New CEO to succeed Moore at National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Society (NGS) boss Gary Knell will be the next CEO of National Geographic Partners (NGP). He will succeed Declan Moore, who has the run the business since its inception two years ago. NGP came into being in September 2015 when 21st Century Fox took control of its programming joint venture with NGS, which […]

Channel 4 orders BBC Studios to perform Fatberg Autopsy

Just two days after unveiled its first non-BBC commission, BBC Studios has landed a second – 1x60mins science programme looking at a grim urban phenomenon. Fatberg Autopsy will take an in-depth look at fatbergs, which are giant masses of congealed fat and waste that are clogging up and blocking sewers under London. The doc will […]

BBC, CJ E&M, OSF & Terra Mater to explore Wild Korea

Terra Mater Factual Studios (TMFS) and Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) have joined forces to coproduce Wild Korea, a landmark series in association with Buzz, CJ E&M and the BBC. Wild Korea explores the rich and varied wildlife habitats of a mysterious South Korean peninsular, from jagged mountains of its east to vast estuarine mudflats in […]

BBC Studios reaches “new dawn” after Discovery wildlife commission

Discovery Channel has commissioned natural history series The Red List from BBC Studios, marking a “a new dawn” for the UK’s pubcaster. The order is first BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has ever received outside of the BBC channels. BBC Studios has been a commercial entity with the greenlight to produce for […]

UK indies body pacts with Indian producers guild

British indies body Pact is today signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Producers Guild of India. The partnership is designed to increase production between the UK and India, with better trade links between the countries critical for Britain in a post-Brexit world. The signing is happening today in Mumbai at the UK Createch […]

UKTV hires Baby Cow’s Waddell in originals push

British broadcaster UKTV has hired Kerry Waddell from UK indie Baby Cow Productions. Waddell (pictured) is leaving her post as head of production at the Alan Partridge prodco to take on the same role at UKTV. The hire comes as UKTV delves deeper into its plan to up its original programming output by a third […]

Avalon Factual Television exec moves to Woodcut

Avalon Factual Television features and daytime chief Matthew Gordon is moving to another UK prodco, Woodcut Media. Gordon (pictured) has been named executive producer of factual, reporting to Woodcut CEO Kate Beal. He’ll work also closely with Woodcut’s creative director, Derren Lawford. Bob & Co.-owned Woodcut is known for factual shows such as Jo Frost […]

C4’s Katz appoints Webb-Lamb as deputy in rejig

Channel 4 (C4)’s Ian Katz has appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) to the new role of deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, as changes to the UK broadcaster continue. Webb-Lamb’s appointment marks Katz’s first recruit since his suprise hire as director of programmes in October last year. Katz, who was a news executive […]

Podcast prodco Gimlet launches TV arm

US-based podcast producer Gimlet Media has launched a television and film production arm. Chris Giliberti will lead Gimlet Pictures, whose establishment comes after the firm’s first forays into TV production. The Gimlet exec, who was formerly head of multiplatform for the company, will have two execs working under him – executive produce Eli Horowitz and […]

Amazon usurps Hulu Japan as exclusive HBO home

Amazon Prime Video’s Japanese wing has struck a deal to bring major HBO titles such as Game of Thrones (pictured) and Westworld to the SVOD service. The HBO shows will be made available through Amazon Japan from April 1, with its catalogue launching immediately and other series joining six months after their premieres in Japan. […]