House of Lords call for BBCWW privatisation, kids TV tax credits

The House of Lords has called for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, to be part privatised and has suggested that the government should introduce a new tax credit to boost the production of kids TV in the UK. The calls have been as part of the House of Lords Select […]

Zodiak ‘to buy’ RDF

Zodiak Entertainment has refused to comment on UK press reports that it is in ‘advanced talks’ to buy UK super indie RDF. It is known that Zodiak CEO Patrick Svensk was in London this week, but he told TBIvision today that he wouldn’t speculate on rumours. Zodiak Entertainment is owned by acquisitive Italian media company […]

Channel 4 hires UKTV’s Abraham as CEO

British broadcaster Channel 4 has hired UKTV boss David Abraham as its new chief executive. Abraham, who is currently chief executive of UKTV, which is a joint venture between Virgin Media and BBC Worldwide, has replaced Andy Duncan, who stepped down in November. Abraham previously worked at Discovery, where he was general manager of US […]

AMC orders pilots for The Killing and The Walking Dead

US cable network AMC has ordered two pilots – a remake of Danmarks Radio’s hit drama The Killing and an adaptation of comic book The Walking Dead. This follows the success of the pay TV broadcaster’s recent original output including Lionsgate-produced period piece Mad Men, Sony Pictures’ drug drama Breaking Bad and a remake of […]

Sony-owned Crackle acquires Disney’s web series Trenches

Sony Pictures-owned online video site Crackle has acquired Stage 9 Digital-produced sci fi web series Trenches. This follows the collapse of the Disney-owned digital production company last year. Trenches, a 10x6mins series, was one of the flagship series to be produced by Stage 9, which was headed up by Sex and the City producer Barry […]

IAC’€™s Van Veen thinks notionally

Notional is the production company set up by Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp (IAC) earlier this year and run by founder Ricky Van Veen. Notional announced an initial development slate in November that included series Ready, Set, Dance, gameshow You Vs America, reality prank series Chase The Money and FremantleMedia-distributed dating show Love Taxi. It will […]

Nat Geo orders Virgin space doc from Endemol’s DSP

National Geographic Channel has ordered Virgin Galactic, a four-part doc on Richard Branson’s efforts to launch a commercial space travel service. UK-based Darlow Smithson Productions, now part of Endemol, is making the series, which will TX this spring The four-parter will span two years and follow Branson and the Virgin Galactic pilots and crew as […]

Twilight producer Summit moves into TV with Push

Twilight producer Summit Entertainment is moving into TV production with the launch of a TV adaptation of Dakota Fanning-fronted feature film Push. The company, which is best known for producing the Robert Pattison vampire smash as well as movies including Sorority Row and Mr and Mrs Smith, is working with international producer and distributor E1 […]

Tiger Aspect’s Zein to head up WB formats drive

Warner Bros. has hired Tiger Aspect MD Andrew Zein to head up its international formats drive. This follows the move by Warner Bros International Television Distribution to set up a number of international production divisions that that the Hollywood studio announced in August last year. Zein, who will report to Ronald Goes, will become senior […]

ProSieben expanding internationally with Red Arrow

ProSiebenSat.1 has created Red Arrow Entertainment, a new entity that will house all of its production and distribution companies. The German-based broadcast group said Red Arrow will also be used as a vehicle for international expansion as part of an initiative to expand production and distribution activities around the world. ProSieben said: “Red Arrow plans […]