John Smithson’s Arrow Media and The Valleys producer True North are among the first companies to win investment from Channel 4’s £20m Growth Fund.
Television has become a ruder and more frustrating place to work for UK indies over the past 12 months, with commissioning standards at the BBC in particular going backwards.
Netflix is in talks to come on board for a new Channel 4 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities, which will be produced by Parade’s End indie Mammoth Screen.
Gary Lineker has established his own production company in an effort to grow his international profile and get more involved in work behind the camera.
Twofour Group has outlined the next phase of its restructure, including the creation of Twofour Wales and several key appointments and promotions.
ITV is to mix the old with the new by resurrecting Stars In Their Eyes “with a twist” and ordering the first hypnotism format on British TV for several years.
Shine Group chief executive Alex Mahon has called on broadcasters and producers to publish figures on the social make-up of their workforce in a bid to boost industry diversity.
24 Hours To Go Broke indie Renegade Pictures will hunt for the world’s best talent in a “part travelogue, part variety” hybrid format for UKTV’s Watch.
A raft of big-budget US acquisitions are set to be unveiled over the next few weeks as British broadcasters conclude their efforts to land this year’s offerings from the LA Screenings.
The vast majority of primetime entertainment shows are failing to refl ect the diversity of the British population, according to the first findings of a major Broadcast- backed study.
Acting BBC3 controller Sam Bickley wants to build on recent factual drama successes and still has gaps to fill in the youth channel’s 2015 schedule.
Production network Greenbird and super-indie Argonon are both setting up new Scottish production companies.
BBC2 is to explore black British history in a landmark documentary series fronted by British-Nigerian historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.
Channel 4 is developing further ideas with Raw TV in a bid to broaden its use of the indie’s digital rig, the smartphone monitoring technology that formed the backbone of university doc The Secret Life Of Students.
7Digital plans to target the “passive massive” with a host of “lean-back” digital radio services following its tie-up with radio production company UBC Media.
TUESDAY: BBC1’s pregnancy drama In The Club delivered a series high, as Channel 4’s Worst Place To Be A Pilot made a steady take off.
“There won’t have been many dog owners watching who didn’t learn something useful.”
The latest edition of Talking TV runs the rule over the BBC Trust’s television services review and Sky’s 70% stake in Love Productions.
If Scotland says Yes, my vote is for St Tropez, says Steven D Wright