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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.

  • Youngest snares Victory exec


    Youngest Media, the indie established by former Endemol execs David Flynn and Lucas Church, has hired a former Victory Television executive as its entertainment boss.

  • Sacked BBC journalist awarded £50k


    Chandana Keerthi Bandara, a BBC journalist working on its Sri Lankan Sinhala service, has been awarded £50,000 compensation by an employment tribunal after his failure to prioritise news of Prince George’s birth contributed to his dismissal in 2015.

  • Geater named Bafta commercial chair


    All3Media chief operating officer Sara Geater has been appointed chair of the Bafta commercial committee, replacing media lawyer Medwyn Jones.

  • Syco business head joins Objective


    Objective has hired a chief operating officer from Syco.

  • 5 News editor moves to Sky


    5 News editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires has been appointed director of content at Sky News.

  • Alison Sharman lands indie job


    Former ITV exec Alison Sharman has joined Thoroughly Modern Media, the fledgling indie that produced Heston’s Dinner In Space.

  • Plimsoll appoints chairman


    Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF exec Grant Mansfield, has appointed Paddy Sellers as its first chairman.

  • John Cleese: TV execs have no idea


    TV executives have “no idea what they are doing” and should put more trust in talent, according to comedian John Cleese.

  • Rona Fairhead to step down


    Rona Fairhead will not lead the BBC’s forthcoming unitary board after prime minister Theresa May requested that she reapply for the job.

  • Tessa Ross indie makes key hires


    House Productions, the indie established by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell, has hired three executives to its development team.

  • Shane Allen backs female talent


    BBC head of comedy commissioning Shane Allen has highlighted the importance of backing female talent in the wake of the loss of Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne.

  • Zodiak UK boss to depart


    Rod Henwood is to leave Zodiak Media 12 months after it merged with Banijay.

  • Broad Bean's Joff Powell joins BBCW


    BBC Worldwide has hired former Lion executive Joff Powell as commissioning editor for its portfolio of international channels.

  • The Island exec producer joins Blast


    The Island exec Alf Lawrie is leaving Shine to join Blast! Films.

  • Matt Hancock backs 'success, access and synthesis'


    Minster for digital and culture Matt Hancock has flagged “success, access and synthesis” as the three cornerstone principles of his strategy for the creative industries.

  • Kirkham confirmed as BBC factual boss


    Back In Time For Dinner commissioner Alison Kirkham has been confirmed as the BBC’s head of factual commissioning, more than a year after being installed in the role on a temporary basis.

  • Roy Ackerman exits Pulse Films


    Pulse Films unscripted boss Roy Ackerman has left the indie after just over a year and will be replaced by creative director Emma Cooper.

  • Rivera resurfaces as Eurosport digital chief


    Former BBC digital chief Ralph Rivera has been appointed as managing director of Eurosport’s digital division.

  • Wall To Wall hires factual development boss


    BBC development executive Lucy Bacon has joined Wall to Wall as head of factual development.

  • David Mortimer to leave NBCU


    David Mortimer is to leave NBC Universal after three years spent leading its international formats charge.

  • All 4 commissioner joins Flynn indie


    Former Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner Jody Smith has joined David Flynn and Lucas Church’s fledgling indie.

  • Diversity chief Ariss to leave CDN


    Diversity chief Amanda Ariss is to leave the Creative Diversity Network after 18 months in the role.

  • Sony hires Warner Bros sales exec


    Sony Pictures Television has bolstered its UK distribution team with the hire of Warner Bros exec Dee Robertson.

  • Avalon hires former Shine COO


    Avalon has hired former Shine exec Tim Robinson as chief operating officer.

  • Moore and Holland hail ‘empowering’ BBC structure


    BBC content chiefs Charlotte Moore and Patrick Holland have claimed that the new commissioning structure will “empower” creatives rather than centralise decision-making.

  • Latimer hires BBCW & Vice execs


    Youth programming producer Latimer has hired former executives from BBC Worldwide and Vice Media after securing investment earlier this year.

  • BBC Studios appoints NHU chief


    BBC Studios has appointed veteran wildlife producer Julian Hector as head of the Natural History Unit.

  • Splash! contestant makes complaint against Twofour


    Twofour has received a letter from solicitors representing a former contestant on ITV’s diving format Splash! who claims he sustained life-changing injuries during the competition.

  • OSF hires development Hot Shot


    Natural history producer Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) has poached BBC Studios development executive Michael Philo.

  • Sharon Horgan: scrap comedy briefs


    Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan used the Alternative MacTaggart lecture to call for comedy commissioners to be less prescriptive.

  • Patrick Holland: BBC2 needs fact-ent


    Newly appointed BBC2 editor Patrick Holland has called for producers to bring him factual entertainment shows, saying the channel is not pitched enough.

