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BBC1 to shake up Saturday night with Tom Hardy drama

2-Dec-2016

BBC1 will ‘reinvent’ its approach to drama next year by carving out a new post-watershed slot for the genre on Saturday nights.

  • In brief: All3Media; High Noon

    2-Dec-2016

    All3Media has appointed a chief executive for its Dutch subsidiary IDTV, while Cake Boss producer High Noon has made a round of promotions.

  • Sun Military Awards producer to head CTVC

    2-Dec-2016

    Not-for-profit indie CTVC has hired the producer of ITV’s Sun Military Awards as its chief executive.

  • Holby exec to oversee BBC Studios continuing drama

    1-Dec-2016

    Holby City and Casualty executive producer Oliver Kent has been appointed to the new role of head of continuing drama in BBC Studios’ scripted division.

  • David Lammy 'shocked' by DCMS decision

    1-Dec-2016

    David Lammy has slammed culture secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to block the appointment of a BAME woman to the board of Channel 4 as “shocking” and called on the MP to “explain herself”.

  • Exit puts David Bergg in spotlight

    1-Dec-2016

    ITV scheduling chief David Bergg is finally in the spotlight as the broadcaster’s “prince of darkness” prepares to leave after 15 years.

  • Planet Earth II exec backs strong relationship with BBC

    1-Dec-2016

    Planet Earth II executive producer Mike Gunton has described the “magnetic pull” that the BBC exerts on the Natural History Unit, even as BBC Studios prepares for commercialisation.

  • Kevin Lygo puts fun at heart of ITV

    1-Dec-2016

    Kevin Lygo has placed fun and entertainment at the heart of his new-look ITV schedule and will use US-style entertainment chat show The Nightly Show to “extend the primetime feeling” of the channel.

  • TVF International brings in new bosses

    30-Nov-2016

    TVF International is restructuring its executive ranks as director of programming Alice Hamlett steps down after eight years with the distributor.

  • Keating leads C4 non-exec appointments

    29-Nov-2016

    Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors including former BBC2 controller Roly Keating to the board of Channel 4.

  • BBC Wales appoints commissioning boss

    28-Nov-2016

    BBC Wales head of development Nick Andrews has been appointed head of commissioning across the regional division’s television, iPlayer and interactive platforms.

  • End of an era as ITV's David Bergg steps down

    28-Nov-2016

    ITV director of programme strategy David Bergg is to leave the broadcaster after 15 years, to be replaced by Rosemary Newell.

  • Obituary: Darryl Noad, lighting director

    28-Nov-2016

    Darryl Noad, award-winning lighting director, passed away on Friday 18th November after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 57.

  • CITV boss faces the axe

    25-Nov-2016

    ITV is restructuring kids channel CITV in a move that could see the departure of kids chief Jamila Metran.

  • BBC kicks off commissioner shake-up

    25-Nov-2016

    Commissioners across factual and comedy are set to lose their jobs as part of the latest stage of the BBC’s cost-cutting drive.

  • Wainwright awarded Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship

    24-Nov-2016

    Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright will develop stories exploring science and health

  • DCMS holds up Channel 4 appointments

    22-Nov-2016

    The DCMS is holding up the appointment of five Channel 4 non-executive directors recommended by Ofcom in what has been labelled an “unprecedented” move.

  • C5 rebrands in-house production arm

    22-Nov-2016

    Channel 5 is rebranding its in-house production arm 5Production and is searching for a factual boss as it broadens its remit across Viacom channels and international broadcasters.

  • Creative Skillset hunts aspiring series producers

    22-Nov-2016

    Creative Skillset is hunting for the next generation of series producers after launching its scheme for aspiring executives for the second year running.

  • Atlantic Productions expands exec ranks

    21-Nov-2016

    Conquest of the Skies indie Atlantic Productions has made a number of key promotions within its UK team.

  • Wall to Wall boosts drama division

    18-Nov-2016

    New Tricks producer Wall to Wall has made two new hires to boost its drama division.

  • Discovery hires VR exec

    18-Nov-2016

    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.

  • BBCW hires former ITVS GE sales boss

    18-Nov-2016

    BBC Worldwide has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment sales director Andre Renaud as vice-president of sales for Italy and Iberia.

  • Claudia Rosencrantz leaves Jamie Oliver Group

    17-Nov-2016

    Claudia Rosencrantz is leaving Jamie Oliver Media Group after four years at the business.

  • NHU producer joins Plimsoll

    17-Nov-2016

    The series producer of Planet Earth II is to join Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions as the business expands its highend wildlife output.

  • BBC4 to show more emotion

    17-Nov-2016

    BBC4 controller Cassian Harrison has revealed a corporation-wide drive to move away from the ‘Reithian mode’ of storytelling in favour of greater emotional engagement.

