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Endemol Shine indie to produce six-part series
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Facebook has launched a video app for TV to offer users the ability to watch content on a bigger screen.
Film 4 digital chief Catherine Bray has been hired as editor of Channel 4’s short-form arts strand Random Acts.
Amazon has hired Fremantle Media International executive Georgia Brown as director of original TV for Europe as its originations push accelerates, Broadcast has learned.
YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have appointed a development executive to generate a slate of programmes for their fledgling production business.
The chief strategy officer of Brave Bison, formerly known as Rightster, has followed chief executive Ashley Mackenzie out of the online video business.
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Viceland’s UK ratings may not be giving its rivals sleepless nights, but general manager Guy Slattery says that bringing a new angle to broadcasting will reap rewards
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YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have appointed a development executive to generate a slate of programmes for their fledgling production business.
Snapchat has partnered with A+E Networks to create an original unscripted show on the messaging platform.
Endemol Shine UK has placed around 20 staff into consultation as it repositions its digital arm.
Five up-and-coming writers and two directors will showcase their work as part of a returning strand of shorts for BBC3.
Broadcaster suggests introducing social media ‘Kitemark’ for regulated news organisations
Sky is using the Top Picks section of its next-generation TV service to heavily promote its own programmes – virtually ignoring the likes of ITV and Channel 4 – according to a study.
BBC dramas Taboo and Apple Tree Yard will be available to watch as boxsets on iPlayer for an extended window.
Radio 1 has ordered a Valentine’s Day-themed series hosted by DJ Alice Levine for its iPlayer channel.
YouTube is to enable its biggest creators to live stream from mobile devices.
BBC Worldwide is to launch a series of Planet Earth II ‘shows’ on Snapchat ahead of the programme’s North American premiere.
Channel 4’s foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has acquired a pair of Belgian crime titles from Attraction Distribution.
ITV Studios digital entertainment chief Athena Witter has joined The Box Plus Network to strengthen its original content offering.
Former Tern TV head of digital Simon Meek has urged TV writers and directors to embrace games production as he prepares to launch a second interactive adventure.
BBC iPlayer has commissioned a vegan docu-drama written and directed by stand-up comedian Simon Amstell.
Ofcom has kicked off a consultation into regulatory fees for on-demand programme services after just under £500,000 was collected from providers in 2015/16.
Twitter has agreed its first European live streaming deal – partnering with Sky Sports News to provide coverage of football’s transfer deadline day.
Princess Productions has forged a deal with make-up brand Rimmel to launch an online series featuring 12 of YouTube’s biggest beauty influencers.
ITV is to charge £9.95 to watch Chris Eubank Jr’s forthcoming super middleweight title bout via its forthcoming pay-per-view service.
Sky is to launch a full television service without the need for a satellite dish as the pay-TV operator bids to reduce rising churn.
Netflix plans to release at least 30 documentaries and is looking to reach “double-digit” numbers of unscripted formats in 2017.
Following Wildscreen Studios’ partnership with distributor DRG, Broadcast highlights its BBC3, Disney XD and Channel 4 projects.
Distributor DRG has forged a partnership with Miles Bullough’s Wildseed Studios to enable the latter to invest up to £10,000 in projects from a number of digital creators.
NATPE: Amazon has revealed it will have a UK content team “up and running” by the second quarter of 2017.
Endemol Shine North is to stream clips of Idris Elba: Fighter on Facebook to entice the ‘Instagram generation’ to Discovery’s kickboxing series.
NATPE: US SvoD service Hulu is planning to double its volume of original commissions this year.
Twitter’s former TV chief Dan Biddle is leaving the social media giant after more than four years.
iPlayer viewing rose to its highest-ever level over Christmas – generating almost 70m views over the seven-day period.
The growth of video consumption on emerging platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram offers broadcasters a valuable opportunity to target hard-to-reach young millennials, according to a study by research house Ampere Analysis.
News organisations are piling pressure on social networks to weed out ‘fake news’ amid concerns over the escalation of web hoaxes.
The BBC is to overhaul iPlayer in a bid to “reinvent public broadcasting for a new generation” as it enters its new charter period.
A documentary about a refugee football tournament is to feature on ITV Hub following a tie-up between the broadcaster and youth brand Copa90.
Apple is to feature pairs of celebrities rather than a single host in its version of Carpool Karaoke as the first details of the revamped format emerge.
Netflix original The Crown won best drama TV series at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood last night, beating the likes of Game of Thrones and Westworld to pick up the night’s top TV gong.
BBC Worldwide has taken its first steps into virtual reality – partnering with Oculus to launch three VR experiences that immerse users in the world of a caracal cat, oogpister beetle and black bear.
Channel 4 has stepped up to the oche with a mobile darts game ahead of its coverage of the BDO World Darts Championship.
Video-streaming service TVPlayer has struck a three-year deal with content aggregator Frequency to offer 150 on-demand channels from the likes of Buzzfeed, Machinima and Ted Talks.
BBC Worldwide and ITV Studios will have to think increasingly strategically about the way in which they distribute shows digitally following the launch of US SVoD service Britbox, according to digital distributors.
Planet Earth II is to receive the augmented reality (AR) treatment after BBC Worldwide forged a partnership with mobile app developer Blippar.
The BBC World Service and LBC are among the partners preparing to take part in a Facebook trial into broadcasting live audio content.
Channel 4 has appointed its first chief data scientist to build behavioural data for both creative and commercial benefits.
The SVoD service’s first move into unscripted entertainment formats
The BBC is preparing its first 360-degree live YouTube project - streaming the New Year’s Eve fireworks display in London.
Channel 4’s digital platform All4 has acquired US short form comedy Mr Student Body President from distributor Keshet International.
Fremantle Media is on track to generated 20 billion YouTube views - more than any other producer, TV network or movie studio worldwide, according to chief executive Cecile Frot-Coutaz.
User-generated video news catalogue Newsflare is planning to turbocharge its sales team and expand into the US after securing £2.4m investment.
The Telegraph has launched an online long-form video service stocked with content acquired from Endemol Shine.
Amazon has rolled out its Prime Instant Video service in more than 200 countries.
A BBC virtual reality film is to give viewers an insight into the perils of being trapped in a house fire on Christmas Day.
BBC Worldwide and ITV will join forces to launch a Netflix rival in the US next year, based on offering classic and contemporary British drama.
Vice and the Guardian are to team up to develop TV shows as part of a partnership between the businesses.
ITV is to launch a paid-for subscription option for viewers wanting to access its on-demand service without advertising.
Social giant offers advice on making content for mobile devices as shift to video gathers pace
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Sky has set its sights on commissioning original high-end virtual reality content, following the launch of its Sky VR app.
Netflix is to launch 20 non-scripted series next year with content chief Ted Sarandos lifting the lid on the company’s format ambitions, reluctance to provide ratings and its in-house production studio.
Netflix has ordered a feature-length adaptation of young adult novel The Kissing Booth from Komixx Entertainment.
Channel 4 has launched an app for kids based on its forthcoming picture book adaptation We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
Online music publisher Resident Advisor plans to push into linear broadcasting after scoring a one-off Channel 4 documentary.
Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has made its first investment in an original production.
Trigger Happy TV is set for a return to Channel 4 after the broadcaster ordered a one-off Christmas Eve special.
Virgin Media has launched a new connected entertainment line-up including a refreshed settop box and a revamped Virgin TV Anywhere app as it looks to take on Sky Q.
Sky has entered the mobile sector for the first time with the launch of its own mobile virtual network Sky Mobile.
Connected-TV service YouView has revamped its platform to enable it to personalise the viewing experience for its 2.5m customers.
Radio 1 is to explore slow TV for the younger generation after partnering with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit to launch Planet Earth II-themed programming.
Richard Bacon could be set for a return to BBC Radio 2 as a weekly fixture after Sam Delaney’s Studio Sixty Billion scored an initial two-part order.
The BBC plans to create a “Netflix of spoken word” using BBC Radio archives, director general Tony Hall will announce later today.
Gary Lineker’s indie is to go behind the scenes at Premier League football club Watford FC for BBC3.
Speakers from Google and Sony have joined the line-up for the VR Creative Summit.
Donald Trump’s election win could bring about a “less benevolent” attitude towards the foreign operations of major US studios, according to an Enders analysis report.
Discovery Communications has tapped former virtual reality advisor Rebecca Howard as senior vice-president, emerging platforms and partnerships, with oversight of the company’s virtual reality offerings.
Virtual reality is urgently in need of formats, according to the producers of the BBC’s Easter Rising: Voice Of A Rebel and 7/7 bombing documentary Witness 360.new
New Romantics, Rich Kids, Ballsy and Freaks & Uniques are among the thematic strands which will form the basis of All 4’s commissioning and acquisitions strategy.
Channel 4 is to roll-out an interactive advert format on connected TVs and giveaway £1m of airtime to increase diversity in advertising.
EE TV has tied with Twitter to allow subscribers to see which TV shows are trending on the social media platform.
BBC has teamed up with production studio Vrtov to create an enhanced version of VR experience The Turning Forest for Google’s headset Daydream.
Virgin Media and Time Warner-owned Turner have expanded a carriage deal for the UK and Ireland to include catch-up TV and box sets.
ITV is gearing up for the launch of the 16th series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after appointing Monterosa and Somethin Else to key digital roles.
Fremantle Media has partnered with one of the creatives responsible for the special effects in The Matrix trilogy to create an ‘inter active mixed-reality’ gameshow.
Sky is to pull its TV and film download app Sky Store from YouView after the platform ramped up its charges.
Time Warner-owned Turner is launching a digital ventures and innovation unit within its international division.
Netflix is set to give subscribers the opportunity to download content to view offline for the first time – bringing it into line with streaming rivals Amazon and YouTube.
Consumers spend 45% more time hunting for content to watch on VoD services than linear TV – but almost two-thirds claimed to be happy with their on-demand experiences.
Grayson Perry is to front a series of shorts for Channel 4 after Swan Films tied with the broadcaster’s in-house creative agency 4Creative.
Broadcast selects a handful of broadcaster Vines, following Twitter’s decision to close the short-form service.
Twitter is to shut down its six-second video app Vine.
Lime Pictures is to embrace messaging service WhatsApp and story curation platform Wakelet across its programme slate after a successful Stand Up To Cancer-related campaign.
Viceland in the US is opening its doors to independent producers for the first time as it eyes a move into formats.
The BBC is launching a Gold Rush ‘game maker’ to tie in with Dan Snow’s forthcoming BBC2 show – enabling audiences to create their own adventure.
SVoD documentaries service Yaddo is to commission 125 documentaries from members of the public over the next 12 months.
Maker Studios has struck its first deal with a UK platform with a raft of short-form content made available to view on-demand via TalkTalk’s TV service.
Ahead of Halloween, AMC Networks has rolled out VoD horror service Shudder in the UK and Ireland.
Ahead of December’s VR Creative Summit, Broadcast highlights ten genre-defining pieces of virtual reality content.
Spike is set to be made available to Virgin Media subscribers, alongside a host of Viacom mobile apps, after the businesses agreed a multi-year programming deal.
BBC3 has acquired Matchstick Pictures’ Australian drama series Barracuda from NBCUniversal.
AOL UK has ordered the first batch of original series from its in-house division, as the fledgling production arm shifts gear.
Netflix’s global membership has increased by 3.6m in the third quarter, sending shares up by 20% from £16 to £97.
Facebook has urged multichannel broadcasters to take advantage of its digital services including Facebook Live, 360 video and messenger bots to help them compete for audiences with larger rivals.
The 7.2 million registered users of the BBC’s online services consume up to 40% more content than those who are not logged in, according to myBBC boss Phil Fearnley.
Yaddo, the SVoD documentary venture co-founded by Nick Fraser, plans to finance or coproduce up to 20 films a year and expects to work with the BBC.
The virtual reality revolution gathered pace this week as Sky launched a dedicated app, while two senior broadcasting executives founded production companies dedicated to the fledgling format.
Little Dot Studios has partnered with Aurora Media Worldwide (AMW) to produce a Formula E magazine series and separately the All3-backed business has hired DRG’s commercial director.
UKTV is moving into the world of podcasts with crime series A Stab In The Dark.
A charity tennis match played by Andy Murray generated more than 1m streams on Facebook Live.
Sky has launched a virtual reality app featuring 20 videos involving David Beckham, Paul McCartney and heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.
The Garden’s director of programmes David Wise is leaving the ITV-owned indie to set up a virtual reality start-up.
Jamie Oliver Media Group is disbanding its 17-channel multichannel network Food Tube to focus on its core channels.
Former Sky 3D boss John Cassy has partnered with Bafta-winning director Daniel Smith to launch a production company and scooped a virtual reality ballet experience as its debut order.
A growing number of advertising agencies are eying original content production following a spate of senior hires and partnerships.
BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser has left his role after nineteen years to launch SVOD documentary platform Yaddo.
Amazon-owned audio service Audible is gearing up to launch podcast network Audible Channels, featuring hundreds of hours of original programming, in the UK.
Netflix is preparing to put a number of commissioners on the ground in the UK with content boss Ted Sarandos revealing the streaming service is committed to British originals.
The BBC will require users to sign-in to access iPlayer from early next year, bringing the corporation closer to its personalised MyBBC vision.
The BBC’s future-thinking R&D department has created a holographic TV experiment inspired by the infamous Princess Leia scene in Star Wars.
Ooyala’s latest study has found that the share of online video consumed via Apple tablets has plummeted, as online video service TVPlayer has agreed a partnership with Samsung. Click for more.
Sky Atlantic drama The Night Of has been viewed more than 2.5m times after the broadcaster made the entire series available on-demand ahead of its linear broadcast.
Barcroft Media has agreed a wide-reaching distribution deal with production funding agency Drive as it prepares to roll-out its latest YouTube channel.
Spike Lee has partnered with Netflix to produce a TV version of his debut feature film She’s Gotta Have It.
The BBC’s future-gazing research and development division (BBC R&D) has developed a real-time, interactive prototype to help audiences cook recipes at their own pace.
