar to HBO’s deal with Sky Atlantic. 

  • All3M International lands four Sexy Beasts format deals


    Lion TV’s quirky BBC3 dating show Sexy Beasts will be remade in China and three other territories after All3Media International sealed a raft of format deals.

  • Top Gear set for first post-Clarkson format deal


    Top Gear is set to be remade in Italy after BBC Worldwide struck the show’s first international format deal since the fracas surrounding Jeremy Clarkson.

  • LA Screenings: the data Video


    Broadcast breaks down the figures for the latest US series set to be picked up around the world

  • LA Screenings: The complete guide Video


    Broadcast has compiled a network-by-network guide to the dramas and comedies picked up ahead of the LA Screenings.

  • Pact hires David Lyle as US chief


    Pact has hired former Fox executive David Lyle as the first president of its US division.

  • BBCW strikes The Office US script deal


    The Office is set for a renewed global formats push after BBC Worldwide secured access to nearly 200 scripts from the US version of the hit British comedy.

  • Fox cancels American Idol


    US network Fox has cancelled long-running singing contest American Idol.

  • DLA Piper launches M&A arm


    Law firm DLA Piper has hired Hollywood financier Anthony Mosawi as it attempts to play a part in the spate of indie consolidation.

  • Superheroes and medical dramas lead US line-up


    Superhero series, medical dramas and movie adaptations are to fill the schedules of the US networks over the next 12 months as the broadcasters unveil their annual programming slates.

  • Sky, E4 and UKTV hit by US cancellations


    Sky, Channel 4 and UKTV have had a number of their acquired dramas and comedies cancelled as US networks make room for new series.

  • Twofour developing Educating America


    Twofour’s Educating… is heading to the US after cable broadcaster Esquire Network began developing a local version of the docu-series.

  • BBC Brit car series to air in UK


    BBC Brit’s first original commission, car format Mud, Sweat And Gears, is to air in the UK after BBC Worldwide closed a deal with pay-TV broadcaster History.

  • DNI takes a step into drama


    Discovery Networks International (DNI) is moving into drama for the first time and is hoping it can rival the BBC and Netflix with its latest natural history push.

  • European Commission unveils digital content shake-up


    The European Commission (EC) has unveiled plans to create a Digital Single Market in a move that could have a significant impact on the way that TV series are sold across Europe and how online giants like Netflix and Amazon operate on the continent.

  • Killing creator's indie wins first order


    SAM Productions, the producer set up by The Killing creator Søren Sveistrup and Borgen creator Adam Price, has won its first commission.

  • All3Media America scores US drama pilot


    All3Media America’s march into drama has taken a step forward after scoring a pilot for US cable network E!, written by Mad Men’s Jonathan Abrahams and produced by Objective Productions USA.

  • A+E Networks boards War and Peace


    US cable group A+E Networks has boarded BBC2’s epic adaptation of War and Peace as part of a landmark deal.

  • BBC acquires Danish drama Follow The Money


    BBC4 has picked up Danish drama Follow The Money - a white collar crime thriller from the team behind The Killing and Borgen.

  • BBC4 acquires Icelandic thriller


    BBC4 has expanded its international drama slate with a 10-part Icelandic series, produced by Baltasar Kormakur, the director of Denzel Washington film 2 Guns.

  • Revealed: top US acquisitions


    Superheroes, supernatural surgeons and sleuthing spin-offs are some of the characteristics helping to make acquired US network shows successful on British TV.

  • Done + Dusted wins £33m of business in US


    Done + Dusted, the UK indie that produced the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, is expanding its US business, with $50m (£33m) worth of deals signed over the past six months, including a major series for Yahoo with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

  • US execs lead Edinburgh TV Festival line-up


    US execs will be out in force in Edinburgh this year, with senior figures from HBO, Showtime, FX and Discovery flying the flag for cable and Amazon Studios representing the new breed of online commissioners.

  • Former Culture Show editor wins 75-part Bloomberg arts series


    An indie founded by former Culture Show editor Eddie Morgan has secured a three-year deal with Bloomberg TV to make a 75-part art series.