  • Zai Bennett named Sky supremo

    17-Nov-2016

    Sky has overhauled its content team, with Zai Bennett effectively taking over Stuart Murphy’s old role days after Phil Edgar-Jones replaced Celia Taylor as non-scripted boss.

  • 5 live producer to edit Question Time

    16-Nov-2016

    Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as Question Time editor following Nicolai Gentchev’s promotion.

  • Talkback appoints head of development

    16-Nov-2016

    QI indie Talkback has appointed Laura Gibson to the role of head of development.

  • Shillinglaw makes first Dragonfly hire

    16-Nov-2016

    Kim Shillinglaw has made her first hire as director of factual of Endemol Shine UK – bringing in Raw TV’s head of factual Richard Bond.

  • Abraham: clarity top of my Xmas list

    16-Nov-2016

    A decision about the future of Channel 4 is top of David Abraham’s “Christmas wish list”, as he claimed clarity was long overdue.

  • Whisper hires Top Gear director

    15-Nov-2016

    Channel 4-backed indie Whisper Films is expanding beyond sports after appointing former Top Gear director Jim Wiseman to launch a factual entertainment division.

  • Eleven ups executive ranks

    15-Nov-2016

    Foreign Bodies producer Eleven has bolstered its executive ranks with the appointments of NBC Universal’s Dan Cheesbrough and Sherlock Holmes producer Kate Murrell.

  • Toby Gorman joins A. Smith & Co

    15-Nov-2016

    Tinopolis Group-owned producer A. Smith & Co. has tapped FremantleMedia North America’s Toby Gorman to lead its entertainment division.

  • Claudia Lewis returns to the BBC

    15-Nov-2016

    Four Rooms producer Claudia Lewis has returned to the BBC to boost its in-house science division.

  • Firecracker sets up Scottish base

    14-Nov-2016

    Big Fat Gypsy Weddings indie Firecracker Films has set up a regional base in Glasgow.

  • Comedy commissioner departs Sky Video

    14-Nov-2016

    Sky comedy commissioner Ben Boyer has left the commercial broadcaster to return to the US.

  • Aaqil Ahmed to leave BBC Studios

    11-Nov-2016

    BBC Studios head of religion and ethics Aaqil Ahmed is to leave the corporation after a 20-year career as his department becomes part of the newly-formed Factual Scotland division.

  • Celia Taylor to leave Sky

    10-Nov-2016

    Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor is leaving the broadcaster after seven years.

  • Optomen formats boss joins BBC Studios

    10-Nov-2016

    BBC Studios has appointed Optomen TV development director Jon Swain to lead its newly-formed popular factual unit.

  • Sara Geater appointed Pact chair

    9-Nov-2016

    All3Media chief operating officer Sara Geater has been appointed chair of Pact in an uncontested election.

  • Fincham and Hincks forge partnership

    9-Nov-2016

    Former ITV director of television Peter Fincham and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks have jointly established a production business, following months of speculation that they will work together.

  • Reef TV managing director departs

    9-Nov-2016

    Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan is leaving the business after more than a decade, sparking a senior management restructure.

  • Kate Maddigan leaves ITV

    8-Nov-2016

    ITV entertainment commissioning editor Kate Maddigan has left the broadcaster after her role was made redundant as part of Brexit-related cost savings.

  • BBC plans analysis-led 'slow news'

    7-Nov-2016

    BBC News director James Harding wants to introduce “slow news” to balance what he sees as an “unrelenting” modern news cycle.

  • BBC stars slam radio tendering plans

    7-Nov-2016

    Andrew Marr, Jarvis Cocker and Kirsty Lang are among the BBC Radio talent to have urged the government to reconsider plans to put 60% of output out to tender.

  • BT Sport exec to head My5 channel

    4-Nov-2016

    BT Sport exec Chris Neilson has been hired as channel lead of Channel 5’s newly-launched My5 TV, a free-to-air channel based on its on-demand service.

  • David Brindley lands BBC factual role

    4-Nov-2016

    The BBC has hired Channel 4 factual commissioner David Brindley to head its renamed popular factual and factual entertainment department.

  • Steve November joins Lionsgate

    4-Nov-2016

    Former ITV drama chief Steve November has resurfaced at Mad Men producer Lionsgate’s UK TV division.

  • Morrison, Liddiment & Graham to back indie start-ups

    3-Nov-2016

    Steve Morrison, David Liddiment and the other All3Media co-founders have joined forces with Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham to become angel investors, backing the next generation of true indies.

  • Deputy editor to leave ITV News

    2-Nov-2016

    ITV News’ deputy editor and director of newsgathering Tim Singleton is to leave the broadcaster after 24 years.