  • Mercury Media founder dies aged 53


    Tim Sparke, the founder of international distribution house Mercury Media, has died at the age of 53.

  • Culture minister backs Diamond diversity


    It is economically “critical” for the TV industry to become more diverse, according to culture minister Matt Hancock, who has lent his support to the Diamond initiative.

  • TV’s class divide laid bare


    The class divisions in the television industry are laid bare in a report that reveals that people in the media are three times more likely to have attended a private or selective grammar school than the national average.

  • Roughcut appoints comedy chief


    Roughcut TV executive producer Alex Smith has been promoted to head of comedy.

  • Woodcut and Duchess Street pick up Green Door exec


    Nicholas Yearwood has left Idris Elba’s indie Green Door Pictures exec to join Bob & Co-backed indies Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions as a consultant executive producer.

  • Mark Thompson: don't force BBC to reveal talent pay


    Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has criticised plans to force the BBC to reveal how much it pays its top talent.

  • IWC signs Richard Klein


    Former ITV director of factual Richard Klein is set to join IWC Media as creative director after leaving the commercial broadcaster in February, Broadcast can reveal.

  • CTBF boss Richard Wilson dies


    Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Richard Wilson has died aged 58, following a short illness.

  • Emma Swain to leave the BBC


    BBC’s former factual boss Emma Swain is to leave the corporation after 20 years.

  • BriteSpark Films staffs up


    BriteSpark Films has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of ITN’s David Tshulak as head of development and Studio Lambert’s Vics Wilson as production executive.

  • Caitlin Moran slams lack of working class comedies Video


    Caitlin Moran has branded the lack of female working class British comedies “shameful” after Channel 4 cancelled her Raised By Wolves sitcom.  

  • Discovery creates international branding role


    Discovery International has promoted Paul Welling to a newly-created role focused on the network’s brands and events.

  • Danny Cohen backs Tessa Ross indie


    Access Entertainment, the media investment firm run by former BBC boss Danny Cohen, has joined forces with BBC Worldwide to back Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s new indie House Productions.

  • Barcroft hires News UK exec Video


    Barcroft Media has hired the former managing editor of FHM and Heat following its investment from Channel 4.

  • C4 appoints deputy head of factual


    The Murder Detectives commissioner Amy Flanagan has been promoted to deputy head of factual at Channel 4.

  • Danny Cohen to exec Harry Potter spin-off


    Former BBC director of television Danny Cohen is to executive produce a forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie.

  • Fags, Mags & Bags producer sets up radio indie


    Gus Beattie, the producer behind long-running BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags & Bags is setting up a production company.

  • BBC develops Reeves and Mortimer sketch show


    Vic Reeves is developing a sketch show with BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen inspired by early 90s comedy stage show Vic Reeves Big Night Out.

  • Sharon Horgan gives Alternative MacTaggart


    Catastrophe and Pulling co-creator Sharon Horgan is to deliver the Alternative MacTaggart at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

  • Naked hires Text Santa producer


    Naked Entertainment, the indie established by former Fox and Discovery commissioner Simon Andreae, has hired Text Santa producer Matthew Cox.

  • Keo Films makes trio of hires


    Keo Films has made a raft of new appointments: a head of digital and executive producer in the UK, and a managing director in Australia.

  • Fox eyes original UK drama


    UK pay-TV channel Fox is set to kick off a hunt for a British drama to match The Walking Dead after hiring Keshet exec Sara Johnson as its scripted drama chief.

  • No charges for Chris Evans over sexual assault claims


    The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it will not be pursuing further action in relation to historical sexual assault claims made against former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans.

  • Faith Penhale lifts lid on Lookout Point


    War And Peace producer Lookout Point is to ramp up development of “big drama in intimate stories” after installing former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale as joint chief executive.

  • Remarkable hires entertainment development chief


    Pointless producer Remarkable has hired Possessed development executive Paul Brassey and promoted Dom Waugh as it refreshes its creative team.

  • Lorraine Heggessey backs data firm


    Former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey is set to join the board of data science firm Pivigo after backing the firm through her angel investment scheme.

  • ITV prepares for £25m Brexit cuts


    ITV is preparing to make redundanies as it looks to make £25m of cuts in the wake of the EU referendum but has stressed that programming budgets will not be affected.

  • Humans exec launches drama indie


    Derek Wax, the Kudos executive producer responsible for shows including BBC1’s Capital and Channel 4’s Humans, has struck out on his own with an Endemol Shine Group-backed indie.

  • Sky recruits comedy commissioner


    Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy.

  • DCD Rights poaches Passion exec


    DCD Rights has hired Passion Distribution exec Philippa Chuter as it grows its factual programming ambitions.

  • Damian Collins eyes select committee chair role


    Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe Damian Collins has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next chair of the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.