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ITN bags Undateables exec for development role

ITN Productions (ITNP) has appointed The Undateables exec producer Jess Orr (pictured) as an executive producer, working across development and programming. With over 20 years of experience, Orr joins from UK indie Betty, where she produced shows such as Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and The Food Hospital. Will Smith, head of factual at ITN Productions said: “Jess […]

McMafia heads to China and Sweden

Ahead of its Showcase event in Liverpool next week, BBC Worldwide has announced that McMafia has been sold to services in China and Sweden’s pubcaster, SVT. In China, McMafia will appear as The Godmans on IPTV service providers OPG and Youku. The crime series, starring James Norton (War and Peace) and Juliet Rylance, focuses on […]

Amazon confirms Tambor’s Transparent exit

Amazon Studios has finalised its investigation into Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor after sexual harassment complaints, dropping the actor from the show. While Tambor previously stated that he would exit the show after accusations were made against him, no official move has been made until Amazon’s statement yesterday. Tambor will now have no role in the forthcoming […]

Sony seals string of int’l sales for Counterpart

Sony Pictures Television has sold espionage drama series Counterpart to more than 40 territories around the world, following a successful debut in the US. The show, one of TBI’s recently Show of the Week features, has received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after appearing on Starz in the US. It will now appear in […]

RTL Belgium launches Check digital platform

RTL Belgium has launched a new digital platform dedicated to pop culture called Check. The service will host five video formats, an internet radio station covering rap and new pop music, an events section dedicated to festivals and concerts, and an editorial section with articles about lifestyle, food, music and festivals. The five video formats […]

HBO & Turner line up first copro drama in Europe

HBO Europe is to partner with Turner’s TNT Serie for its first international co-production Hackerville, an original focused on a network of hackers. The series will be shot in 4K on location in Timisoara, Bucharest and Frankfurt, Germany from spring 2018, for an expected autumn premiere on HBO Europe and TNT Serie. Time Warner, which […]

TBI Weekly: BBC Worldwide Showcase and the UK Screenings

The BBC Worldwide Showcase is, by some distance, the largest international programming market held by a single distributor away from the Hollywood studios and their LA Screenings in May. Just as any decent festival spawns fringe events, the 700-plus buyers expected at the ACC conference centre in Liverpool between February 18-21 means clever indie distributors […]

BBC Studios launches Australian production arm

BBC Studios is set to launch an Australian production arm, following its decision to form a single commercial organisation late last year. BBC Studios, which will combine BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios to become a single organisation in April 2018, is also looking to appoint a director of production for the new arm. The role […]

Reef founder steps down after 14 years, exits Zinc

Reef Television founder Richard Farmbrough has resigned from his post as CEO of the UK prodco and commercial director of his parent, Zinc Media Group. Farmbrough started the company back in 2005 and remained in his CEO role after Zinc bought Reef in July 2015. At that point he became commercial chief of the wider […]

France Télévisions should drop SVOD plan, says ex-programing chief

France Télévisions should abandon its plan for a new subscription video-on-demand platform and transform existing linear channels into digital offerings, according to a confidential report prepared by the public broadcaster’s former programming chief, Xavier Couture. Couture (pictured), who recently left France Télévisions to focus on personal projects, prepared a report ahead of his departure in […]