BBC Three, October link for doc with Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson

BBC Three has commissioned October Films for a doc fronted by Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson.  Nelson, who has been with the all-female UK pop group since its formation in 2011, is to explore body image and mental health in the hour-long film, which will look at the impact of growing up in a social media-fuelled age of […]

Royal Television Society Awards winners revealed

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards have honoured the top drama, documentary, entertainment programmes of 2019. Sky Atlantic’s Save Me took home the award for Best Drama Series, beating BBC America’s Killing Eve and BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders. The drama’s scribe Lennie James was honoured as Best Writer – Drama. The show was praised […]

Kin series ‘New Mom, Who Dis?’ to launch on Facebook Watch

Lifestyle multichannel network Kin’s latest series New Mom, Who Dis? is to launch on Facebook Watch.  The series will be fronted by Canadian presenter Jessi Cruickshank, who is a new mother of twin boys, and a popular Instagram star. She previously hosted MTV Canada’s The Hills After Show, CTV’s etalk and CBC’s The Goods and Canada’s Smartest […]

Gravitas Ventures launches film-focused SVOD

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has launched streaming service Gravitas Movies. Gravitas Movies is now available in the US and will be rolled out globally in summer 2019. It will host over 1,000 movies across comedy, horror, thriller, documentary, action and drama for $4.99 a month. Notable titles will include Brothers in Arms […]

Mediapro launches global studio with $226m content fund

The Mediapro Group has launched a new global studio named The Mediapro Studio as it ramps up international expansion.    Headquartered in Barcelona, The Mediapro Studio will have 10 creative offices around the world. They will produce 34 series in Spanish and English in 2019. The studio will have a fund of $226m (€200m) for […]

Former Wall to Wall exec sets up formats firm

Former Wall to Wall exec Poppy Delbridge has set up a new entertainment formats firm. The London-based business, titled The Empress Way, is to pioneer a collaborative format creation model, which will sell packaged format ideas with high-profile talent and prodcos attached to global broadcasters, streamers, digital platforms and brands, with a focus on the […]

Reed Hastings: Netflix won’t be part of Apple offering

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has confirmed that Netflix will not be part of the new Apple streaming offering, details of which are expected to be unveiled next week. Speaking at a press event, Hastings said that Netflix’s goal is to have people watch its content on its own service, and that the streaming giant would […]

Warner Bros. chief exits amid misconduct scandal

Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara has stepped down following an investigation into a casting couch scandal involving a British actor.  The exec’s extramarital involvement with British actor Charlotte Kirk – the subject of a 2017 investigation by the studio that found no wrongdoing on behalf of Tsujihara – resurfaced via a lengthy Hollywood […]

BBC box sets head to Sky, Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royale […]

VIMN UK boss calls for equal regulation of broadcasters and digital players

James Currell, president of Viacom International Networks UK, has called for more equal regulation between broadcast and online media and increased partnership between British broadcasters, in a keynote address at the Oxford Media Convention. While Viacom has made some major plays in the digital space as of late, including acquiring ad-supported platform Pluto TV for […]