Factual


Optomen & Jane Street sign copro deal

All3Media’s Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her prodco, Jane Street Entertainment. Under the deal, MacLetchie (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats to be coproduced with Optomen in the US as well as internationally. MacLetchie and her team will be based out […]

Blue Ant builds out global division with hires

Canada-based international producer and distributor Blue Ant Media has appointed Aser Group’s Beatrice Lee (pictured) and National Geogarphic’s Carlyn Staudt for its newly launched kids and global division. The hires come as Blue Ant rapidly expands internationally after buying David Haslingden’s Racat Group. Lee has been appointed to the newly created role as CEO for […]

Boundless hires ex-Betty chief to replace Wyatt

FremantleMedia UK’s factual entertainment label Boundless has appointed a range of senior members including Betty’s former chief, Neil Smith (pictured), who will replace Hannah Wyatt. Smith, the former joint managing director at Betty, has been named MD at The Apprentice prodco Boundless, and will report to Liam Humphreys, CEO at FremantleMedia UK Unscripted. He joins […]

AMC UK promotes two for new roles

AMC Networks International UK (AMCNI UK) has appointed Sam Rowden (pictured) and Alina Florea to newly created roles. Rowden will now assume the role of director of programming for AMC’s CBS-branded channels and Florea will become director of acquisitions and content partnerships. Both were previously employees of AMNCNI UK and will continue to report to Kevin […]

Viewer demand: Blue Planet II vs Planet Earth II

After Blue Planet II’s record breaking ratings for its premiere, is it fair to say that the series is already more popular than its predecessor? Parrot Analytics exclusively analyses the stats for TBI. Blue Planet II’s premiere ratings were higher than its predecssor Planet Earth II’s ratings a year ago. Blue Planet drew in 14.1 […]

Fremantle invests in factual indie Label1

FremantleMedia is set to invest in ‘fast-growing’ UK indie Label1. Fremantle will take a 25% stake in the factual producer, the same amount it has invested in a spate of other prodcos in recent years. Label1 has created and produced series such as The Job Interview for Channel 4 and Hospital for BBC Two. It […]

Plimsoll hires ex-BBC exec as specialist factual chief

Plimsoll Productions has appointed ex-BBC’s Rachel Morgan as head of specialist factual and documentaries, with a former DRG chief also joining the expanding UK indie. Morgan (right) will focus on specialist factual and documentary programming for both the UK and international markets. Previously, she served as commissioning editor for specialist factual at UK pubcaster the […]

BBC Studios poaches Boundless MD for factual

BBC Studios has hired Boundless managing director Hannah Wyatt as the new genre director for factual entertainment and events.  Wyatt will leave FremantleMedia UK-owned Boundless in early 2018, and Liam Humphreys, CEO of unscripted at Fremantle, will oversee the role until a replacement is found, according to a company spokesperson. Her hire comes after BBC Studios […]

Agatha Christie chief joins Bob & Co as CEO

Agatha Christie Ltd chief executive Hilary Strong is joining UK-based production group Bob & Co as CEO. Strong is leaving her role at the Agatha Christie estate, which represents the IP of author Christie, after nearly five years. She is exiting to run Bob & Co’s portfolio of television drama, factual programming, film, theatre and […]

BBC orders host of drama & factual titles

EDINBURGH: The BBC’s drama and factual controllers, Piers Wenger and Alison Kirkham, announced a host of new programming coming to the pubcaster at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. New dramas include Scottish series The Cry and The Victim, as well as Jeff Pope’s new series about convicted serial killer Stephen Port, are coming to the […]