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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.

  • Lime and Monkey win Bravo orders


    Lime Pictures and Monkey Kingdom have landed major orders from US cable network Bravo as part of the NBC Universal-owned broadcaster’s latest programming slate.

  • Sky buys stake in US producer


    Sky has acquired a majority stake in US production company Jupiter Entertainment.

  • HBO buys Nick Broomfield murder doc from Sky


    US network HBO leads the line-up of international broadcasters that have acquired Sky’s Nick Broomfield documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper.

  • Trevor Eve strikes first-look deal with ZDF


    Projector Pictures, the indie set up by Waking The Dead star Trevor Eve, has inked a first-look deal with ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster.

  • PBS explores history behind Wolf Hall


    US public broadcaster PBS has commissioned Jeremy Dear’s fledgling indie Ideas Room to take a closer look at the real-life story of Wolf Hall.

  • Nordic nations eye tax breaks


    Norway and Sweden could rival the UK as a destination for highend drama production as they look to introduce tax benefits for scripted content.

  • BBCW super brands chief to join A+E


    Amanda Hill, one of the architects of BBC Worldwide’s super-brand strategy, is leaving to join US broadcaster A+E Networks.

  • James Corden’s US debut ratings revealed Video


    The Late Late Show with James Corden got off to a good start on Monday evening, beating NBC’s rival brand Late Night with Seth Myers.

  • Great British Bake Off heads to Israel


    Israeli broadcaster Keshet is to remake The Great British Bake-Off after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide.

  • Steve Mcqueen prepares HBO race drama


    12 Years A Slave director Steve Mcqueen is partnering with Top of the Lake indie See Saw Films for a six-part race drama for US network HBO.

  • Top Gear live shows postponed


    The BBC has apologised for postponing four Top Gear Live events in Norway amid on-going uncertainty over Jeremy Clarkson’s future.

  • TV3 hires director of content


    Irish broadcaster TV3 Group has appointed Lynda McQuaid as director of content to replace the outgoing Jeff Ford.

  • BBC Earth and BBC Brit set for Nordics launch


    BBC Worldwide international pay-TV channels BBC Brit and BBC Earth are to launch across the Nordics next month as part of a phased roll-out into 12 territories.

  • BBC Earth unveils commissioning wishlist


    BBC Earth commissioning executive Kirsty Hanson has outlined her shopping list for the factual channel ahead of its launch across the Nordics.

  • Viacom opens door to US for indies


    British producers could be in line for a share of Viacom’s $3bn (£2bn) annual US content spend as the US media group seeks to increase opportunities for UK content creators.

  • Talpa targets next global hit


    Ant and Dec could be dancing with puppets if John de Mol can convince Talpa Media’s new owner ITV to remake its latest variety talent format, Popster.

  • George Osborne cuts drama tax break threshold


    UK broadcasters will become more appealing international drama co-production partners after the government lowered the minimum UK spend required for high-end TV drama to qualify for a tax break.

  • Twofour's Happy Families heads to Denmark


    TV2 Denmark is remaking Twofour’s fixed-rig documentary series Happy Families.

  • History sails off with US pirate drama


    History has acquired the UK television rights to Michael Bay’s US pirate series Black Sails.

  • Playground hires Film4 executive


    Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment has continued its push into the UK with the hire of Film4’s senior development editor.

  • ABC picks up Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef


    ABC Australia has acquired the rights to Atlantic Productions’ forthcoming BBC1 natural history series David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef.

  • Zodiak Rights to cull 10 jobs


    Zodiak Rights is set to make around 10 staff redundant in its factual, formats and UK sales divisions after conducting a strategic review.

  • Overview: ITV’s production empire


    Talpa Media pushed ITV’s production acquisitions into double figures under chief executive Adam Crozier. Broadcast runs the rule over the company’s growing empire.

