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Leading industry figures have hailed “pathological problem-solver” Peter Bazalgette as the right man to maintain ITV’s momentum when he takes over as chairman later this year.
Channel 5’s pursuit of younger, more affluent viewers has taken a step forward with a major onscreen facelift and a raft of fresh, broader commissions.
FRIDAY: Mr Selfridge was dented by the return of Shetland– as Channel 5’s Lip Sync Battle outperformed First Dates.
FRIDAY: Channel 5’s latest entertainment format Lip Sync Battle got underway in front of a crowd of 1.8m as the final series of Mr Selfridge settled into its new slot.
Could we launch a talent-led show to rival the cult US version? asks Lisa Chapman. With top presenters, brilliant contestants and a bit of pig-spanking, we think we’ve pulled it off
Whizz Kid Entertainment has turned to a familiar partner to secure investment for growth - teaming up with Ingenious Group for a second time.
British scripted series were in demand in the US, which also took bets on UK factual and entertainment shows, while Amazon flexed its muscles and Virgin re-entered the ring.
BBC2 is to celebrate the career of Stephen Fry in a documentary produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment and Bafta Productions.
What are the skills needed to discover, format and market globe-trotting brands? Linda Green asks five creatives working in areas across the industry
Eight internet stars will take on a Hunger Games-style challenge for ITV2, where they attempt to force each other out of shared accommodation using pranks.
Princess Productions will team up with well-known vloggers to produce a 12-hour live-streamed event on YouTube for Stand Up To Cancer.
Channel 4 is lining up a celebrity version of The Island with Bear Grylls as part of next year’s Stand Up 2 Cancer event.
FRIDAY: BBC1 sitcom Mountain Goats kicked off with an audience half the size of the slot average as ITV’s BBQ Champ sunk to a series low.
FRIDAY: Ripper Street continued on BBC1 with 300,000 fewer viewers than tuned in for last week’s opener – as ITV’s BBQ Champ lost half a million people.
Channel 5 will use buzzy, karaoke-style format Lip Sync Battle as a litmus test for its entertainment strategy next year.
Channel 5 is to remake US karaoke competition Lip Sync Battle - ordering Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce an eight-part series.
FRIDAY: Ripper Street returned to BBC1 with a slot-winning audience, grilling ITV’s BBQ Champ at 9pm.
Watch the trailer for the Whizz Kid Entertainment and County of Kings co-production
ITV has challenged producers to create younger-skewing factual entertainment series as it aims to grab a larger share of the 16-44 market.
Advertiser-funded producer Precious Media has undergone a management buy-out from Whizz Kid Entertainment.
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