Dom Joly has slammed the lack of imagination in hidden camera shows as he prepares to launch Shady Cabal – the label that will produce Channel 4’s Trigger Happy reboot.
Cinema chain Curzon has renewed a three-year deal with digital video business Easel TV to deliver its transactional VOD service.
Sky has kicked off an ambitious push into commissioning virtual reality (VR) content as the BBC maintains a watching brief on consumer appetite for the format.
Netflix’s push into live-action kids’ programming has triggered a “complete resurgence” in the genre, according to Lime Pictures boss Kate Little.
Former BBC digital chief Ralph Rivera has been appointed as managing director of Eurosport’s digital division.
DriveTribe, the online motoring project established by the former Top Gear team, has secured almost £5m investment from 21st Century Fox.
Former Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner Jody Smith has joined David Flynn and Lucas Church’s fledgling indie.
Youth programming producer Latimer has hired former executives from BBC Worldwide and Vice Media after securing investment earlier this year.
Lime Pictures has become the first All3Media indie to secure a Netflix series – picking up a 10-part tween drama from the SVoD giant.
Radio 1 and 1Xtra boss Ben Cooper is preparing a radical production restructure to help his stations ward off the threat from the likes of Netflix, Spotify and Vice – and has urged the wider BBC to follow suit.
Brave Bison, the social video firm previously known as Rightster, has narrowed its losses to £800,000.
Damian Kavanagh has defended the performance of BBC3 but admitted he faces a ‘serious issue’ with content discovery across the website.
The way people use social media undermined the BBC’s ability to challenge claims by politicians in the run-up to the EU referendum, James Harding has revealed.
The Late Late Show With James Corden executive producer has revealed that he checks YouTube stats ahead of TV ratings – as 172 of the show’s clips have notched up over 1m online views.
Broadcasters have put on a united defence of the public service broadcasting model in the face of Vice chief executive Shane Smith’s charge that they fail to connect with young audiences.
The former Top Gear team is on the hunt for commissions for their indie W. Chump & Sons as the first series of Amazon show The Grand Tour prepares to TX this autumn.
Buzzfeed’s video content has experienced “hockey-stick growth” since its launch, bolstered by a global distribution strategy across the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.
Vice has made a splash with youngsters with its hard-hitting news and docs - delivered online. Now its focus turns to linear success
Netflix UK has aggressively culled its programming over the past few months to reduce its reliance on archive content in favour of the latest shows.
iPlayer requests of BBC3 content have risen by 6 percentage points following the youth-skewing channel’s move online, despite launching fewer shows.
Netflix’s Black Mirror episodes are to be screened for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as the event sharpens its international focus.
Racing driver Oliver James Webb, motoring journalist Jethro Bovingdon and Finnish blogger Sara Nase are among the first ‘tribe leaders’ selected to produce channels for Jeremy Clarkson’s forthcoming online car project.
BBC Worldwide has agreed a partnership with an artificial intelligence business to help it gauge which genres are most in demand around the world.
London-based interactive TV firm Wirewax is going undercover with forthcoming US spy drama Berlin Station after agreeing an immersive 360-degree video deal with US network Epix.
The boom in scripted television in the US is to continue, with more than 500 original dramas and comedies expected to air this year, according to the executive who coined the phrase ‘peak TV’.
Vice is to explore hedonism on the frontline of the Greek refugee crisis and tackle racist extremists through the lens of comedy as part of the debut slate of shows for its linear channel.
Woody Allen is to make his TV debut in September after SVoD service Amazon revealed details of the comedy for the first time.
Netflix has struck a partnership with music TV channel The Box for a short-form series promoting the subscription giant’s forthcoming hip hop drama.
Barcroft Media has hired the former managing editor of FHM and Heat following its investment from Channel 4.
Sky has revealed a surge in the amount of video-on-demand programming consumed via its next-generation set-top box – opening up the long-tail of shows in its catalogue.
Netflix was watched by nearly a quarter of the British viewing public between February and April 2016 as it stormed ahead of Amazon Prime Videos, its nearest SVoD rival, according to the latest Ofcom data.
Channel 4 is shaking up its All 4 commissioning strategy with a major budget increase and three new hires as it turns the service into a broader OTT video platform.
Sky has partnered with Amazon for the first time on ten-part epic period drama, Britannia.
Comedy Central, Copa90 and Vice are among the new online video providers to be made available via Sky’s next-generation TV service.
Liberty Global is making a major multi-million pound move into original UK commissioning after ordering four drama series from All3Media.
British broadcasters and producers can learn lessons from the success of Pokémon Go as virtual reality hits the mainstream, according to former Shine Group chief executive Alex Mahon.
Wimbledon and Euro 2016 helped boost BBC iPlayer to 290m requests in June, well above the 250m generated the previous year.
Apple is dialling up its original content ambitions – ordering a 16-part re-make of James Corden’s viral hit Carpool Karaoke.
ITV is to launch a youth programming block in association with AwesomenessTV after striking a wide-ranging partnership with the US multiplatform video network.
Channel 5 is to launch a free-air-channel inspired by its on-demand catch up service My5.
Somethin’ Else is to produce social media content for the Mercury Prize as the annual album awards look to widen its appeal.
Netflix has acquired the UK rights to political documentary series Race for the White House after striking a deal with distributor DRG.
Channel 4 diversity executive Oona King is leaving the broadcaster after seven years to join YouTube in a global role as director of diversity.
EE TV has quietly dropped its mobile recordings service following pressure from broadcasters.
The BBC is beginning to use data from its MyBBC project to influence commissioning decisions, according to director of MyBBC and homepage Phil Fearnley.
Amazon is gearing up to launch its Prime Instant Video service in a slew of major new markets as its battle with Netflix intensifies. The SVoD service is reportedly in the final stages of discussions to launch in France, Italy, Spain and India.
Sky is set to ramp up the amount of exclusive content on its VoD services after buying The Late Late Show With James Corden from CBS Studios International.
Netflix has acquired the global rights to the forthcoming Star Trek TV series as its march to global subscriber dominance slowed.
The BBC’s personalisation strategy is continuing to gather pace with the launch of an app that aggregates relevant programmes, news and sports updates.
Amazon has unveiled the first images of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new motoring format.
Maker Studios is hunting a UK buyer for a new short-form video game format produced by YouTube star KSI.
Amazon and Netflix have redoubled efforts to commission a slew of non-scripted series from British producers.
There has been a marked decline in the amount of linear TV watched by younger audiences, according to data from Ofcom’s annual report.
YouTube is reaching out to UK content creators as part of a multimillion-pound push for original content for emerging subscription service YouTube Red.
There are very few broadcaster-led online commissions and many of those available are loss-leaders for producers, according to an Enders Analysis report.
BBC Worldwide’s ‘best of British’ subscription VoD service is to launch in the US and Singapore later this year.
Naked Entertainment, the indie established by former Fox and Discovery commissioner Simon Andreae, is making a short-form sex series for All 4.
CBeebies is to launch a third app to host HTML5 games previously only available via the channel’s website.
Fresh One is to follow up its Disney Channel cooking competition First Class Chefs with an short-form online spin-off featuring families.