  • ITV looks to Talpa for next hits


    A floral competition series and an interactive photo gameshow could be the part of the next tranche of formats that ITV Studios shops around the world after taking full control of John De Mol’s Talpa Media.

  • Broadcast TECH launches into Europe    


    Broadcast’s bi-monthly sister magazine Broadcast TECH will be distributed to facilities around Europe from next month.

  • Dance Mums picked up in the US


    US network Lifetime has acquired Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison - the first time that the US broadcaster has picked up a show from its UK sister channel.

  • All3Media America developing plane crash drama


    All3Media America is hoping to kickstart a push into US drama with a development for cable network A&E.

  • Red to exploit European links


    Red Production Company is to work more closely with writers including The Killing creator Søren Sveistrup and Borgen showrunner Adam Price after a restructure at its parent company StudioCanal.

  • ITV acquires Swedish thriller


    ITV Encore is to rival BBC4, More 4 and Sky Arts for Scandinavian drama rights after the pay-TV channel acquired Swedish thriller Jordskott.

  • TruTV acquires RuPaul’s Drag Race in biggest ever deal


    Reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race is heading to the UK after TruTV struck its biggest acquisition deal to date.

  • Top Gear controversy threatens £50m 'super-brand'


    The fracas surrounding the future of Top Gear and its host Jeremy Clarkson could significantly dent BBC Worldwide revenues after the format was estimated to be worth at least £50m per year.

  • NBC Universal business affairs chief departs


    NBC Universal International TV Production’s senior vice president of business affairs Jacqueline Moreton has left the company after just over a year.

  • US network GSN eyes Man Vs Fly Video


    US network GSN is developing a TV version of Gogglebox Entertainment’s online fly-swatting format Man Vs Fly.

  • Jane Tranter to leave BBC Worldwide


    Jane Tranter is to leave BBC Worldwide Productions and is expected to return to the UK’s independent production sector.

  • Kevin Spacey to front CNN White House doc


    Kevin Spacey is to front a documentary series about the White House for CNN, produced by Raw TV.

  • Helicopter crash kills 10 on Zodiak TF1 show


    A helicopter crash in Argentina has killed 10 people working on French reality series Dropped, which is produced by Zodiak Media’s Adventure Line Productions for TF1.

  • Don't Tell The Bride travels to China


    Don’t Tell The Bride is to be remade in China after distributor DRG sold the format to local broadcaster Shenzhen.

  • Broadcast’s International Rising Stars open for nominations


    Broadcast will celebrate talented young British execs making their mark in international TV with an awards cocktail event at Mip TV.

  • BBCW hires Twenty Twenty producer


    BBC Worldwide has appointed Twenty Twenty executive producer Kirsty Hanson as commissioning executive for its recently-launched international channel BBC Earth.

  • StudioCanal restructures TV division


    The creator of The Killing and Red Production Company are to forge closer ties following a restructure of Studio Canal’s TV business.

  • Endemol Shine merges global formats support divisions


    Endemol Shine Group has merged its international formats support operations and has appointed former Shine TV creative director Lisa Perrin to run the new entity.

  • Gomorrah lands second series


    Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.

  • Netflix acquires US remake of The Returned


    Netflix is to offer its subscribers the US version of The Returned after striking a global rights deal with Fremantle Media International for the zombie remake.

  • Fremantle revenues hit by X Factor US cancellation


    The cancellation of The X Factor US and a decline in the revenue generated from American Idol has caused Fremantle Media’s 2014 revenues to dip below £1.1bn.

  • DRG adopts regional strategy


    The Inbetweeners distributor DRG has undertaken a major corporate restructure as it seeks to compete with the major Hollywood studios and the ever-increasing number of consolidated UK production groups.

  • Ex on the Beach heads to Sweden


    Ex On The Beach is to be remade in Sweden after Viacom International Media Networks struck its first format deal for the entertainment format.

  • Really takes care of business with crime docs


    UKTV is beefing up its slate of true crime series with the acquisition of a pair of titles from Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights.

