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TBI Weekly: Brexit fallout signals more competition for UK businesses

One week away from the UK’s Brexit deadline, it remains unclear what the country’s quest to exit the European Union really means, but one thing industry players are certain of is that an exit from the territory will ensure more competition for the UK’s production and broadcast businesses. While many are reluctant to catastrophise over […]

ITN Productions expands international with ITV Studios EP

ITN Productions has expanded its international unit with the appointment of Sarah-Jane Cohen as executive producer.  Based in London, Cohen will work on development with ITN Productions’ head of international programmes Ian Russell and development exec Denise Castelli. One of Sarah-Jane’s first programmes will be a royal project with a US broadcaster. Cohen joins from ITV Studios, […]

Rare TV scores engineering six-parter for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned UK producer Rare TV for a six-part series exploring the innovations that changed the world. Inside Mighty Machines is hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek and examines the engineering principles that make machines such as a 747 jumbo jet or a North Sea oil rig run. Along the way, Zdenek […]

Les Misérables nabs raft of global sales ahead of Series Mania

Ahead of its national premiere at Series Mania 2019, BBC Studios has struck a raft of international deals for Les Misérables. Victor Hugo’s 19th Century classic, adapted by Andrew Davies (War & Peace), has sold to 14 territories including Portugal (RTP2), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE), Iceland (RUV), Denmark (TV2), New Zealand (TVNZ), India (Zee […]

Former Pioneer exec sets up production consultancy

Former Pioneer Productions MD Kirstie McLure has set up a new consultancy business connecting productions with internationally skilled production staff.  Co-founded by McLure and Nikki Tilley, the business is a collective of chief operating officers and heads of production who are available on a consultancy basis. It comes as a response to a “service gap” […]

DRG acquires rights to “happy noir” police procedural ‘For Life’

DRG has acquired the rights to For Life, a Norwegian “happy noir” police procedural that will be launched for pre-sale at MIPTV. The 8 x 60-minute series is created and written by International Emmy Award-winning Gjermund S. Eriksen (Mammon) and co-written by Helena Nielsen (Lilyhammer). It follows the story of Victoria Woll, a hardened National […]

Exclusive: TF1 drama commissioner resurfaces at Netflix

Longtime TF1 commissioner Julie Anthony has resurfaced at Netflix.  Anthony, a 10-year exec with TF1, most recently served as a drama commissioner within the French commercial broadcaster’s international drama development division. She departed last fall, with her role taken over by Adeline Tarrade. Anthony oversaw such dramas as TF1’s Ransom (pictured), a co-production with US broadcaster CBS, Canada’s […]

Netflix rejigs exec ranks with new remits for Nishimura, Riegg

Weeks after it delineated exec ranks between English-language and international content, Netflix has again restructured its exec roster with promotions for Los Angeles-based Lisa Nishimura and Brandon Riegg. The global SVOD has promoted VP of original documentary and comedy programming Nishimura to VP of independent films and documentary features, meaning the long-time exec will now oversee […]

Mondo TV taps Rainbow for head of content sales

Mondo TV, the European producer and distributor of animated content, has hired Rainbow’s Luana Perrero as its new head of content sales. In her new role, Perrero will be overseeing content sales strategy across Mondo TV’s library of properties including established hits such as Sissi the Young Empress, Yoohoo to the Rescue and Robot Trains, […]

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