Sky unveils UK dramas & comedies as 200 originals set to land in 2022

Sky is planning to launch more than 200 original programmes in 2022, with a raft of new commissions unveiled for its slate. The originals output – up 60% on 2021 – includes The Tattooist of Auschwitz, which is being produced by The Cry firm Synchronicity Films. The Scottish prodco picked up rights to the Heather […]

Roku & UK’s Channel 4 link up for Voltage reality show ‘Tempting Fortune’

Roku has partnered with UK broadcaster Channel 4 for the first time on a new reality adventure show that tests contestants’ ability to resit temptation. Tempting Fortune follows 12 strangers who will spend 19 days in paradise, arriving only with basic survival gear and modest rations. However, their wilderness home will also be full of expensive enticements […]

KOTV hires CBC & Radio-Canada exec for global distribution expansion

Montreal-based KOTV has appointed CBC exec Mia Desroches as its new VP of international distribution. In this newly created role, she will be tasked with expanding the firm’s international distribution business. Desroches joins KOTV following a four-year stint as director of content distribution partnerships at CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution. Prior to that, she spent two […]

News round-up: Banijay takes ‘Wild Cooks’ global; Two Rivers snags ‘Chums’ rights; Screen Yorkshire opens FLEX scheme

Banijay takes Wild Cooks global Banijay has acquired exclusive global format distribution rights to Wild Cooks, which was created by French-Canadian production company Toast in collaboration with Quebecor Content. The format sees chefs leave the comfort of their professional kitchens behind, as they are dropped into an isolated forest camp by helicopter to prepare dishes […]

‘Fat Friends’ & ‘The Syndicate’ writer Kay Mellor dies aged 71

UK writer and actor Kay Mellor has died, aged 71. The creator of ITV show Fat Friends was also behind The Syndicate, Playing The Field, Girlfriends and Band Of Gold among numerous others. A statement from Rollem Productions, her production firm, confirmed Mellor had died on Sunday. “It is with profound sadness that we announce […]

Disney+ unveils first Australia slate, with ‘significant investment’ planned

Disney+ has unveiled its first wave of locally produced shows from Australia, with nine programmes on the slate. Three scripted series are in the works – The Clearing, The Artful Dodger and Last Days Of The Space Age – alongside four docs and two lifestyle/fact ent series. All nine shows will debut next year on the streamer […]

Tomorrow Studios inks first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light

US-based Tomorrow Studios has inked a first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz’s UK indie Big Light Productions. The agreement will see Tomorrow “tap into Big Light’s network of established and emerging writers, and pursuit of sought after-IP” to expand both companies’ development slates. Tomorrow, which is a partnership between CEO and founder Marty Adelstein and ITV […]