UK’s Channel 5 picks up shows from seven BAME-led indies

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a range of projects from seven BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic)-owned and managed production companies, following the launch of its BAME indie initiative last year. Set up in collaboration with the TV collective, the initiative teamed nine prodcos with Channel 5 commissioners, with the aim of supporting their […]

Discovery veteran joins John Hendricks’ Curiosity Stream as global strategy chief

John Hendricks’ factual streamer CuriosityStream has appointed Discovery’s former president of global distribution Bill Goodwyn to a newly created role overseeing international strategy. Goodywn becomes chief revenue officer & EVP of strategy, business development & partnerships, reporting into the streamer’s CEO Clint Stinchcomb. His remit includes oversight of all revenue-generating strategy, including sales, marketing and […]

UKTV’s Alibi snags trio of US dramas from ViacomCBS

Britain’s UKTV has acquired three new US drama series – Why Women Kill, Tommy and Evil – from ViacomCBS Global Distribution, for broadcast on its Alibi channel from the end of the year. The deal was brokered by UKTV’s head of acquisitions Emma Sparks and Matt Downer at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which is distributing all […]

Red Arrow Studios CEO James Baker to leave at end of 2020

Red Arrow Studios (RAS) CEO James Baker is to step down at the end of the year after almost a decade with the ProSiebenSat.1-owned company. The German outfit said that Baker, whose contract will not be renewed past 2020, will be replaced by an advisory board comprising of ProSiebenSat.1’s chairman Rainer Beaujean, CEO at SevenOne […]

Ozzy Osbourne and Epstein docs on A+E Networks’ new slate

US-based A+E Networks has today launched 380 hours of new programming, across a wide variety of genres, for worldwide distribution, in its June 2020 Global Content Sales catalog. Among them are proven ratings hits from US channels A&E, History and Lifetime, as well as content from the company’s international channels. “We have a lot of […]

Sony buys majority stake in ‘Sex Education’ producer Eleven Film

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has taken a majority stake in UK-based producer Eleven Film, the company behind Netflix hit Sex Education and forthcoming BBC thriller Red Rose. The company, founded in 2006 by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, has previously been behind shows including Glue for the UK’s E4 and Sky Living’s The Enfield Haunting, […]

BBC Studios strikes first-look deal with Hilary Strong & Bob Benton’s ILP

BBC Studios has struck a first-look deal with Hilary Strong and Bob Benton’s recently launched IP management firm International Literary Properties (ILP), which earlier this month unveiled an eight-figure deal to acquire a dozen literary estates. The agreement will allow BBCS Production and BBCS-owned prodcos to “explore the intellectual property owned and managed by ILP,” […]