ITV is planning to bridge the gap between its commissioning and multiplatform teams following the runaway success of Love Island online.
CuriosityStream, the ‘Netflix for documentaries’ that recently commissioned UK indies Arrow Media and Bigger Bang, has outlined its growth strategy a year after launching in the US.
Drive Tribe, the forthcoming online project created by Jeremy Clarkson and the former Top Gear team, has issued a call-out to creators to set-up a network of motoring channels.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Cameron Crowe’s Showtime drama Roadies.
Sky has struck a deal with Hollywood studio CBS to air The Late Late Show with James Corden in the UK.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Steven Soderbergh’s high-end escort drama The Girlfriend Experience.
YouTube has moved into original big-budget scripted programming for the first time, ordering of an adaptation of Channing Tatum film Step Up.
Facebook has signed $50m (£34m) worth of deals with content creators including BuzzFeed and Gordon Ramsay to help grow its fledgling live streaming service.
UKTV has reached a “landmark” deal to make more than 10,000 hours of entertainment programming available on Virgin Media.
Netflix has ordered a children’s animation series from Silvergate Media, the creators of CBeebies’ Octonauts.
More than 2m fans watched England’s Euro 2016 clash with Wales via the BBC Sport website yesterday, smashing the site’s previous record.
Live From Space indie Arrow Media is heading back into the stratosphere with the NASA Juno Mission after securing its first SVoD commission.
Broadcasters are divided on the merits of original online content commissions, but agree that experimentation is key to reaching audiences in new ways, according to a future-gazing panel at Broadcast’s Media Summit.
The BBC is to premiere the entire series of a drama on iPlayer for the first time to capitalise on the trend for binge viewing.
Vice has ordered a documentary set in beleaguered steel town Port Talbot from the winners of its Rule Britannia pitch competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Harry Hill, Jack Dee and Michelle Collins are set to star in a political comedy funded via crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.
The BBC’s research and development department has unveiled a raft of virtual reality experiences including an Aardman project offering a first-hand glimpse of a refugee’s journey and a spacewalk aboard the International Space Station.
AOL UK has hired a head of video to oversee an expanded in-house team that creates content for sites including The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.
BuzzFeed is eying a move into traditional TV production following the success of its short-form video strands including food site Tasty.
BT is looking to increase its TV subscriber base following its acquisition of mobile operator EE earlier this year.
Comedy Central has appointed former Maverick exec Claire McArdle to scout for social talent as it prepares to turbocharge its short-form programming and Snapchat presence.
Netflix has replaced BBC America as the US co-producer of BBC2 drama The Last Kingdom.
Digital producers have claimed that the launch of Amazon’s self-publishing video service could help them monetise videos on a platform where users already have a billing relationship.
Discovery’s top brass has raised questions about the global expansion of Netflix – claiming more localised services are more likely to succeed long-term.
Facebook video pioneer AJ+, the digital arm of Al Jazeera, is to expand its presence on Instagram to keep pace with consumer habits.
Channel 4 has taken another step towards future-proofing its business after investing in multimedia content company Barcroft Holdings.
Facebook has hired Patrick Walker as director of media partnerships for EMEA.
BBC Newsnight deputy editor Neil Breakwell is to join Vice News as London bureau chief ahead of the launch of the youth brand’s linear channel.
The X Factor will become the latest TV brand to embrace Facebook Live after offering contestants the chance to audition via the social media platform.
Channel 4 commissioners Adam Gee and Jody Smith are to leave the broadcaster after a more than a decade as part of a restructure at digital video service All 4.
Global digital streaming services including Netflix and Amazon could be hit with multi-million pound charges to fund European TV shows under new regulation.
Fox is to debut horror thriller Outcast on Facebook Live – making it the first broadcaster in the UK to launch a show on the platform ahead of its linear TX.
The BBC has committed to trialling subscription services as part of a far-reaching digital shake-up, which includes plans to launch an industry wide streaming service, reportedly dubbed ‘Britflix’.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to high-profile AMC drama Preacher – its latest first-run US acquisition.
The BBC has rowed back on its decision to mothball 11,000 recipes as part of the closure of its BBC Food site – with the content to be transferred to its Good Food sister.
The BBC has confirmed plans to save £15m from its online budget by cutting duplication and retreating from “better-resourced services in the market”.
ITV has upped its investment in the Nordic VoD service Cirkus, which offers a raft of British content to international audiences.
The BBC Food website is to be axed, while development spending on iPlayer will be put at risk, as the corporation aims to save £15m per year.
The Chuckle Brothers and Tinchy Stryder are some of the celebrities set to prank members of the public with dodgy driving in an ad-funded shorts series for All 4.
Louis Theroux development exec Dan Louw and Objective’s Debi Roach have joined Vice as the youth media brand beefs up its production team ahead of the launch of its linear channel.
US online streaming service Amazon has boarded forthcoming BBC3 comedy Fleabag.
The BBC ‘has a duty’ to offer on-demand and live programming to a wider range of third party apps, most likely including Sky Go, according to the white paper.
The government has directed the BBC to make iPlayer ‘portable’, meaning UK licence fee payers will be able to access the service when they travel across Europe.
Vice co-founder and chief executive Shane Smith is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Sky Sports and the BBC have conducted virtual reality trials on Premier League football and Welsh drama Hinterland, as the broadcasters attempt to reach younger audiences.
Discovery Communications is hoping that a major cost-cutting drive will save it up to £83m over the next 18 months as it refocuses on growing its digital services.
Amazon’s new motoring format, featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, is to be called The Grand Tour.
Conde Nast and StyleHaul are among the first publishers to take advantage of a push by Amazon to allow content creators to offer videos direct to the online giant’s customers.
Multi-platform video network Rightster is to place original content production at the heart of its business after rebranding as Brave Bison.
Netflix has ordered its first competition format - a strongman series starring and produced by Sylvester Stallone.
Almost 6.5m people have signed in to the BBC’s online services since the launch of Tony Hall’s MyBBC strategy – offering encouragement to the corporation as it steps up plans to require all visitors to log-in.
Jamie Oliver-owned YouTube network Food Tube is eying expansion onto other platforms to better position the business for growth.
Endemol Shine Beyond is drawing up plans to grow its digital channels network to include services dedicated to travel, comedy and men’s lifestyle.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.
Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.
Subscription VoD service Amazon is hunting for an original programming chief to run its UK production division.
Channel 4 data chief Pedro Cosa has provided an insight into how his team helps inform commissioning decisions.
Traditional TV firms have continued to push into digital sports content with FremantleMedia investing in a football-based start-up and Discovery backing a rugby SVoD service.
BBC3 has commissioned a short-form music show from Greenbird-network indie Rumpus Media and Phil McIntyre Television.
Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel: Sabotage has been downloaded almost 600,000 times after the entire series was made available on-demand to binge-watch.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that a “golden age” of online video is dawning and said the company is betting big on live content.
Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox Media has won a landmark factual series from Netflix, Broadcast has learned.
Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have teamed up with a co-founder of Zeebox to launch a “bold digital venture” to sit alongside their new series for Amazon Prime Video.
Channel 4 and Channel 5 have indicated that they are open to distributing their programming on iPlayer as the BBC advances plans to expand the service to third-party content providers.
