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Damian Kavanagh

Kavanagh: BBC3 can be digital pioneer for the industry


BBC3 digital controller Damian Kavanagh has outlined his ambition for BBC3 to act as a ‘pathfinder’ for the future of digital TV.

Sky expands kids VoD by 600%


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.

BBC iPlayer

BBC freezes recruitment for digital content director


The BBC has called a temporary halt to its hunt for a digital content director after it struggled to find the right candidate and to allow incoming executive Emma Swain to clarify the remit of the role.


Spotify moves into video


Digital music service Spotify has agreed deals with rights holders including BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central, Maker Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Vice Media as it prepares to feature a raft of audio and video content.   

Endemol Shine reveals digital plans


Endemol Shine UK is to continue to operate its multichannel networks ChannelFlip and Endemol Beyond as separate businesses and handed responsibility for both to commercial director Laurence Jones.


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.

Dubplate Drama

Maker Studios appoints head of international content


Disney-owned multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios has hired Dubplate Drama creator Luke Hyams as head of international content.


Netflix opens up to UK indies


Netflix has opened its doors to the wider UK indie community for the first time, as it hunts for ambitious entertainment and fact ent formats.


Greg James pens pilot for BBC Comedy Feeds


Radio 1 DJ Greg James has co-written a sitcom about a luckless DJ as part of the fourth wave of Comedy Feeds pilots, which will launch on BBC iPlayer later this year.

Cake Boss

Netflix update: SVoD giant hunts six shows a year


More details have emerged of Netflix’s non-scripted commissioning push, with the SVoD giant hunting up to six shows a year.

Amazon returns to Ripper Street


Amazon Prime Instant Video has continued its push into originations by commissioning a further two series of period crime drama Ripper Street.


Viewers set to increase spend on digital content


The average UK household spends £30-35 a year on digital television and movies, with 30% expecting to “significantly increase” their spending over the next two years, according to a study by OC&C Strategy Consultants.


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.


VIDEO: Danny Dyer takes on C4's Two Players Video


Ever wondered what would happen if Danny Dyer and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson teamed up to play video games? Well wonder no more.

The Game

BBC Store to undergo major trial


BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie has confirmed that download-to-own service BBC Store is to enter a major beta trial in June ahead of a full autumn launch.


Icon’s River Monsters to hook viewers on YouTube


Bristol-based indie Icon Films has launched a dedicated YouTube channel for River Monsters, managed by All3Media digital arm Little Dot Studios.

Car Share

Peter Kay sitcom draws 2.8m iPlayer views


Peter Kay’s debut BBC1 sitcom, Car Share, has become iPlayer’s most successful box-set launch after it generated 2.8m requests.

UK Election Debate, CNN

UK Election Debate, CNN

CNN has ambitions for McLaren’s ‘Thought Leadership’ hub beyond its election debates. Alex Farber paid a visit


How to turn digital natives into viewers

Louise Blyth of the BBC Academy asks industry leaders how broadcasters can use online content to drive audience growth


Masterclass: Using Microvideo

BBC Academy’s Paul Buller talks to three microvideo producers.

Million Pound Drop second screen

Broadcast Digital: playalong apps

After seemingly falling through a trapdoor, the second-screen app is on the rise again.

Broadcast Digital

BC Digital

Broadcast Digital - September 2014

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