UKTV is set to re-brand pay-TV channel Watch to appeal to a more female-skewing audience.
Twenty Twenty has notched up a super-sized order of dating format First Dates for Channel 4.
Sky is launching a European arts commissioning and production hub in Milan, one of its first major content initiatives since the creation of Sky Europe last year.
Netflix must sign up a further 9m UK subscribers before it is able to compete with Sky for content rights.
More than half of UK homes own a tablet just five years after the devices launched.
CBBC has ordered a further two series of True North’s Junior Vets and expanded the factual format across the UK.
BBC entertainment boss Mark Linsey travelled to Heathrow airport to personally welcome the crew of Top Gear after they flew back to the UK having filmed the controversial Patagonia Christmas special.
Liberty Bell is to produce an entertainment format for Dave in which ordinary people will risk their own money by investing in innovative ideas.
ITV has ordered a series about the birth of animals from Shiver and recommissioned several existing formats from ITV Studios’ factual arm.
Sir Michael Gambon is to take on the role of Winston Churchill for an ITV drama based on his second tenure as prime minister.
BBC2 has pulled the plug on Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 19 years.
ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
US drama The Bastard Executioner, which was created by Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter, is to start filming in Wales this summer after being picked up by cable network FX.
Caroline Raphael, former BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor responsible for ordering comedies including Little Britain and The League of Gentlemen, has joined Penguin Random House Audio.
ITV has ordered an extended second series of Hungry Bear Media game show 1,000 Heartbeats.
Glyndebourne general director David Pickard is to take over from Edward Blakeman as director of BBC Proms at the end of this year’s festival season.
Jools Oliver is to feature alongside her husband Jamie in a family-themed YouTube channel produced by Fresh One.
BBC3 digital controller Damian Kavanagh has outlined his ambition for BBC3 to act as a ‘pathfinder’ for the future of digital TV.
Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games has begun legal proceedings against the BBC over the corporation’s feature-length drama which tells the story of the controversial video game.
Fuji Creative Corporation has sold Dara O Briain’s School of Hard Sums to SBS2 in Australia.
Ballykissangel writer Barry Devlin has penned a pre-watershed drama set in Northern Ireland during World War Two for BBC1.
RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan has ordered a drama series about the 1916 Easter Uprising from Zodiak Media-owned indie Touchpaper Television.
The BBC has estimated it reaches 308m weekly viewers internationally, after combining the reach of its news and entertainment audiences for the first time.
Firecracker Films is to follow Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s attempts to launch a lingerie brand in China for BBC2 in one of three orders picked up by the factual producer.
Night Will Fall, a feature-length production about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, picked up two awards at last night’s Focal International Awards.
James Patterson is priming his crime thriller The Postcard Killers for development as a Scandinavian TV show as the author aims to secure more adaptations.
Dave will move into drama as parent company UKTV prepares to turbocharge the channel with a 70% increase in its budget.
Barriers to entry in the UK television industry remain high, but there are rich rewards for those that get their foot in the door, according to a study published this week.
Channel 4 has backed Sanjay Singhal’s Voltage TV as it continues to spend its £20m Growth Fund.
ITV has taken a major step into the post-Downton era by ordering three high-end dramas that it hopes will ease the departure of the country house smash.
Rain fell in a dull and dreary Los Angeles in May for the first time in many years, but the 2015 LA Screenings began brightly, with British buyers buzzing over a batch of new shows.
Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and plans to forge a new creative partnership with the company.
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.
A BBC3 doc series about young jobseekers unwittingly thrown into care work leads a slate of new Ricochet commissions.
5Productions has picked up its first order from MTV in a fresh slate from the broadcaster which includes Remedy’s first factual entertainment show.
Minnow Films BBC3 drama Glasgow Girls and Mentorn Scotland’s, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate were among the winners at the RTS Scotland Awards 2014.
Radio 4 Extra grew its audience to over 2m weekly listeners, as sister spin-off station Radio 5 Live Sports Extra bolstered its listenership by almost two-thirds on the back of the Cricket World Cup.
Sunset+Vine has clinched a three-year contract to produce Channel 5’s 9pm Football League highlights show.
A number of British broadcasters are lining up to acquire The Late Late Show with James Corden but the show is unlikely to air in the UK before the end of the year.
Freddie Flintoff is to front a BBC2 series that will put super-fit men and women through a series of military-inspired recruitment tests.
Patrick Spence, executive producer of Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the line-up of the Creative Summit 2015, part of Broadcast’s Creative Week.
Crackit Productions, the indie behind Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, has hired former Channel 5 factual and fact ent commissioner Jason Wells as an executive producer.
BBC1 will help long lost relatives win a reunion in an exotic location in a fresh Saturday night National Lottery entertainment format.
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.
Lime Pictures is to delve into the world of clairvoyants for Channel 4 and Nan is to return for a two-part series on BBC1. Click for the rest of today’s news round-up.
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.
A Creative Skillset study has revealed that staff employed in the TV industry are twice as likely to have attended a fee-paying school or have a degree as the national average.
UKTV’s underlying earnings leapt by 10% in 2014 propelled by the broadcaster’s highest ever share of commercial impacts (SOCI), including a surge in viewing on demand.
Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday renewed their plea for fellow indie producers to help them save BBC3 at an event at Bafta last night - prompting Big Talk’s Kenton Allen to openly back the campaign.
The second shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015 has been revealed – featuring nominations in categories including channel of the year, multiplatform project and digital children’s content.
Nominations have opened for the 2015 H.Club 100 awards, at which the Covent Garden club celebrates the most innovative and inspirational people working across the creative industries.
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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.
Versailles, the English-language Canal+ drama written by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, has been pre-sold in Germany and Spain by Zodiak Rights.
Factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes is leaving Channel 5 to launch a non-scripted division at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.
Bafta-winning Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright will write and direct a 1 x 120 minutes film about the Brontë sisters to air on BBC1 next year.
Former Silver River head Daisy Goodwin is to make her screenwriting debut with a Queen Victoria biopic for ITV.
Ofcom has rejected 6,000 complaints about Raw TV’s Channel 4 drama, UKIP: The First 100 Days.
Showtime, the premium cable network responsible for Homeland, is looking to strike wide-ranging international output deals similar to HBO’s deal with Sky Atlantic.
Jude Law is to front an eight-hour miniseries about a fictional, American-born pope for Sky Atlantic and HBO.
Disney-owned multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios has hired Dubplate Drama creator Luke Hyams as head of international content.
Channel 4 has commissioned CB Films to make two-part series examining how people live with issues including pyromania, kleptomania and nymphomania.
Hat Trick’s Paul Cohen lands Pact role, while Keith Lemon’s Kardashians are set to return
Channel 5 wants to supercharge digital channels 5USA and 5* with a raft of US drama acquisitions.
Top Gear is set to be remade in Italy after BBC Worldwide struck the show’s first international format deal since the fracas surrounding Jeremy Clarkson.
Channel 4 has commissioned RDF Television to make a 3 x 60-minutes series of Million Pound Properties off the back of a successful pilot earlier this year.
Working Title Television UK’s Juliette Howell is leaving the NBC Universal joint venture once she has overseen it existing slate.
Lion TV’s quirky BBC3 dating show Sexy Beasts will be remade in China and three other territories after All3Media International sealed a raft of format deals.
Discovery Networks International has commissioned a fast turnaround doc on the two earthquakes that have hit Nepal in the last month.
The pay dispute between ITV and the joint unions rumbled on at the company’s AGM yesterday, with its senior execs standing their ground on the issue.
ITV has commissioned a 2 x 60-minutes series that will ask state and private school teachers and pupils to swap places.
BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh and comedy controller Shane Allen have ordered a third series of Greg Davies sitcom Cuckoo.
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.
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.
Broadcast breaks down the figures for the latest US series set to be picked up around the world
Negotiating a fresh 10-year BBC charter is at the top of the agenda for new culture secretary John Whittingdale.
BBC Worldwide has acquired a 25% stake in a start-up co-founded by one of the creators of The Weakest Link.
E4 has commissioned a second Made In Chelsea spin-off series – this time based in the affluent climes of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
ITV will make boosting audience share a “key focus” for 2015 after its main channel’s ratings fell 6% in the first three months of the year.
ITV has ordered two high-end dramas: and adaptation of Peter Pan with Fortitude star Stanley Tucci as Hook; and epic series set in the “wild west” of the Yorkshire Dales in the 19th century.
Film4 boards distribution of Amy Winehouse doc.
The discovery of pirate Captain Kidd’s treasure will form the centrepiece of an eight-part October Films series for History, which will be broadcast around the world.
BBC4 is on the hunt for slow TV ideas on a bigger scale following the success of its Goes Slow season, which featured a canal trip and glassblowing.
Israeli production company Keshet has won its first commission based on IP developed in the UK: a workplace dating format for ITVBe.
New BBC documentaries and drama heads are broadly welcomed by production community
Channel 4 is to head to the The Island with Bear Grylls for a third time after recommissioning the Bafta-winning show.
More details have emerged of Netflix’s non-scripted commissioning push, with the SVoD giant hunting up to six shows a year.
London Live is to launch a Live from London strand covering local events, such as Pride and two-day music festival Field Day.
Broadcast has compiled a network-by-network guide to the dramas and comedies picked up ahead of the LA Screenings.
The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.
BBC1 has commissioned a four-part adaptation of classic kids novel Watership Down.
Comedy Central looks to ramp up online plans, Channel 4 maintains its interest in cars, and Al Jazeera English gets a new boss.
The BBC is developing an adaption of Hilary Mantel’s French revolution novel A Place of Greater Safety following the success of Wolf Hall.
Tony Hall has prepared BBC staff for “lively and robust debate” ahead of charter renewal, and asked them to be “bold and inventive” about the corporation’s future.
Decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee will be put back on the agenda during charter renewal negotiations later this year.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has continued its push into originations by commissioning a further two series of period crime drama Ripper Street.
Objective Productions head of comedy Ben Caudell is to become Channel 4 head of entertainment as the commercial broadcaster finalises the team’s new structure.
Pact has hired former Fox executive David Lyle as the first president of its US division.
Outgoing BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson has made the case for an increase in the licence fee as he prepares to leave the corporation this week.
Sky 1 has ordered a fast-turnaround documentary on the Nepal earthquake.
Newly-appointed shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has argued that he faces a “big job” in fighting for the future of the BBC.
The National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Unite will stage a protest at ITV’s annual general meeting on Thursday as members go on strike over pay.
The Office is set for a renewed global formats push after BBC Worldwide secured access to nearly 200 scripts from the US version of the hit British comedy.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has urged the attorney general of Panama to press charges against the producers of The Island With Bear Grylls over the “abhorrent” treatment of pigs on the show.
Ten Downing Street has confirmed that Ed Vaizey will continue as a culture minister.
Former Culture, Media and Sport Committee (CMSC) chairman John Whittingdale has been named culture secretary as part of David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle.
Sky, Channel 4 and UKTV have had a number of their acquired dramas and comedies cancelled as US networks make room for new series.
Superhero series, medical dramas and movie adaptations are to fill the schedules of the US networks over the next 12 months as the broadcasters unveil their annual programming slates.