Ralph Rivera’s role as the BBC’s digital director has been made redundant and the online boss will take on a six-month education project for the corporation.
Red Bull TV has commissioned an adventure series from multiplatform producer Telegraph Hill in which teams will race across Europe using cans of the fizzy drink as their currency.
The BBC has launched its dedicated app for children, which will serve up over 10,000 episodes of age-appropriate content.
BBC3 is to give one of its highest-profile factual formats, Life and Death Row, a digital twist – after producing a serialised version of the documentary.
Sky is refining its Snapchat offering with a drive to feature portrait videos optimised for mobile screens – as Comedy Central unveils plans to beef up its content offering on the messaging service.
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.
Sky is to live stream exclusive video of the build-up to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight and coverage of the junior doctors’ strike via Facebook, following a series of successful trials.
Somethin’ Else chief creative officer Paul Bennun has left the multiplatform content business after more than 20 years.
Twitter has landed the global rights to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games for free across the 2016 season.
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.
BBC3 comedy Cuckoo is to return for another two series.
Netflix has acquired the global rights to ITV crime drama Marcella.
Comedy Central is expanding its global Snapchat channel with nine new shows developed exclusively for the messaging app.
Fremantle digital arm targets millennials with live pilots for YouTube channel Football Republic
Gary Lineker’s indie Goalhanger Films has been following British boxer Anthony Joshua for a year and will detail his preparations for a world heavyweight title fight in a series of shorts for BBC3.
Sky will begin commissioning kids’ content for the first time after ordering a reboot of iconic animation Morph from Aardman Animations.
Channel 4 has lost a bidding war with Netflix for the right to premiere the third series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror in the UK.
Vice Media has acquired a majority stake in Pineapple Dance Studios producer Pulse Films, Broadcast has learned.
YouTube star Emily Hartridge is to create a series about the pressures of turning 30 for All 4.
Nokia has partnered with postproduction giant Deluxe and launched a ‘Pioneer Programme’ to encourage producers and creatives to use its tools for creating virtual reality (VR) content.
Red Bull has commissioned an Amazonian adventure documentary from Pioneer Productions.
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Sky has created a dedicated in-house virtual reality production unit which is to make its debut with two films from this weekend’s Formula 1 launch.
Vice is expanding across Eastern Europe with the launch of country-specific online services and production hubs in seven territories.
Jonathan Almond, the channel manager of Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube brand, has left Fresh One to set up a food and drink-themed content company.
Channel 5’s penguin documentary, Sky’s latest start-up investment and a partnership between Virgin Media and Endemol Shine are covered in today’s update.
More than a third of UK adults pay for subscription video-on-demand services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, according to a study by Mediatel.
Digital disruptors Vice and Red Bull have both outlined their plans to move into linear television.
Vice is to launch a linear pay-TV channel in the UK in September after striking a deal with Sky.
Former Maverick chief executive Jim Sayer and ex-Bullseye managing director Ed Crick are to run Red Bull’s UK programming team.
Ripper Street will not continue beyond series five after the detective drama which started life on BBC1 enjoyed a renaissance on Amazon.
Endemol Shine Group’s digital chief Georg Ramme is to leave the company and will be replaced by commercial boss Wim Ponnet.
The BBC World Service will launch two pilots this weekend distributing content via messaging apps Viber and WhatsApp.
Cuckoo and Life And Death Row were among the top 10 most-watched programmes online in BBC3’s first week as a digital-only proposition, according to figures from Barb.
Dan Snow’s production company attempted to take the next step in the evolution of Periscope this week by live streaming from a drone at Stonehenge.
The BBC has called on Ofcom to protect public service on-demand services such as iPlayer from being sidelined by internet providers.
Music brand SBTV is planning to work more closely with indies to feature content aimed at its established online community after hiring Channel 4 commissioner Isaac Densu.
Media brands must create short-form video to take advantage of ‘Swiss army knife-style’ smartphones, if they are to meet millennials’ platform-switching habits.
The Broadcast Digital Awards 2016 have opened for entries – with new categories including best scripted and non-scripted short.
Supernanny super-indie Warner Bros Television Production UK has taken back control of its YouTube channels because of the booming popularity of the Channel 4 format.
Channel 5 will begin prioritising original content for its revamped video-on-demand (VoD) service as part of plans to grow its base of young and registered users.
Somethin’ Else is to produce a raft of video content for Topman’s YouTube channel after securing a deal with the high street retailer.
BBC3 boss Damian Kavanagh has claimed that “the shackles are off when it comes to creativity” as the channel shifts to become an online-only proposition from today.
The number of iPlayer requests in December fell for the first time in 2015, with the BBC attributing the decline to the absence of some of its biggest shows including Top Gear.
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.
BT Sport is to trial object-based broadcasting technology on its MotoGP coverage after securing a slice of a £4m investment from an EU research and innovation fund.
The ex-Vice producer helping to oversee BBC3’s digital switch has plans to experiment with innovative content around established brands as the youth channel finds its feet online.
Staff at Vice UK have sent a letter to their colleagues to drum up support to “get everyone involved” in forming a union.
The Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba) has pledged to prioritise the protection of children around catch-up content.
The growth in online viewing has helped Writers Digital Payments (WDP) pay out £960,000 in royalties to screenwriters whose shows have featured on BBC iPlayer.
StyleHaul president and chief executive Stephanie Horbaczewski has highlighted the shift in her network of 6,000 creators towards social storytelling across platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat.
Netflix and Amazon are ramping up their non-scripted plans and both online giants were seeking out new projects at Realscreen this week.
Sky has invested £300,000 in sports marketing company InCrowd to help maximise its sports output.
A “significant increase” in the number of teenagers concerned by on-demand and online content has been recorded by Ofcom.
The future of television continues to divide opinion, with two studies published this week painting very different pictures of the industry in the UK.
Little Dot Studios has extended its relationship with electric racing series Formula E to produce daily YouTube content updates.
Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday have drawn a line under their year-long campaign to prevent BBC3 from moving online.
Endemol Shine UK has acquired digital production company Electric Robin and online talent management firm OP Talent.
BBC3 Killer Magic star Ben Hart is returning to the channel with a short-form series featuring a range of ‘life hacks’.
Pay-TV channel Fox has acquired 11/22/63, the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams.
Sky has invested £7m in advertising technology firm DataXu, continuing its spate of Silicon Valley-style deals.
Channel 4’s foreign-language VoD service Walter Presents has reached 1m views two weeks after launching.
BT Sport has taken its first step into virtual reality – trialling an immersive experience at the NBA Global Games clash at the O2 arena in London last week.
Digital music brand SBTV has partnered with the Press Association to launch an online video news service aimed at young audiences.
Netflix is to feature 600 hours of original programming this year and has issued a call for producers to bring it scripted family comedies and dramas.
More than 100 hours of Latin American drama is to be added to Channel 4’s foreign-language service Walter Presents after it acquired six titles from HBO Latin America, Globo and SpaceWoW.
Sky has bolstered the range of short-form video content it will make available via its next-generation set-top box after signing deals with Barcroft TV, Electus and Funny Or Die.