  • World Media Rights wins American Heroes series


    Discovery-owned US network American Heroes Channel has ordered a three-part World War II series from UK indie World Media Rights.

  • Leftfield hires Optomen exec


    Leftfield Entertainment has established a production company which will produce “smart and authentic” digital programming.

  • Vivendi targets acquisitions


    Happy Valley indie Red Production Company is set to become part of an enlarged global content group after its parent company Vivendi prepares to join the acquisitions trail.

  • Znak & Jones strikes Danish deal


    Znak & Jones, the indie co-founded by former Syco Television USA chief Simon Jones, has struck a deal with a judge on the Danish version of The X Factor to produce non-scripted formats in Denmark.

  • Sharon Horgan indie wins HBO series


    HBO has commissioned a full series of Sharon Horgan-penned sitcom Divorce after a successful pilot in December last year.

  • Meet the international stars


    Broadcast reveals its second group of up-and-coming execs making their mark in global TV

  • Formats get physical at MipTV


    Survival formats and physical gameshows flexed their muscles at MipTV this week, with broadcasters increasingly prepared to look beyond the safety of talent formats and studio shows.

  • More 4 captures Nordic WW2 drama


    More 4 has acquired a Nordic drama about the sabotage of a Nazi atomic bomb factory during World War II.

  • Jeremy Darroch hints at Sky's European future


    MipTV: Jeremy Darroch praised the technology of Sky Deutschland and the content of Sky Italia as he hinted at how resources will be shared across the newly enlarged Sky business.

  • NBCU agrees RTL & TF1 production deal


    MipTV: London-based NBC Universal International Television Production is to produce a clutch of US-style procedural dramas for German broadcaster RTL and French network TF1.

  • BBCW and Fremantle strike deals with Chinese media giant


    MipTV: BBC Worldwide and Fremantle Media have both signed major production deals with Chinese media giant Shanghai Media Group (SMG).

  • MipTV briefs: Gogglebox; Bake Off; Zodiak and Prince Harry


    Gogglebox finds a new home in China, The Great British Bake Off heads to South Africa and Zodiak Rights agrees a first look deal with New Zealand’s 2B Media.

  • ITVS strikes first-look deal with Australian indie


    ITV Studios has struck a deal with Australian indie Hoodlum to boost its scripted output in the US.

  • UK indies score with Smithsonian


    A slew of UK indies have won high-profile commissions from US cable network Smithsonian as part of a slate of programming that includes co-productions with the BBC, Channel 5 and UKTV.

  • Bob The Builder leaps to YouTube


    Bob The Builder is set for a move onto YouTube after Hit Entertainment kicked off production on a raft of shorts for the VoD platform, along with a second series of the CGI reboot.

  • DLT to remake Finnish drama Nurses


    DLT Entertainment is developing a UK version of Scandinavian drama Nurses.

  • ITV 'in talks to acquire The Weinstein Company's TV arm'


    ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to £630m, according to reports in the US.

  • Miramax steps up TV plans


    Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting distributor Miramax is ramping up its plans to move further into TV production following the success of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn.

  • UK indies win big at Discovery Upfronts


    Raw Television, Arrow Media and World Media Rights have all scored major US commissions from Discovery as part of its annual line-up of programming.

  • TVF strikes 4K doc deals


    Japanese broadcaster NTT Plala has acquired a raft of 4K documentaries from UK distributor TVF International.

  • Blink lands Korean doc deal


    Blink Films has struck a landmark partnership with Korean broadcaster EBS after working closely with Argonon-backed business enabler The Bridge.

  • BBCW strikes new Bake Off deal in Oz


    The Great British Bake Off has switched broadcasters in Australia after pay-TV network Lifestyle Food took over the format rights from terrestrial channel Nine Network.

  • Top Gear Live gets greenlight


    BBC Worldwide has given the greenlight for Top Gear Live to continue following Jeremy Clarkson’s “fracas” - with the caveat that all BBC branding will be removed from the event.