  • Endemol Shine restructures distribution arm


    Endemol Shine Group has finalised the restructure of its merged international distribution arm which has resulted in the departure of a handful of senior sales executives.

  • ITV closes in on John de Mol's Talpa


    ITV is closing in on a deal to buy John De Mol’s Dutch production group Talpa Media.

  • Nigeria & Indonesia in BBCW's sights


    BBC Worldwide is targeting around ten emerging markets including Nigeria and Indonesia as part of a renewed international growth push.

  • Nick Thorogood to leave Scripps


    Nick Thorogood is to leave Food Network owner Scripps Network after five years.

  • Digital deals soar at Showcase


    BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase has provided a glimpse into its digital future as more than 700 international buyers travelled to Liverpool to pick up key BBC titles.

  • US agents cut in on UK deals


    Small- and medium-sized factual British producers could be squeezed out of the US commissioning gold rush unless they work with talent agents.

  • The Bastard Executioner to film in Wales


    The Bastard Executioner, the latest project from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, is to be  shot in Wales from March.

  • Discovery develops 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy for US


    US broadcaster Discovery is developing a local version of Sky 1’s 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy.

  • BBC Worldwide Showcase: first deals emerge


    BBC Worldwide has struck a slew of deals at its annual programming conference including agreements for forthcoming natural history series The Hunt and a major live music event curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

  • The CW picks up C4's Dates Video


    US network The CW has acquired Channel 4’s Bryan Elsley-created drama Dates.

  • BBCW strikes animated kids deals


    BBC Worldwide has closed a raft of international sales for CBeebies animated series Nelly & Nora and Hey Duggee.

  • 21st Century Fox denies Discovery takeover


    21st Century Fox has denied reports that it is in merger talks with Discovery Communications.

  • OSF ties with Korean indie for BBC2 plant doc


    Oxford Scientific Films has partnered with Korean producer Paan Media to produce a four-part documentary series about the history of plants for BBC2.

  • Jack Osbourne partners with T Group


    British reality star and TV producer Jack Osbourne has partnered with Storage Hunters indie T Group to produce formats and docu-series for UK and US broadcasters.

  • Analysis: UK formats in France


    French broadcasters are increasingly opening their doors to British formats as series including The Undateables and Top Gear join a growing list of shows to be adapted in the country.

  • Netflix spend estimated to break £3bn


    Netflix could spend as much as £3.3bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.

  • Lifetime acquires Property Brothers


    UK pay-TV broadcaster Lifetime has acquired North American property series Property Brothers after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights.

  • The Undateables crosses the Channel Video


    The Undateables is to be re-made in France after M6 ordered a local version of the Betty-produced Channel 4 format.

  • First round of redundancies sweeps Endemol Shine


    Endemol Shine Group is preparing for the first wave of redundancies since its mega-merger with around 20 roles set to be axed across its international distribution business.

  • All3Media secures global buyers for C4’s Indian Summers


    All3Media International has closed seven deals for forthcoming Channel 4 drama Indian Summers.

  • TruTV eyes UK indie content


    Turner’s free-to-air channel TruTV is to commission content from UK indies for the first time and is hunting for character-driven reality series.

  • Lionsgate takes Starz stake for global push


    Mad Men producer Lionsgate has taken a stake in US cable network Starz in a deal that could pave the way for both businesses to realise their international ambitions.

  • Amazon grabs Outlander for UK


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Left Bank Pictures’ sci-fi period drama Outlander.

  • Irish format The Takeover heads to C4 Video


    Channel 4 has ordered a UK version of Irish business format The Takeover after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.

  • BBCW strikes Wolf Hall deals


    Thomas Cromwell is set to travel the world after BBC Worldwide struck a slew of international sales for period drama Wolf Hall.

  • Sky Arts acquires Italian political thriller


    Sky Arts has picked up edgy Italian political thriller 1992 as part of a deal that will mark the latest series to launch in all five of Sky’s European territories.