A sinister martial arts beat-em-up and a side-scrolling zeppelin bombing game are among the first clutch of titles to be published by Channel 4’s new gaming division.
BBC iPlayer is preparing to roll out personalisation services across its connected-TV apps in 2016 after Christmas viewing on the platform rose by a third.
E4 has struck a landmark deal with Netflix to co-produce an online gaming-inspired series from the creator of Skins, as part of plans to supercharge drama on the youth channel.
TRX, the online international distribution service set up by David and Matthew Frank, has made a number of hires ahead of international TV market Natpe.
EastEnders came out on top in the festive catch-up stakes, as the BBC reported a 32% uplift in viewing over connected TVs and games consoles.
Netflix has launched in 130 new countries including India, Turkey and Russia, rounding out its global expansion.
BBC1 was the most tweeted-about channel in 2015 after racking up 15 million messages on the social media platform.
Vice has hired Welcome to Rio producer Wendie Ottewill to head its digital programming in the UK.
Alex Farber reports on four projects designed to improve efficiency and evolve storytelling
The BBC is developing personalised dramas, radio shows that talk directly to listeners, and technology to record live events remotely, as it looks to shape the future of broadcasting.
The BBC is trialling ‘virtual voice-over’ technology around its short-form news content – allowing a report to be automatically translated into multiple languages.
Channel 4 has promoted its head of viewer relationship management Charlie Palmer to be managing editor of All 4.
Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has acquired a raft of programming from Latin America.
BBC Store customers will be able to stream their purchases via mobile and tablet devices for the first time – as iPlayer launches on Apple TV.
Vicious indie Brown Eyed Boy is to produce a comedy-entertainment series for a major new US video-on-demand service.
TRX, the online international distribution service set up by David and Matthew Frank, is aiming to build a catalogue of up to 10,000 hours by the middle of next year.
The UK is the most sophisticated TV watching nation in the world, with more viewers getting their content fix online than ever before, according to Ofcom research.
BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney has launched a production company and landed a series of podcasts for female-lifestyle magazine Elle UK.
Licence fee payers could be able to access iPlayer while in the EU within two years amid European Commission (EC) plans to modernise copyright rules.
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake’s forthcoming journey into space has inspired the BBC to kick off a search for a major virtual reality game.
Lookout Point’s ambitions to move into creative production were handed a boost this week after Amazon picked up its first original project, Parisian fashion drama The Collection.
Communications agency Way To Blue has acquired UK and Australian-based digital creative agency The Project Factory (TPF).
Virgin Media has returned to the content business after picking up US horror series Ash vs Evil Dead for its video on-demand service.
Amazon has ordered its first UK drama – a period fashion drama from War and Peace co-producer Lookout Point.
The Apprentice has dominated online viewing over the past four weeks – accounting for four of the top 10 most-watched shows on-demand.
AOL is hunting for a handful of short-form video series as it aims to take on Vice News by commissioning UK content for Huffington Post for the first time.
BBC Birmingham is ready to become the centre of the corporation’s digital future, according to recently installed boss Joe Godwin.
BBC Store has rolled out a social media campaign encouraging consumers to vote for their favourite drama characters to help raise awareness of the download-to-own service.
Somethin’ Else was the big winner at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, taking home three awards including best indie.
Sky News has released a virtual reality film designed to show what the migrant crisis is like through the eyes of a refugee.
ITN Productions has established a branded video content service, dubbed Real Time Studios, to create an ‘always-on’ production presence for brands.
Sky has unveiled a new premium set-top box that will support ultra high-definition channels and make it easier for subscribers to access content on the move.
Nordic subscription VoD service Viaplay is moving into original programming with its first commission, comedy Swedish Dicks.
Agatha Christie short story The Mysterious Mr Quin is to be transformed into an immersive app adventure, as the novelist’s rightsholder refreshes the brand for a younger generation.
Jimmy Carr will become the first UK comedian to record an original stand-up show for Netflix.
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Panorama is to tell the story of the closure of Redcar’s steelworks via a 50-day digital experiment across Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
The BBC is to tap into its heritage of curating television to help set apart its download-to-own service from rivals.
Vice is to launch its first linear TV channel in the US after striking a deal with A+E Networks.
Channel 4 has sounded concerns about government proposals to close the iPlayer loophole - but argued that if the move goes ahead it must include non-PSB services.
The Economist is eyeing commissions from traditional television broadcasters after releasing its first online film series.
Vice Media is set to shake up the British television landscape next year as it launches a linear channel and doubles its production presence.
Youth-music website SBTV is expanding into the US and has appointed a head of production to lead the charge.
The Class of ’92 producer Fulwell 73 is to produce an online series about sports analysis featuring contributions from Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Clive Woodward.
The X Factor has tapped into live video-streaming app Periscope to offer fans a peek backstage after Shotglass Media renewed its digital deal with Social Life.
The growing popularity of BBC1 drama Doctor Foster helped grow the volume of viewing to the broadcaster’s on-demand services by over 1m hours week-on-week.
Leopard Films head of arts and performance Fiona Morris has been appointed chief executive and creative director of BBC and Arts Council England joint-venture The Space.
Frank Skinner is to front a weekly BBC iPlayer show designed to highlight content on the on-demand service.
Amazon has picked up dark comic book drama Lucifer and martial arts thriller Into The Badlands as it continues to grab first-run acquisitions of US shows.
Vice is to double the size of its production presence in the UK ahead of the launch of a linear TV channel.
Channel 4 is to introduce personalised advertising into live streams on All 4 after signing a deal with ad-replacement service Yospace.
Disney is launching an app which will offer consumers the ability to stream its television episodes and movies and access a range of albums and books.
Vice Media imposed a two-hour blackout of its network of websites earlier today to call for the release of Mohammed Rasool, a journalist who has been imprisoned for 56 days by the Turkish authorities.
Atomized Entertainment is to produce an ad-funded pop-up restaurant format for Channel 4’s digital service.
Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has partnered with Sassy Films to launch a YouTube channel featuring fan-suggested challenges, comedy pieces and vlogs.
Digital producer Little Dot has secured its first television commission – a documentary about vloggers for BBC3.
UK indie Broad Bean Media is producing a 10-part web series for The Huffington Post, fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.
BBC Sport will allow fans to follow the progress of their favourite teams more closely as part of personalised functionality being introduced to its app.
Amazon has acquired a Back To The Future-themed documentary after striking a deal with Vivendi-owned distributor Can’t Stop Media and Studiocanal.
Netflix is preparing to push into offering youth-skewing news and current affairs programming, putting the subscription service on a collision course with Vice News.
Sam Esmail, creator of the US hacking drama opens up about the Amazon deal for one of cable’s hottest shows
Digital producer Bigballs Media (BBM) is to expand further into the US and enter the Asian market after securing £7m of investment from Liberty Global and VC firm e.ventures.
Phil Spencer is to front Channel 4’s latest advertiser-funded short – a six-part property format funded by British Gas.
BBC iPlayer is to offer visitors an exclusive Elton John performance from Cornwall’s Eden Project.
