UK government extends $690m production insurance scheme

The UK government has extended its £500m ($690m) insurance scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions continue filming through the pandemic. The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, first unveiled in July, is designed to stop producers moving series abroad or spiking programmes completely, after the pandemic caused hundreds of shows including Line Of Duty […]

Amazon’s AVOD streamer IMDb TV orders ‘Bosch’ spin-off from Fabel

AVOD streamer IMDb TV has ordered a new drama spun off from Bosch, the long-running scripted series that is set to end after its seventh season on fellow Amazon-owned Prime Video. The as-yet untitled series, which has been labelled an IMDb TV original, will be produced by Henrik Bastin’s Fabel Entertainment and will continue to […]

Federation, Fred Fougea launch factual label & unveil ‘Mediterranean’ with BBCS, France TV

France’s Federation Entertainment has joined forces with Fred Fougea’s Boreales to launch a new premium factual label, which has already started work on a project that has France Televisions and BBC Studios (BBCS) attached. Boreales Federation will focus on creating docuseries and films that explore the natural world, wildlife and environmental issues. It will also […]

Edinburgh TV Festival names Amazon’s Georgia Brown as chair for ‘hybrid’ event

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has named Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown as advisory chair for its 2021 edition, which is set to feature virtual and physical events. Brown becomes the first advisory chair to come from a streaming service and will work across the festival’s slate of sessions and panels, which are […]

Sports streamer DAZN names Disney & TikTok alum Kevin Mayer as chairman

Former Disney+ chief Kevin Mayer has been appointed as chairman of the board of directors at sports streamer DAZN. Mayer was a driving force behind the launch of Disney+ as the company’s chair of DTC and international, and previously led the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox as chief strategy officer. He […]

BBC Studios preps BBC First in Canada with Blue Ant, replacing HIFI channel

BBC Studios (BBCS) is to launch its scripted and factual network BBC First in Canada with Blue Ant Media, with the latter closing its HIFI channel as a result. BBC First will be operated as a joint venture between BBCS and Blue Ant, offering “uniquely British and globally-recognised” BBC series such as Top Gear, Death […]

Exclusive: AMC & ViacomCBS execs look to expand Acorn TV, SundanceNow & C5 originals push

AMC Networks’ exec Matt Graham has told TBI Talks he is looking to expand the original drama push for culture-focused SVOD SundanceNow and British content-skewing streamer Acorn TV. Speaking at one of yesterday’s two TBI Talks ahead of The London Screenings, Graham, general manager for Acorn TV & Sundance Now at AMC Networks, explained the importance of co-productions […]

LGBTQ dating app Grindr preps original drama ‘Bridesman’

LGBTQ dating app Grindr has moved into original scripted content with a new comedy drama set to start production. Bridesman is made up of six- to 10-minute episodes and has been created by John Onieal, with Jimmy Fowlie and Sydnee Washington among those starring. The show follows a gay bridesman as he attempts to undermine […]