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Keo Films targets young viewers with launch of K2


Keo Films has launched a division that will inherit the Keo Digital slate and produce content aimed at a young demographic for TV and other platforms.


StyleHaul plans for growth


StyleHaul is to accelerate its growth plans, including the development of 10 online pilots with Fremantle Media, after RTL Group invested nearly £80m in the multichannel network (MCN).


ITV to host online leader debates Video


ITV News is to host five online debates with the leaders of the main political parties to encourage young people to engage with politics.

Staff Room

Wildseed launches YouTube comedy channel Video


Miles Bullough’s digital content company Wildseed Studios has launched its first scripted series since rolling out a dedicated comedy channel on YouTube.

Hat Trick in HIGNFY Twitter trial Video


Hat Trick Productions is trialling transforming Have I Got News For You’s Twitter account into an ongoing satirical profile.

Formula E

Rightster gears up for Formula E push Video


Formula E has struck a deal with content network Rightster to promote the electric racing series online.


Diagonal View in long-form move


Online network Diagonal View is planning a shift into longer-form content after revealing its revenues will pass £3m this year.


Youview set to launch dedicated app section


YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix on to Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated app section.


Netflix confirms Left Bank’s The Crown


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

Youview eyes app push


YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix onto Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated apps section.


BBC Worldwide ready to open Store


BBC Worldwide has revealed its launch and commercial plans for BBC Store after hiring a former Virgin Media and BT executive to lead the download-to-own service.

Whistle Sports

Whistle Sports scores Sky deal


Whistle Sports is to work closely with Sky Sports to help online talent make the jump to TV after the pay-TV broadcaster invested £4.3m in the multiplatform network (MPN).

Russell Howard’s Good News gets YouTube channel Video


Avalon Television is to launch an international YouTube channel for Russell Howard’s Good News that will make the BBC2 show available in countries including the US after it has aired in the UK.


Netflix hires European content exec


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

Jamal Edwards

SBTV sets out TV strategy Video


PPF: SBTV founder Jamal Edwards is keen to transfer his brand of online content to TV - both through VoD services and linear programming.

RTL acquires majority stake in StyleHaul Video


RTL Group has spent more than $107m (£67m) to take control of a fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-channel network that features talent such as Zoella and Pixiwoo.


Bagpuss returns with first app


Animators Smallfilms has resurrected much-loved children’s character Bagpuss for a mobile game which includes a voiceover from Dan Postgate, the son of the show’s creator. 

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  • RTL acquires majority stake in StyleHaul Video


    RTL Group has spent more than $107m (£67m) to take control of a fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-channel network that features talent such as Zoella and Pixiwoo.

  • Strictly Come Dancing embraces Vine Video


    Strictly Come Dancing has generated a record number of Vine video views and plans to adopt Twitter’s live content editing tool for the show’s final. 

  • BT strikes Netflix deal


    BT has struck a deal with Netflix that will allow YouView customers to access the VoD service.

  • Vice plans to help 1m subscribers get involved


    Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers become actively involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1 million YouTube subscribers

  • Dazed renews push for talent


    Youth publisher Dazed & Confused is entering the next phase of its online commissioning drive to unearth emerging talent and help them break through with international broadcasters.

  • Amazon explains Ripper Street slot Video


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed that its customers still want to consume content in a traditional way, and restated that its doors remain open to pitches from UK indies.

  • Maverick eyes brand-funding boost for YouTube channel Video


    Maverick TV, Little Dot Studios and talent agency Gleam are planning to create more brand-supported content on Daily Mix after the YouTube channel passed 500,000 subscribers.

  • Sky invests in US sports MCN Video


    Sky has invested $7m (£4.3m) in a US multichannel sports network as it continues its push to back tech start-up businesses.

  • Kids VoD service arrives on Freesat


    Freesat has extended its portfolio of VoD services with kids service Hopster.

  • Amazon grabs DC Comics' Constantine Video


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

  • Amazon schedules Ripper Street weekly Video


    Amazon has opted to schedule Ripper Street, its first UK commission, in a regular weekly slot rather than follow the Netflix model of releasing the entire series all at once.

  • YouView turns on BBC red button


    YouView has rolled out BBC connected red button services and an updated version of BBC iPlayer to its 1m homes.

  • Sky highlights HBO bond in wake of VoD move


    Jeremy Darroch has underlined Sky’s healthy relationship with HBO after the US premium broadcaster revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer VoD service.

