Channel 5 hands out first BBC Studios commissions

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered its first shows from BBC Studios’ Science Unit, which will explore the science behind weight gain and sleeping issues. Why Do I Put On Weight? (1 x 60 minute, pictured) draws on the latest research to challenge long-held assumptions about getting fat, while Why Can’t I Sleep? (2 […]

Amazon expands ‘Carnival Row’ but axes ‘Lore’ and ‘The Romanoffs’

Amazon has ordered a second season of its Orlando Bloom-starring drama Carnival Row before the first has even launched, but cancelled four of its other scripted series. Carnival Row, which is set in a Victorian fantasy world, will debut on the streaming service on August 30 and stars Bloom and Cara Delevingne. It follows a […]

Two Rivers hires Wall to Wall exec to head unscripted development

Recently launched UK producer Two Rivers Media has appointed the head of UK factual development at Wall to Wall Media to work across its unscripted programming. Lucy Bacon (pictured) will become director of unscripted development at Two Rivers from 19 August, joining head of entertainment Mirella Breda and Mick McAvoy, head of factual, who were […]

BBC America plans trip to ‘Eden’ with BBC Studios

BBC Studios and AMC Networks-backed US cablenet BBC America has handed out its first commission to the natural history producers behind Frozen Planet and Blue Planet II. Eden is a six-parter that is being produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and will explore six untouched locations around the world and follow developments over the […]

Fremantle adds All3 exec, confirms Harry Gamsu’s arrival

Fremantle has named Céire Clark as senior acquisitions manager and confirmed the appointment of former Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) exec Harry Gamsu, as first revealed by TBI. Gamsu has joined the X Factor and Punk distributor as VP of non-scripted content acquisitions, based out of Los Angeles, where he relocated last year as part […]

HBO plans for originals push, unveils documentary slate

HBO will further increase its originals output over the next 12 months to around 160 hours, up from an average of just 100 over recent years, but content chief Casey Bloys has said quality will not be sacrificed. Speaking at the summer TCA tour, Bloys said the premium US cablenet would have between 160 and […]

Channel 4’s Dorothy Byrne to give MacTaggart Lecture

Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at UK broadcaster Channel 4, will give the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh Television Festival, becoming the sixth woman to do so. Byrne is a former producer on UK current affairs show World In Action and was editor of The Big Story for commercial […]

Exclusive: Red Arrow’s Harry Gamsu joins Fremantle

Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) exec Harry Gamsu has boarded Fremantle. After five years with RASI, Gamsu has joined the X Factor and Punk distributor as VP of non-scripted, based out of Los Angeles, where he relocated last year as part of an expanded role with RASI. The exec joins Fremantle’s growing non-scripted team, headed […]