A Young Doctor’s Notebook


Pulling creator, Mountford launch Merman Films

Irish comedian and writer Sharon Horgan has launched a production company with producer Clelia Mountford. Horgan (left) is best known for BBC Three comedy Pulling, while Mountford’s credits include Sky Arts’ Daniel Radcliffe drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook. Mountford will be managing director of Merman Films, while Horgan will oversee all creative aspects. The latter […]

Greek telco makes move for Nova TV channel

Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telecom operator OTE has made a non-binding offer to media group Forthnet for the acquisition of local pay TV provider Nova TV. OTE is offering between €250 million-300 million (US$342 million-411 million) on a debt and cash-free basis for Nova TV. Any deal will be subject to regulatory clearance. The move comes […]

Sky and FX join forces on comedy production

BSkyB has teamed up FX Networks to work on developing new comedy shows for audiences in the UK and Ireland and the US. Sky and FX have struck a two year deal to co-fund and co-develop new half-hour adult scripted comedy. If projects are commissioned the shows will be broadcast on the Sky 1 HD […]

ITV continues buying spree with £12.5m-plus Big Talk deal

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired 100% of Rev and Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk Productions in a deal potentially worth an initial £12.5 million (US$19.2 million). ITV has been stalking Big Talk for some time as it continues to aggressively beef up its production assets through acquisitions. The news follows deals in the last […]

Ovation picks up Jon Hamm/Daniel Radcliffe drama

US arts and culture channel Ovation has picked up A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the UK drama series starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). The show, which is produced by Big Talk Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide, aired on Sky Arts in the UK last year. The 4x30mins comedy drama tells […]

MIPTV News: James Corden will be BBCWW’s Wrong Mans in Cannes

BBC Worldwide will launch new Hulu drama series The Wrong Mans at MIPTV and will have talent from the show in Cannes including James Corden (Gavin & Stacey). The 6x30mins comedy drama was one of US streaming service Hulu’s original slate of series announced earlier this year. It’s a coproduction between Hulu and UK pubcaster […]

Broadcasters pick up Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe Bulgakov drama

Several international broadcasters have acquired A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the new drama series about the early life of Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. HBO Latin America, RTL Passion in Germany and Yes in Israel are among the first buyers for the series, which was transmitted on Sky Arts in the UK. It proved the pay TV […]

BBC Worldwide says 10% uptick in buyers attending Showcase

BBC Worldwide says that 700 international buyers will attend the 2013 version of its annual Showcase event, a 10% year-on-year increase. Showcase has relocated from Brighton to Liverpool and starts on February 24. The event generates about 20% of Worldwide’s programme sales revenue. Key series that Worldwide will be pushing to the buyers in attendance […]