  • Comedy Central courts ‘tribes’


    Comedy Central is preparing an online video gaming and endurance series featuring YouTube star KSI and is hunting more ideas that will appeal to digital “tribes”.

  • Vice News plans to boost engagement Video


    Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers actively become involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1m YouTube subscribers.  

  • Jamal Edwards to speak at Production and Post Forum


    The founder of youth online broadcaster SBTV, Jamal Edwards, has joined the line-up of speakers at Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum.

  • Vice News goes global Video


    Vice News is capitalising on its rapid growth with the launch of seven local newsrooms and local language channels.

  • CBS launches SVoD service


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

  • Facebook hires CNN exec for content push


    Facebook has hired CNN veteran Nick Wren to forge partnerships with media companies.

  • AOL kickstarts original commissioning


    AOL UK has moved into commissioning for the first time, ordering online series fronted by Richard Bacon, Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes.

  • Kantar buys into audio watermarking


    Measurement firm Kantar Media has acquired the audio watermarking arm of Civolution to bolster its second screen presence.

  • ITV hires Little Dot to run YouTube channels


    ITV has agreed a deal with Little Dot Studios to manage its growing network of YouTube channels.

  • Netflix growth stalls following price hike


    Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.

  • EE opens up about IPTV service


    EE is targeting its 10 million mobile customers that do not subscribe to a pay-TV provider with an EE TV set-top box.

  • BBC News condemns China over website clampdown


    BBC news boss Peter Horrocks has condemned the Chinese authorities for “deliberate censorship” after they blocked access to the BBC News website earlier today.

  • Sky backs online video start-up


    Sky has invested $500,000 (£310,000) in Los Angeles-based video aggregator Pluto.TV as it continues to back innovative emerging businesses.

  • VIDEO: Man vs Fly Video


    Click to watch a preview of Gogglebox Entertainment’s format for The Sun’s website - Man vs Fly.

  • Netflix signs European deal with CBS


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

  • China and crime channels launch


    UK indies Raw Cut and True North have both launched YouTube channels in the past week as they look to diversify their revenue streams.

  • ITV reveals digital strategy


    ITV plans to supercharge ITV Player as a live-streaming proposition after a number of high-profile outages during major events, according to its online boss.

  • EE readies set-top box


    Mobile operator EE has launched a set-top box, offering access to the range of Freeview channels and a host of on-demand services.

  • True North looks to China for YouTube channel Video


    True North has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to China as the indie strengthens its ties to the country.

  • BBC iPlayer extends catch-up window Video


    BBC iPlayer has extended its catch-up window for TV and radio shows to 30 days after scrapping its ‘series stacking’ feature.

  • Kantar to launch real-time TV Twitter tool


    Real-time data about the number of people tweeting about television shows is to be made available for the first time as part of a Kantar Media Twitter TV Ratings tool.

  • Barcroft hails VoD deals


    Barcroft Media boss Sam Barcroft has claimed that ad-funded long-form video-on-demand has the potential to become a lucrative revenue source for producers after striking distribution deals with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions.

  • ITV signs Grantchester vicar up to Twitter


    The crime-fighting vicar in ITV’s forthcoming 1950s drama Grantchester is to get his own Twitter account as part of a social media experiment from producer Lovely Day.

  • Tesco puts Blinkbox up for sale


    Blinkbox has been put up for sale by Tesco just three years after it acquired the video streaming service.

  • Barcroft TV signs long-form docs Video


    ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions have signed deals with Barcroft Media to feature a raft of long-form programming on its online video channel.

  • Rightster sets up Arts Council MCN


    Rightster has landed a £1.8m fund from The Arts Council to establish a multi-channel network (MCN) dedicated to the arts.

  • Netflix buys Peaky Blinders for US


    Netflix has acquired BBC2’s period drama Peaky Blinders in the US after striking a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol.

  • Endemol boosts Beyond with gaming channel


    Endemol is beefing up its multichannel network Endemol Beyond with video game channel Legends Of Gaming.

  • AJE ‘gamifies’ doc for online


    An investigative report into illegal pirate fishing is to be ‘gamified’ for an ambitious online Al Jazeera English (AJE) initiative.

  • Screenz and Maverick seek interactive formats


    Israeli second-screen specialist Screenz has forged a partnership with Maverick Television to help it develop interactive formats.

  • Twitter’s TV impact revealed


    Twitter activity can increase the number of viewers tuning in to a show by up to 8%, according to a study by audience measurement firm Kantar Media.