  • Carnival hires head of development

    2-Nov-2016

    Kudos’ head of development Joanna Strevens is to join Downton Abbey indie Carnival Films in the same role. 

  • Whisper recruits C4 commissioning executive

    1-Nov-2016

    Channel 4 TV events and sport commissioning executive Andy Stevenson has joined sports indie Whisper Films as a development producer.

  • Scott Free London hires Origin exec as MD

    1-Nov-2016

    Scott Free London, the UK film and television division of Ridley Scott’s company, has poached Origin Pictures boss Ed Rubin to become managing director.

  • Bakish takes top job as Viacom merges int'l and US units

    1-Nov-2016

    MTV and Channel 5 owner Viacom has merged its international division with its US channel group and appointed Bob Bakish as acting president and chief executive.

  • Fox Networks Group promotes Fraser

    31-Oct-2016

    International distributor Fox Networks Group has promoted Prentiss Fraser to managing director of content distribution.

  • CDN appoints executive director

    31-Oct-2016

    British Film Institute diversity manager Deborah Williams has been appointed as executive director of Creative Diversity Network.

  • Bob Bakish tipped to become Viacom boss

    28-Oct-2016

    Viacom International Media Networks boss Bob Bakish is tipped to become interim chief executive of parent company Viacom as the company inches closer to a merger with CBS.

  • Attenborough: too much cooking on TV

    27-Oct-2016

    TV has become saturated with cooking and gardening shows, according to former BBC2 controller David Attenborough.

  • Blakeway hires new MD

    27-Oct-2016

    Zinc Media-owned indie Blakeway has appointed producer Lucy van Beek as managing director.

  • Sister Pictures hires Humans exec

    27-Oct-2016

    Humans producer Chris Fry has joined his old boss Jane Featherstone as an executive producer at Sister Pictures.

  • Studio Lambert eyes entertainment

    26-Oct-2016

    Studio Lambert is moving into shiny floor entertainment for the first time with the launch of a label run by a former series producer of The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother.

  • 120 jobs to go as Brexit bites ITV

    24-Oct-2016

    ITV is to make 120 jobs redundant across its business to “futureproof” following Brexit.

  • Obituary: James Zafar, set designer

    24-Oct-2016

    Tributes have been paid to James Barrie Zafar, set designer of Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, who has died at age 48 after a battle with cancer.

  • ITV shuts down northern drama hub

    24-Oct-2016

    ITV Studios has disbanded its northern drama hub, making four jobs redundant, as it continues to contribute towards ITV’s £25m of planned Brexit savings.

  • Bob Shennan appointed BBC director of radio

    20-Oct-2016

    Radio 2 and 6 Music boss Bob Shennan has been appointed director of BBC Radio following last month’s promotion of James Purnell.

  • Adam Jacobs to leave DNI

    20-Oct-2016

    Discovery Networks International executive producer Adam Jacobs is leaving the company after more than 10 years, while VP programming for Nordics and Benelux Paul Edwards is also exiting.

  • BBC drama chief joins Euston Films

    20-Oct-2016

    Drama chief Hilary Martin is leaving the BBC and re-joining former colleague Simon Judd to establish a Manchester base for Euston Films.

  • Shonda Rhimes eyes UK project

    20-Oct-2016

    Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed that she is eager to create a show for the UK and is eyeing the possibility of tapping intoDisney’s increasingly international production presence.

  • Damian Collins appointed CMS chair

    19-Oct-2016

    Conservative MP Damian Collins has been elected chair of the culture, media and sport select committee.

  • Tony Blackburn returns to the BBC

    19-Oct-2016

    Tony Blackburn is to return to the BBC, eight months after he claimed to have been sacked by the corporation.

  • Vice News staffs up

    18-Oct-2016

    Nightly show Vice News Tonight is to launch on Vice in the UK as the fledgling broadcaster staffs up its newsroom with eight hires.

  • Doc/Fest appoints director of film

    18-Oct-2016

    Luke W Moody, currently head of film at Britdoc, has been confirmed as the new director of film programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

  • Neil Grant to leave Films of Record

    17-Oct-2016

    Films of Record managing director Neil Grant is to leave the Bafta-winning indie to become creative director of Welsh production company Avanti Media.

  • Tory MPs compete to chair select committee

    14-Oct-2016

    Conservative MPs Damian Collins and Helen Grant will go head-to-head to become chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.

  • Popkorn bolsters branded entertainment team

    14-Oct-2016

    Rich Kids of Instagram indie Popkorn TV has continued its “fight against the super-indies” by bolstering its branded entertainment team.

  • Pippa Lambert to move to the US

    13-Oct-2016

    TV agent Pippa Lambert is to relocate from London to Los Angeles after joining WME.

