Steve North


UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

Dave adds Spanish street game show format

UK entertainment network Dave has ordered a local version of a Spanish game show set on the street. Comedian Jason Byrne will present Don’t Say it, Bring it, with Belfast-based Stellify Media attached to produce 20 half-hour episodes for the UKTV-owned network. The series is based on a Phileas Productions format in which a presenter […]

Dave is All Torque with Ross Noble

UK free TV channel Dave has commissioned a 3x60mins entertainment series featuring comedian Ross Noble. Ross Noble: All Torque will see the comic taking part in the Scottish Six Day Trial, which is considered one of the oldest and most difficult motorbike races in the world. Grain Media (Virunga) is producer, with Jon Drever directing. […]

W begins Dancing, heads for Dressing Room

UKTV-owned W has commissioned new doc series from STV Productions and Electric Ray. From Scottish network STV’s production wing comes The Dressing Room, a fly-on-the-wall 6x60mins series for 2017. GroupM Entertainment is coproducer. The fixed rig series takes viewers into dressing rooms around the UK. Sports featured include football, roller derby and water polo, and […]

UKTV hands DLT first non-scripted commission

British multichannel operator UKTV has handed DLT Entertainment its first non-scripted commission, a six-part gameshow about video games. Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, for free-to-air channel Dave, will see two teams, including celebrity guests, competing over five rounds of gaming-themed competition. Comedian O Briain (pictured) will host, and a live studio audience will decide […]

UKTV moves into sports with David Haye fight

UK multichannel operator UKTV has landed exclusive local rights to former world champion boxer David Haye’s comeback fight. This marks the first time UKTV has acquired exclusive UK sports rights, with pay TV providers Sky and BT Sport and the terrestrial networks tending to have carved them up in the past. “We are quickly establishing […]

UKTV goes for Gold Christmas makeover

UKTV is giving its Gold and Good Food channels a Christmas makeover. The Scripps and BBC Worldwide-owned channel operator will rebrand the channels Christmas Gold and Christmas Food throughout December to coincide with the seasonal festivities. Both channels will have new on-air rebranding and their name changes will also be reflected in the EPGs of […]

UKTV’s Gold orders Catherine Tate comedy

UKTV’s British comedy channel Gold has commissioned a scripted one-off from comedian Catherine Tate. The Catherine Tate Show creator will star in Do Not Disturb, which is set in a boutique hotel in Strateford-upon-Avon and will TX on Gold in January next year. The 1x60mins comedy is from Lonesome Pine Productions and follows an estranged […]

UKTV buys into Secrets and Lies

UK multichannel operator UKTV has acquired ABC Studios mystery drama Secrets and Lies. The 10x60mins series is based on an Australian drama of the same name, and is currently moving towards its second season in the US after season one averaged 8.1 million total viewers. UKTV signed the show from distributor Disney UK and Ireland […]

Hasselhoff goes Hoff the Record on Dave

Cult icon David Hasselhoff has landed a 6x30mins ‘mockumentary’ comedy series at UK digital channel Dave. Hoff the Record will be a semi-improvised comedy from Me & You Productions (An Idiot Abroad) shot in documentary style similar to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It will chart the life of a fictional version of Hasselhoff, known to […]