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BBC1 to shake up Saturday night with Tom Hardy drama


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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • BBC Wales appoints commissioning boss


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • DCMS holds up Channel 4 appointments


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Wall to Wall boosts drama division


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

  • Discovery hires VR exec


    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


    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


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

  • NHU producer joins Plimsoll


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Talkback appoints head of development


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

  • Shillinglaw makes first Dragonfly hire


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Firecracker sets up Scottish base


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

  • Comedy commissioner departs Sky Video


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

  • Aaqil Ahmed to leave BBC Studios


    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


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

  • Optomen formats boss joins BBC Studios


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

  • Sara Geater appointed Pact chair


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

  • Fincham and Hincks forge partnership


    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


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

  • Kate Maddigan leaves ITV


    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'


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Steve November joins Lionsgate


    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


    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


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

  • Carnival hires head of development


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

  • Whisper recruits C4 commissioning executive


    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


    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


    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


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

  • CDN appoints executive director


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

  • Bob Bakish tipped to become Viacom boss


    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


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

  • Blakeway hires new MD


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

  • Sister Pictures hires Humans exec


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

  • Studio Lambert eyes entertainment


    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


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

  • Obituary: James Zafar, set designer


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Tony Blackburn returns to the BBC


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

  • Vice News staffs up


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Canada's Blue Ant launches UK indie


    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


    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


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

  • Dickson and Charker-Phillips to leave ITV Studios


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • ITVS bolsters entertainment team


    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


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

  • James Purnell handed BBC radio brief


    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


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

  • The Garden's Wise sets up VR indie


    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


    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


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

  • CBBC's Muller leaves for Milkshake!


    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


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

  • McArdle returns to Electric Ray


    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


    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


    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


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

  • 360Production appoints factual boss


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Remarkable makes senior hires


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