  • Canada's Blue Ant launches UK indie

    13-Oct-2016

    Canadian media company Blue Ant Media is opening a UK production hub with former Nerd TV co-founder and managing director Jago Lee joining as creative director.

  • BBC Studios culls 300 jobs

    13-Oct-2016

    BBC Studios is to make around 300 staff redundant across all of its major genres, with factual bearing the brunt.

  • Dan Korn to join A+E Networks

    12-Oct-2016

    Former Discovery commissioner Dan Korn is to join A+E Networks as vice president of programming.

  • Dickson and Charker-Phillips to leave ITV Studios

    12-Oct-2016

    Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips are to leave ITV Studios to establish Label 1 in the indie sector.

  • Tom Watson named shadow culture secretary

    10-Oct-2016

    Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has been appointed shadow culture secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle.

  • Creative Skillset expands production manager course

    7-Oct-2016

    Creative Skillset has made additional London places available on a new Production Co-ordinator course due to overwhelming demand.

  • Matthew Read to exit the BBC

    7-Oct-2016

    BBC drama commissioner Matthew Read is to leave the BBC at the end of the year to ‘focus on other projects’.

  • Twofour founder chairs creative agency

    5-Oct-2016

    Twofour founder Charles Wace has been appointed as chairman of Beagle as the creative agency prepares to expand into original content production.

  • Alaska TV hires head of development

    4-Oct-2016

    Fishing Impossible indie Alaska TV has hired former Blakeway North and Blast Films exec Georgina Madley as head of development.

  • Audio Network hires CEO from StudioCanal

    4-Oct-2016

    StudioCanal chief operating officer Robb Smith joining Audio Network as group chief executive.

  • ITVS bolsters entertainment team

    3-Oct-2016

    ITV Studios entertainment boss Angela Jain has bolstered her senior team, appointing a creative director of development and director of entertainment in the north.

  • Betty exec joins 7 Wonder

    3-Oct-2016

    Betty’s director of programmes Duncan Coates is to join 7 Wonder as its first creative director.

  • James Purnell handed BBC radio brief

    30-Sep-2016

    James Purnell is to take responsibility for the BBC’s audio division after Helen Boaden revealed she will retire in March.

  • ITVS entertainment head departs

    30-Sep-2016

    ITV Studios’ Sumi Connock creative director of entertainment is leaving the company after almost eight years.

  • The Garden's Wise sets up VR indie

    29-Sep-2016

    The Garden’s director of programmes David Wise is leaving the ITV-owned indie to set up a virtual reality start-up.

  • BBCW boosts Lookout stake

    29-Sep-2016

    BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in War And Peace producer Lookout Point and laid out a path to taking full ownership of the firm.

  • Nick Fraser exits BBC

    28-Sep-2016

    BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser has left his role after nineteen years to launch SVOD documentary platform Yaddo.

  • CBBC's Muller leaves for Milkshake!

    28-Sep-2016

    Channel 5 has appointed CBBC’s Sarah Muller as head of children’s programming, replacing Jess Symons who left earlier this year.

  • ITV restructures drama team

    28-Sep-2016

    ITV has restructured its drama team, making two of its scripted commissioners redundant.

  • McArdle returns to Electric Ray

    27-Sep-2016

    Studio Lambert deputy head of development Natalie McArdle has returned to Electric Ray five months after leaving the indie.

  • BBC Radio boss set to retire

    27-Sep-2016

    BBC director of radio Helen Boaden is preparing to announce her retirement – a move that would allow the corporation to finalise its management reshuffle.

  • Studio Ramsay hires Chris Brogden

    26-Sep-2016

    Gordon Ramsay’s fledgling indie has hired Tinopolis creative director of entertainment Chris Brogden as chief creative officer.

  • Matt LeBlanc signs two-year Top Gear deal

    26-Sep-2016

    Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc has signed a two series deal with the BBC to return to the motoring show.

  • 360Production appoints factual boss

    26-Sep-2016

    Digging for Britain indie 360Production has appointed Renegade Pictures executive producer Belinda Cherrington as its first director of UK factual.

  • Sky Vision bolsters senior team

    23-Sep-2016

    Sky Vision has strengthened its senior team with a number of hires including PBS Distribution boss Gillian Rose, who will lead sales in the US.

  • Ken MacQuarrie named BBC regional chief

    23-Sep-2016

    Long-serving director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie has been appointed as the corporation’s new director of nations and regions.

  • Hello Halo hires development chief

    22-Sep-2016

    Glasgow-based indie Hello Halo has appointed Mentorn development executive Natalie Hill as head of development.

  • Remarkable makes senior hires

    21-Sep-2016

    Remarkable has bolstered its senior team by creating head of factual and head of entertainment roles.