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BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew draws record ratings

An episode of BBC Two investigative strand Newsnight that featured Prince Andrew discussing his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has gripped the UK and drawn record ratings. In the episode, the prince is interviewed by Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis about his relationship with US financier Epstein, who committed suicide this summer while awaiting […]

Endemol Shine launches trio of channels on Samsung’s TV Plus

Endemol Shine Group is launching a raft of channels via Samsung’s TV Plus service. The super-indie – which is in the process of being acquired by Banijay Group – has launched a trio of UK channels on the smart TV platform, with further channel launches planned in the US and across Europe in the coming […]

Kew Media Distribution promotes for new SVP acquisitions role

Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has appointed Graham Begg to the newly created position of SVP acquisitions and business development. Begg will oversee acquisition opportunities across scripted, non-scripted, documentary and factual entertainment properties, as well as advising on corporate activities and business development initiatives. He will continue to work closely with Kew Media Group’s 13 production […]

BBC Studios appoints GMs for APAC

BBC Studios has appointed two general managers to lead the business in Australia and New Zealand and South and Southeast Asia. Fiona Lang, who currently serves as chief operating officer for ANZ, has been promoted to GM for Australia and New Zealand, where she will lead the Sydney-based branded services team – including marketing, advertising […]

Apple orders Jackson Lamb spy drama starring Gary Oldman

Apple TV+ has ordered a scripted spy series that will star Gary Oldman and has Justified‘s Graham Yost attached to exec produce, with the show marking the first drama ordered by UK-based exec Jay Hunt. Slow Horses is from UK and Australia-based producer See-Saw Films and is the first instalment of the Slough House novel […]

Pluto TV bolsters UK offering with four seasonal channels

Pluto TV has bolstered its UK offering with four seasonal channels. The Viacom-owned AVOD platform is launching Pluto TV Christmas, Fireplace, Holiday Lights and Pluto TV Mistletoe on all OTT devices and app stores. While Pluto TV Christmas will feature family-friendly movies and specials, including family comedy Christmas in Wonderland, film classic Scrooge, Cat in […]

TBI Weekly: How a US private equity firm is betting on Germany

US-based private equity house KKR has had a busy year in Germany. The New York outfit started 2019 without a foothold in the country but, barely 11 months later, has just tied up a deal for two of Germany’s best known producers. But far from being a one-off piece of M&A activity, the acquisition reflects […]

News round-up: Acorn TV, RTÉ return to ‘Finding Joy’; 10 Play in Oz buys Amazon drama; Platform One’s Jennifer Fox deal

Acorn TV, RTÉ return to Finding Joy AMC Networks-backed streamer Acorn TV and Irish broadcaster RTÉ have commissioned a second season of comedy Finding Joy from Treasure Entertainment. The six-part Irish series has been created and written by Amy Huberman (Striking Out), who also stars. Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment produce, with […]

NATPE adds Telemundo, Viacom, All3 execs to board of directors

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has made a series of appointments to its board of directors, including the addition of Telemundo exec Peter Blacker and All3Media International CEO Louise Pedersen. The All3 exec and Blacker, who is EVP of revenue strategy & innovation for Telemundo Enterprises, are joined by president of Viacom […]