Sky, Channel 4 expand content and tech partnership

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

Blue Ant Studios hires Cream exec Jennifer Harkness as SVP unscripted

Blue Ant Studios has hired former Cream Productions exec Jennifer Harkness as SVP of unscripted content. Harkness is to develop, sell and produce unscripted programmes for the US and international markets. Effectively immediately, Harkness joins the LA office and will be working alongside Dan Lubetkin, SVP of scripted content. Harkness most recently served as SVP […]

Netflix strikes landmark deal for global rights to ‘Seinfeld’

Netflix has picked up global streaming rights to US sitcom Seinfeld in a major coup for the business. The streaming giant has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television for all nine seasons of the show, which are set to launch on the platform in 2021. The five-year deal comes on the back of Netflix losing […]

BritBox adds ‘Brexitcast’ for North American audiences

BBC Studios and ITV-backed streamer BritBox has added a new BBC One show about the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union to its North American slate. Brexitcast, which will be available exclusively on BritBox, was inspired by the eponymous BBC podcast and features insights into the complicated world of Brexit from Westminster and Brussels. […]

Dutch FilmWorks launches international sales division

Benelux distributor Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) is launching a global sales division to build on its growing activity in co-production and co-financing. DFW International will focus exclusively on the worldwide sales of TV drama series, feature films, documentaries and kids programming, with a strategy to create a showcase of content from the Benelux region. The new […]

Tiger Aspect promotes ‘Good Karma Hospital’ exec to head drama

Endemol Shine Group-owned UK producer Tiger Aspect has appointed Lucy Bedford as its head of drama. Bedford joined Tiger Aspect as an executive producer in 2014 and most recently moved into the role of creative director, working on a production and development slate that includes a yet-to-be-revealed series for ITV. TBI understands she will take […]

Exclusive: Ireland’s ShinAwiL links with Swiss duo on UN corruption drama

Miss Scarlet and The Duke‘s Irish prodco ShinAwiL is working with two Swiss outfits and Mirage screenwriter Bénédicte Charles on a new drama about corruption within the United Nations (UN). Alpha is from ShinAwiL, C-Films and Point Prod and is being written by Pascal Glatz and Christian Wehrlin, who are working alongside Charles on the […]

‘Friends’ co-creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane rule out show’s return

The creative team behind hit sitcom Friends have ruled out rebooting the show or bringing together its cast for another outing, despite its ongoing popularity. Friends‘ final episode aired in 2004 but the show has enjoyed sustained popularity over recent years, boosted by its availability on Netflix, where it has secured a new generation of […]

Frot-Coutaz: YouTube allows for creative experimentation on “unprecedented scale”

YouTube is emerging as the key forum for creative experimentation and the platform of choice for under-24 year-olds, and while many creators are not “an obvious fit” for traditional media, they are building the future of the content industry, according to YouTube EMEA boss Cécile Frot-Coutaz.  Speaking at IBC, Frot-Coutaz said that YouTube was primarily […]

How space programming evolved from no-go zone to no holds barred

Ahead of his ‘Space On The Big Screen’ session at IBC later today (16 September), Arrow Media co-founder and creative director Tom Brisley details the trajectory of space programming from a no-go zone among commissioners to a flourishing genre with myriad partners.  It used to be that if you were pitching factual content to US […]