  • Medical drama makes US return


    Medical dramas, film adaptations and race-related projects are the prominent themes among nearly 80 scripted pilots ordered by major US networks for the 2015/16 season.

  • Vice on verge of A+E deal as TV and online collide


    Vice Media, one of the pioneers of original digital content, is to shake up the US cable landscape by agreeing a deal for a programming block with A+E Networks.

  • Fox UK brings in Jeff Ford


    Jeff Ford is to return to the UK to take up the role of managing director of Fox International Channels UK.

  • Zodiak Americas boss exits


    Zodiak Americas chief executive Jonny Slow is leaving the super-indie after more than ten years.

  • Grant Mansfield's Plimsoll opens US office


    Grant Mansfield’s Bristol-based indie Plimsoll Productions has opened an office in LA to help grow its burgeoning US business.

  • Amazon nabs US Catastrophe rights


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive US rights to Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.

  • Smithsonian orders Nutopia invention doc


    US cable network Smithsonian has ordered documentary series My Million Dollar Invention from Jane Root’s Nutopia.

  • Nordic drama execs eye growth


    Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of digital platforms and local commissioners if they are to showcase their drama globally, according to industry experts.

  • TV spend surges for Nordisk Film & TV Fund


    The Nordisk Film and TV Fund’s investment in television surged to support 14 drama projects last year as local producers targeted the small screen.

  • NBC orders The Island with Bear Grylls remake


    NBC is to remake Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls later this year. 

  • Realscreen 2015: key trends


    Executives who battled through the super-blizzard which swept America’s east coast this week to reach Realscreen have heard about the death of the derivative docu-soap, the revival of the classic British format and the importance of mega-agents.

  • Pact to launch in the US


    Industry trade body Pact is to launch a US arm to support the growing number of indies winning business across the Atlantic.

  • Sky Vision and Passion land factual deals


    Sky Vision and Passion Distribution have struck separate factual development deals with Night Will Fall-producer Spring Films and Amanda Rees’ Tifini.

  • Zodiak Rights targets US growth


    Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos to lead a renewed push into the US.

  • Indies eye Realscreen boost


    UK indies are looking to supercharge their non-scripted ambitions in the US and get shows away with broadcast networks as a record number attend next week’s Realscreen.

  • Ugly Brother thinks global


    Ugly Brother Studios is using its investment from Sky Vision to help it emerge from a spell of more conservative commissioning patterns in the US.

  • High Noon sets sights on UK


    Cake Boss producer High Noon Entertainment hopes to get shows commissioned in the UK and around the world 18 months after it was acquired by ITV.

  • BBC and PBS strike factual content deal


    The BBC has struck an ambitious partnership with PBS to develop and commission blue-chip natural history and factual programming.

  • Simon Andreae leaves Fox


    Fox’s reality chief Simon Andreae has left the US network after just over a year and been replaced by a former Electus executive.

  • Darroch to reveal Sky Europe plans at Mip TV


    Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch is to lift the lid on the company’s plans to create a European “powerhouse” in a keynote address at Mip TV.

  • DCD buys Electric Sky assets


    DCD Rights has picked up 250 hours of programming from bankrupt producer distributor Electric Sky.

  • BBC2 swoops for US political thriller


    BBC2 has made a rare major acquisition from the LA Screenings, swooping for big-budget US drama Odyssey.

  • Discovery in drama push


    US true crime channel Investigation Discovery is moving into fully scripted programming for the first time and is working with UK indie October Films on a landmark serial killer strand.

  • Fortitude to simulcast across Sky Europe Video


    Sky’s big-budget Arctic drama Fortitude is to air simultaneously across five territories – the first time the broadcaster has released a show in this way since the creation of Sky Europe.

  • Catchphrase and Selling Houses head to France


    ITV gameshow Catchphrase and Channel 4 property format Selling Houses are set to be remade in France after indie Pernel Media struck two option deals.