UKTV hires ITV’s Helen Perry to head up original drama

UKTV has hired ITV exec Helen Perry as head of drama to grow its original scripted slate across its channels Alibi, Drama and Dave. Starting in January 2024, Perry will report to Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning, and will executive produce scripted drama for the broadcaster, joining the team responsible for shows including Annika, Traces, […]

‘Tinder Swindler’ firm Raw recruits Netflix’s Jonny Taylor as creative director

Raw, the UK factual production company behind The Tinder Swindler and Three Identical Strangers has hired Netflix’s Jonny Taylor as creative director. Taylor will take up his new role in December, joining the senior leadership team, and working alongside Raw founders Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton, as well as creative director Liesel Evans and EVP […]

Fired S4C chief Sian Doyle hits out at chairman after dismissal “without proper grounds”

Sian Doyle, the former chief executive of Welsh-language public broadcaster S4C, has criticised her dismissal last week by channel chairman Rhodri Williams as “an unprecedented lack of governance for a public body”. Doyle was fired from her post following an investigation into allegations of “bullying and a toxic culture” at the channel. Taking aim at […]

Netflix set to remain biggest platform as global SVOD subs to hit 1.79 billion by 2029

Global SVOD subscriptions will increase by 321 million between 2023 and 2029 to reach 1.79 billion, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The US will lead the way in terms of growth, adding 30 million subscriptions, followed by India, up by 27 million, and Brazil, increasing 23 million. Furthermore, six US-based platforms […]

Blink49 Studios & Unicorn Island to adapt Riva Razdan’s ‘Arzu’

Blink49 Studios, the Toronto-based firm headed by former Entertainment One exec John Morayniss, has partnered with Lilly Singh’s Unicorn Island Productions to develop a drama series based on Riva Razdan’s novel Arzu. The project, which comes out of the first-look deal between Blink49 Studios and Unicorn Island Productions, will star Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider, Bridgerton) […]

ZDF Studios, Boogie Entertainment & Aristosfilms team for ‘The Kim Dotcom Story’

ZDF Studios has partnered with Boogie Entertainment and Aristosfilms for The Kim Dotcom Story, a scripted adaptation of the biography The Secret Life Of Kim Dotcom: Spies, Lies And The War For The Internet by David Fisher. Robert Franke, VP of drama at ZDF Studios, and Boogie Entertainment’s producer and founder Rolant Hergert will act […]

France Télévisions, SBS & CBC acquire Ukrainian war drama ‘Those Who Stayed’

Australian broadcaster SBS, France Télévisions and CBC Gem, the streaming service of CBC in Canada, have acquired Ukrainian drama anthology series Those Who Stayed. Launched at MIPCOM last month, the 6 x 30-minute series is inspired by events that took place in Kyiv in the first few weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in […]