More classic shows rebooted as This is Your Life returns

The revival of classic unscripted formats to the market has continued apace in the past 24 hours with Deal or No Deal returning to the US and Jonathan Ross working on a new version of This is You Life. US cable channel CNBC has commissioned a new version of Endemol Shine quiz format Deal or […]

ITV confirms Who Wants to Be a Millionaire reprisal

UK broadcaster ITV is bringing back quiz format Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The series, which Sony Pictures Television sells internationally, hasn’t been on British screens since 2014, but will return with Jeremy Clarkson as host. The new series will come from Sony-backed indie Stellify Media, and will run to seven 60-minute episodes. The […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]

ITV CEO focused on ‘strategic refresh’ as profits fall

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall is “very focused” on the UK broadcaster’s “strategic refresh”, as full-year 2017 profits fell. McCall (pictured) was bullish despite the numbers, saying there was “no doubt that ITV’s operational performance in 2017 in a challenging environment was strong”. Under McCall’s predecessor, Adam Crozier, ITV diversified away from its broadcast advertising business […]

Britbox hits 250,000 US subs & eyes int’l expansion

Britbox, the SVOD service from BBC Worldwide, ITV and AMC Networks, claims to have gained 250,000 subscribers in the US one year after launch, as it eyes further international expansion. The service, which also launched in Canada this month, is home to a large collection of British content exceeding 4,600 episodes. In its quarterly reports, […]

Kids industry veteran joins Cake

UK-based kids distributor Cake has appointed industry veteran Rob Doherty as its VP of production. The former Aardman Animations, Disney and ITV producer will work closely with Cake CEO and creative director Tom van Waveren and VP of creative Emily Whinnet. His duties will include working on Cake’s slate of coproductions and overseeing production partnerships […]

BBC explores The Awkward Age with Downton Abbey drama prodco

UK pubcaster the BBC has put a drama from Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films that’s based on new Francesca Segal novel The Awkward Age into development. Helen Edmundson (An Inspector Calls) is writing the adaptation, which will follow the lives of a modern blended family. The book follows a widowed woman who meets an American […]

ITV orders Christopher Hampton drama The Singapore Grip

ITV has commissioned The Singapore Grip, a drama that will be adapted by Atonement screenwriter Christopher Hampton from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel. The six-part series is an epic tale set in World War II, which centres on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. The series will be executive […]

Montgomery opens Wheelhouse Entertainment

ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery has launched his new media and marketing business, Wheelhouse Entertainment. Last week, it emerged Montgomery was leaving ITV, where he has been since selling Leftfield Entertainment to the UK broadcaster in 2014, to launch a new venture. Wheelhouse will comprise offices in New York and LA, focusing on talent-driven partnerships […]

Brent Montgomery leaving ITV America to launch venture

Brent Montgomery is exiting his CEO spot at ITV America to create a new entertainment company. David George will succeed him at ITV’s unscripted US arm, having previously been president. Montgomery has led ITV America as chief executive since 2015, having sold the production group he created, Leftfield Entertainment, to ITV for an initial US$360 […]

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