Channel 4 orders 30 episodes of daytime show ‘Beat the Chef’

Channel 4 has ordered a 30 x 30-minute run of daytime series Beat the Chef presented by Andi Oliver. The series, produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, and Motion Content Group, sees amateur cooks go head-to-head against chefs Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell in cook-offs to try and win a £10,000 jackpot. In a refreshed format, every episode now […]

Sky Studios partners with Fremantle’s Italian label The Apartment

Sky Studios has struck a development and partnership deal with Fremantle’s newly formed Italian label The Apartment. Under the deal, Sky Studios will provide development funding for a minimum of three shows alongside a commitment to produce. Lorenzo Mieli, a co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside and producer behind shows such as The Young Pope and My […]

Kids Round-Up: ‘Miraculous’ travels to China; Studio 100 racks up ‘Ella Bella Bingo’ sales; Splash to release kids content on German streamer KiXi

Studio 100 racks up Ella Bella Bingo sales Studio 100 Film has sold Scandinavian animation Ella Bella Bingo to the US, Canada and UK to Benelux, France, Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland, the Baltics, Russia and Ukraine, to Turkey, South Korea and Latam. The Studio 100 Film and producer Kool Produktion announced the sales and first admissions […]

Andy Harries TBI Masterclass: TV industry becoming even more like film

The TV industry is increasingly becoming like the film industry, according to Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries, with the opening week of a scripted project vital to its success. Speaking at a TBI Masterclass event last night, Harries, whose company has produced Netflix drama The Crown and Outlander for Starz, said: “When a show […]

Netflix orders opioid crisis drama ‘Painkiller’

Netflix has greenlit Painkiller, a new scripted drama about the origins of the opioid crisis, from Narcos showrunner Eric Newman. Newman is executive producing the limited series as part of his overall deal with Netflix where he is showrunner on Narcos and Narcos: Mexico. Peter Berg (The Leftovers, Friday Night Lights) will direct all eight […]

Sundance Now takes US rights to DCD’s ‘The Secrets She Keeps’

AMC Networks’ US streaming service Sundance Now has acquired US rights to Australian domestic noir thriller The Secrets She Keeps from DCD Rights. Based on the novel by Michael Robotham, the Lingo Pictures production is written by Sarah Walker and Jonathan Gavin and stars Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, Marcella), Jessica de Gouw (The Crown, Arrow), and Michael Dorman (Patriot, For All Mankind). The series follows two women who have […]

Discovery UK orders lifestyle and entertainment trio of shows

Discovery UK has greenlit three new lifestyle and entertainment shows for its free to air channels Quest Red, HGTV and Really. The broadcaster has also recommissioned Helicopter ER and The Bad Skin Clinic. The Nolans in the Mood for Cruising (W/T) (8×60) is produced by Koska for Quest Red, and follows the Nolan sisters Coleen, Linda, Maureen […]

GRB Studios hires Woodle to lead sales

US producer-distributor GRB Studios has appointed former Scripps exec Hud Woodle to lead its international sales unit. Woodle has been appointed as executive vice president, international sales and operations, having previously worked at GRB as director of sales in 2006-07. He is tasked with running the global distribution business as well as forging international partnerships. Meanwhile, […]

Blackhall Studios plans major TV and film production facility in UK

Atlanta-based Blackhall Studios has unveiled plans to build a major studio complex for film and television productions in Reading in the UK. Blackhall Studios and the University of Reading want to develop the purpose built studios at Thames Valley Science Park. Blackhall plans to invest £150m in building the studios, which would create up to […]