Liberty Global has continued its UK indie acquisition spree with the purchase of a stake in You, Me and the Apocalypse co-producer Bigballs Media.
UKTV joint owner Scripps Interactive Networks has earmarked an initial $1m to create original web commissions for TVN, the Polish broadcaster it bought earlier this year.
Freeview is aiming its connected-TV proposition at the 11 million homes that fall between those firmly committed to either pay- or free-to-air TV.
Devices such as Xboxes and connected TVs are next on the agenda for Barb as it attempts to ramp up the data collection for its TV Player Report.
Second-screen specialist Monterosa has secured £1.2m of funding and appointed The Mill chief executive Robin Shenfield as chairman.
Walter Presents (WP), the Channel 4-backed foreign language drama service, has acquired a raft of titles including Luc Besson’s No Limit and Swiss drama Ten.
YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have established their own production company as they aim to produce further linear TV formats.
Vice is to launch a number of online channels and push further into linear television over the next 12 months.
Princess Productions is eyeing vlogging talent to bolster its factual entertainment slate, following its deal to produce a 12-hour Stand Up To Cancer event for YouTube.
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.
ITV and Channel 4 are open to discussing the BBC’s vision to create a best-of-British video-on-demand service, designed to compete with global players including Netflix and Amazon.
Netflix political drama House Of Cards was one of the first major online originations to disrupt the linear television ecology.
Games industry trade body boss Jo Twist has urged the BBC to recognise the cultural significance of the format.
UK viewers consumed 11.2m hours of on-demand content during the week ending 20 September, with The Great British Bake Off triumphing as the most-viewed show online.
The Kurupt FM crew is set to survive BBC3’s move online, with the youth channel keen to commission a third series of People Just Do Nothing.
Partners In Crime co-producer RLJ Entertainment has hired former Fremantle Media exec Shane Murphy as managing director of its UK production business.
Channel 4 is dialling up its short-form content strategy with the creation of a managing editor role with access to a “multi-million pound” commissioning budget.
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.
Charlie Brooker has inked a deal with Netflix for a 12-episode run of dystopian drama Black Mirror – although the UK and Ireland rights surrounding the series are yet to be resolved.
Netflix, Hollywood studio Fox and VoD service Vimeo have partnered with Oculus to develop apps that will enable consumers to view their content via its virtual reality headset.
Amazon has continued its aggressive acquisition of first-run TV shows with the purchase of US hacker drama Mr Robot.
The BBC has commissioned its first feature-length scripted film for iPlayer – a comedy drama based on the rivalry between snooker players Alex Higgins and Steve Davis.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has unveiled its latest slate of pilots from creators including Louis CK, Sacha Baron Cohen and Diablo Cody.
After previously examining the history of how broadcasting and IT have grown together, in Fujitsu’s final article for Broadcast, Haydn Jones offers a vision of where TV could be going next
Endemol Shine UK has moved into PC gaming for the first time – launching a ninja fighter months after offloading games division Bossa Studios.
The second series of popular podcast Serial will focus on the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who was captured by the Taliban after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan under mysterious circumstances in 2009.
UKTV has begun phasing out its individual brands on YouTube after introducing a single, broadcaster-wide channel on the video-sharing platform.
ITV is to replace its website and VoD player with ITV Hub, a single destination which will become the first broadcaster service to offer online access to Family Guy in the UK.
YouView is to begin providing rich data from its set-top boxes to stakeholders – offering them a level of information similar to that mined by Sky.
ITN Productions has closed down its YouTube-backed citizen journalism channel Truthloader after three years and is understood to be focusing its digital work on branded content.
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have raised major concerns about an innovative catch-up tool on fledgling television service EE TV.
Sky has extended its financial backing of Jaunt – taking the total amount it has invested in the virtual reality (VR) service to around £1m.
Princess Productions will team up with well-known vloggers to produce a 12-hour live-streamed event on YouTube for Stand Up To Cancer.
The BBC has launched an interactive episode of Casualty via BBC Taster, its online testing ground.
Travel Channel is to become the first broadcaster to trial Arqiva’s live restart functionality, allowing viewers to instantly skip back to the start of any programme during its broadcast.
BBC Music is searching for original entertainment formats for iPlayer - with a focus on shows with female-appeal.
Sky Sports show Soccer AM is to launch across social media platforms including YouTube and Vine following a partnership with multiplatform network Whistle Sports.
Producers have been urged to think beyond YouTube to platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram when creating online video - but warned that there are no shortcuts to developing bespoke content.
Nigel Walley, managing director of TV consultancy Decipher asks whatever happened to the BBC’s promise to deliver its channels wherever and whenever?
Almost three-quarters of consumers think that there is “room for improvement” among on-demand and live streaming services, according to a study by VoD technology provider Brightcove.
7 Wonder is to produce a four-part interactive history format about pop music for BBC4.
Some 90% of Sky’s Now TV subscribers have never previously considered signing up to a pay-TV service, according to its director Gidon Katz.
The BBC is offering fans of EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing the ability to create their own versions of the shows.
The BBC is to expand the breadth of its children’s output via iPlay - an online service that will become the front door to the corporation’s offering for kids.
ITV has launched an interactive playalong app as a companion to its 2015 Rugby World Cup coverage.
The BBC has floated the idea of launching a Project Kangaroo-style online platform featuring the best of British content from a variety of sources.
Flagship BBC dramas will be made available to “binge watch” on a Netflix-style model via iPlayer as the broadcaster bids to keep pace with evolving audience demands.
Freeview’s connected TV service, featuring iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5, is to launch in October.
Head of Google EMEA Matt Brittin has pledged to work with professional content creators to help grow the level of investment in YouTube.
Amazon has kicked off a hunt for a range of reality formats as the battle between SVoD platforms moves into non-scripted.
The News Media Association (NMA) has called on the BBC to “significantly tighten” the scope of its online news service and collaborate rather than compete with the commercial news sector.
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 has condemned the Turkish government after two of its reporters were charged with terrorist offences.
Peter Fincham has played down the threat of losing out on major shows to VoD services and claimed that Netflix’s £100m commission of The Crown and Amazon’s deal with Jeremy Clarkson were “exceptional things”.
Sky’s Monday Night Football is pushing the boundaries of live graphics, Alex Farber reports
BBC Worldwide has established a dedicated Digital Studio team that will ramp up the volume of online content it creates.
Sky News is to tap into the success of Sarah Koenig’s Serial with the launch of a five-part podcast.
Mobile operator EE has unveiled a host of mobile-first features designed to help personalise its fledgling TV service.
BBC2 has come out on top of a study into which terrestrial broadcaster is the best-performing on social media.
iPlayer’s catch-up and personalisation features are to be extended across multiple platforms to give audiences greater control of the service.
Endemol Shine UK has acquired a majority stake in the animation firm responsible for Simon’s Cat.
Channel 4 is piloting some short-form content via its All 4 Android app to test audience interest before rolling out wider.
Endemol Beyond, the digital arm of Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Georg Ramme as its global managing director.
Amazon Prime Instant Video reversed declines during 2014 to reach 1.2 million UK homes this year – but it remains well behind rival VoD service Netflix, according to the latest Ofcom study.
