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Edwards leaving Warner Bros. for Expectation

Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks’ new prodco Expectation has hired Alexia Edwards as COO who will join from Warner Bros. after a brief stint at the studio. The move sees Edwards reunited with Fincham after the pair worked together at ITV. Edwards was at ITV for a decade before leaving for Warner Bros.’ UK division […]

Revenue and profit fall at Fremantle

Turnover and profit decreased at FremantleMedia through the first nine months of the year, with parent group RTL blaming exchange rate issues, the timing of new shows coming through and lower revenues from North America as American Idol finishes. The company said the declines were offset by growth in Europe, driven by the consolidation of […]

Bedell latest to exit ITV

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell following Peter Fincham out of the door at the UK broadcaster. Bedell has decided to step down from her post after seven years with London-based ITV, during which time she has commissioned and overseen shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday […]

Game of Thrones tops Facebook buzz chart

Game of Thrones was the most talked about TV show on Facebook this year, while a Lip Sync Battle segment was among the most-watched videos on YouTube. Facebook and YouTube have both revealed year in review usage and viewing information, which casts new light on what is talked about on social media and what short-form […]

FremantleMedia poaches Syco’s Hebden

FremantleMedia UK is replacing former interactive boss Peter Cassidy with Syco Entertainment executive producer, digital, Kat Hebden. The exec will become head of interactive for FremantleMedia UK Interactive. In the role, she’ll focus on building digital activities by developing production capabilities and growing FremantleMedia’s online channels portfolio. She’ll also work alongside the firm’s Digital & […]

Cat and Mouse execs join Microsoft for new Skype-based TV project

The founders of TV technology firm Cat and Mouse have left the company to work on a new Skype-based TV solution for Microsoft, TBI has learned. Cat and Mouse specialises in studio graphics and software and interactive solutions for TV shows and live events, working with a range of producers and broadcasters, largely in the […]

Nickelodeon and Sky team for kids Block Party series

Nickelodeon UK and BSkyB have jointly commissioned a new kids series, Jordan & Perri’s Ultimate Block Party. The live-action series will be made by Princess Productions, part of the Shine Group. Filming of the 8x30mins series starts in spring and it marks the first time Viacom’s Nick and News Corp.-backed Sky have jointly commissioned a […]