Channel 4 digital chief Richard Davidson-Houston has lifted the lid on the broadcaster’s burgeoning short-form content strategy after it spent around £1m in its first year.
ITV has taken a minority stake in Channel Mum, the YouTube multichannel network aimed at mothers.
US broadcasters HBO and Showtime are to begin rolling out OTT services internationally.
Producer Andy Wilman’s full interview, which reveals the promise of a big budget and creative freedom sealed the deal for the SVoD service
The BBC is hoping to capture underwater virtual reality footage of some of the world’s most spectacular marine animals as part of a range of innovative content to support live natural history series Big Blue Live.
An animated Richard Osman has been created as part of an app based on Endemol Shine UK’s BBC2 gameshow Two Tribes.
A row has broken out over Channel 4 documentary Muslim Drag Queens, after the creator of a Guardian film with a similar title and subject area claimed to have been sidelined from the project.
Endemol Shine UK’s games developer Bossa Studios has completed a management buyout from the mega-indie.
BT director of TV Alex Green is to become the European boss of Amazon Instant Video – the online service that yesterday struck a landmark deal with the former Top Gear team.
Andy Wilman has lifted the bonnet on the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video, explaining that they will be “left alone” to take the best of their old show and update it for a “new world” audience.
Broadcast rounds up the key facts from the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Prime Video has emerged as the surprise home of the new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson and his former Top Gear team.
Sky is preparing to roll-out Now TV across Europe, aggressively taking on Netflix in the online video space.
The BBC is to invest £100,000 in immersive virtual reality ideas to trial via BBC Taster - its online testing ground for innovative projects.
Audience research organisation Barb will publish figures on the level of on-demand and live-streamed viewing for the first time in September.
Maker Studios has commissioned its first pilot from a UK indie – a GamesMaster-style video game show produced by Somethin’ Else.
Little Dot Studios has set its sights on a move into linear TV production after hiring three Maverick execs, including creative director of digital Dan Jones.
Broadcaster catch-up services are generating increased levels of traffic, with connected consumers more likely to use services such as iPlayer than to watch recorded TV, according to a Mediatel report.
Sky Sports has won the rights to offer near live Premier League digital clips, which will also feature on The Times and The Sun website.
A report on the viewing demographics of iPlayer has found that almost 65m people are bypassing geo-restrictions to access the platform from outside of the UK.
Multiplatform producer Atomized is to follow the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing race after winning a competitive pitch from ad-funded programming business Precious.
Somethin’ Else is to turbocharge the online profile of shows including Geordie Shore, Ex On The Beach and Judge Geordie after picking up a social media contract from MTV.
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.
Veteran comedy producer Charlie Hanson has claimed that BBC3 is no longer his first port of call for pitching new comedy ideas and urged talent to produce and distribute work themselves.
Sassy Films has hired former Fremantle Media and Zodiak Active exec Robert Marsh to set up a dedicated digital division.
Ballista Media is to livestream the unearthing of a rare MRK II Spitfire via its History Hit YouTube channel.
Sky has guaranteed that all of its most popular on-demand programming will be supported by subtitles by next summer.
Social media management agency Gleam Futures has kicked off talks with broadcasters and platforms about securing long-form commissions featuring its portfolio of YouTube talent.
Hunderby’s Kevin Eldon and Outnumbered’s Hugh Dennis are among the stars to have signed up to appear in a slew of comedy pilots from Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible.
TV viewing among young adults has fallen by 18% over the past five years, according to Ofcom.
OTT video service Simplestream has struck deals with broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sony and UKTV to launch a subscription service.
The BBC is attempting to help bridge the digital skills gap by sparking children’s interest in career opportunities in the space.
iPlayer is set to be transformed from its catch-up roots to a digital service that debuts shows ahead of linear TX and features an array of third-party content, after the BBC Trust approved executive plans.
Sky is to launch a dedicated app for children and is hunting for a head of kids’ content after beefing up its library of shows for youngsters.
Vice News’ double win at last week’s Broadcast Digital Awards has added weight to the proposals to move BBC3 online, according to channel controller Damian Kavanagh.
All 4 has ordered a raft of shorts including its latest ad-funded series in partnership with Foster’s.
Good timing, a strong wi-fi connection and a selfie stick are some of the secrets to getting the best out of Periscope, according to Twitter’s UK head of news and government partnerships.
ITV-owned producer Talpa Media has been commissioned to produce a reality format for Chinese digital service Tencent.
BBC Newsbeat has launched its first mobile app, featuring trending tweets, Instagram posts and YouTube clips, to serve younger audiences with relevant news.
Migrant community brand Lebara has launched a set-top box and multiplatform service offering access to a raft of foreign-language channels.
BBC social media manager Rajiv Nathwani is leaving the broadcaster to join Netflix.
BBC current affairs has partnered with ABC News to launch a YouTube channel featuring videos about topical issues, including illegal immigrants and fast fashion.
The BBC has developed an internal iPlayer prototype which can be controlled by viewers’ brainwaves.
Dial Square 86 has put its investment strategy on hold to focus on the launch of an online trading platform designed to shake up the distribution market.
Believe Entertainment Group, ITV’s first digital investment, has revealed plans to co-produce content with other ITV-owned businesses and launch a UK division.
Goal Hanger Films, the indie established last year by Gary Lineker and former ITV Sport controller Tony Pastor, has begun producing live shows for digital sport service Breathe Sport.
Cartoon Network is launching a website to encourage kids to create their own characters and stories.
Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 is hunting for “grabby” factual series with a budget of around £18000.
YouTube and its rivals are set to grow their share of UK viewing to 10% in the next five years – potentially sparking significant investment in original content by broadcasters and indies.
BT is preparing to offer Netflix in ultra high definition and Sky Sports channels in high definition as it prepares to launch its latest Youview set top box.
Discovery is launching a general entertainment and live sports subscription VoD service across Europe.
The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures is in talks with Amazon about a “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood” drama.
The BBC is planning to turbocharge its Instagram profile after an executive claimed that it has learned more about social media from brands, including Burberry, Nike and Netflix, than rival broadcasters.
Increasing opportunity exists for online talent to cross over into TV and film following the success of stars such as Zoella.
BBC3 is to open up its production processes as it bids to reach audiences online, according to the channel’s digital controller.
Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to use live video streaming service Periscope to offer viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of this weekend’s final.
BBC iPlayer requests dropped for the third consecutive month in April prompting platform boss Dan Taylor-Watt to write a blog putting the figures in context.
Vlogging will become a more mainstream form of video content as young fans grow up with the format, according to StyleHaul director of UK talent Jody Flanagan.
More than half of UK homes own a tablet just five years after the devices launched.
Netflix must sign up a further 9m UK subscribers before it is able to compete with Sky for content rights.
Jools Oliver is to feature alongside her husband Jamie in a family-themed YouTube channel produced by Fresh One.
BBC3 digital controller Damian Kavanagh has outlined his ambition for BBC3 to act as a ‘pathfinder’ for the future of digital TV.
Sky is to beef up its VoD library of kids content by 600% - offering subscribers access to around 4000 episodes of shows including Spongebob Squarepants and Horrible Histories.