ABC in Oz to cut 250 jobs, factual & entertainment chief to depart

The ABC in Australia is slashing its workforce by 250 people, closing its digital service ABC Life and cutting indie commissioning by A$5m ($3.5m) a year, with a senior content exec among those departing. The Aussie pubcaster’s MD David Anderson revealed the new strategy in its five-year plan, which is designed to save more than […]

Show of the week: Don’t

While most gameshows require contestants to complete all manner of tasks or challenges asked of them, Banijay’s recently launched format Don’t – which debuts on ABC in the US later this week – has taken an alternative approach. The show, which will air in primetime from 11 June on ABC, follows a family of four […]

Roku unveils new ‘live TV guide’ and slew of channels from A+E, ABC

Ad-supported streamer Roku is moving further to replicate live TV by launching an on-screen channel guide and expanding its roster of curated networks in the US. Roku, which launched AVOD service the Roku Channel in the UK last month, has rolled out channels covering an array of genres including lifestyle, kids, news and sports. Offerings […]

Australian screen industry releases Covid-19 guidelines to aid return to work

The Australian screen production industry has released a set of “Covid-safe guidelines” to help get the industry back to work. The guidelines have been developed by the Australian Sector Task Force, which comprises the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State […]

ABC comedy ‘Schooled’ among five cancellations, with 13 renewed

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled five of its scripted series – including The Goldbergs‘ spin-off Schooled – and renewed 13 shows from its existing slate. Comedy series Schooled, from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, has been axed along with Bless This Mess and Single Parents, both from 20th Century Fox TV, the Disney-owned stablemate […]

‘The Last Dance’ heads to ABC, but another ESPN/Netflix co-pro unlikely

US network ABC has picked up the ESPN Films and Netflix co-produced sports documentary The Last Dance for broadcast, beginning later this week. The 10-part miniseries follows the career of NBA (National Basketball Association) icon Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls team. It became a critical hit after its original broadcast on Disney-owned ESPN […]

Dealing with Covid-19: The art of archive programming

The latest addition to TBI’s ongoing coverage of Covid-19’s impact on the content business is from Alan Erson, MD and executive producer at Australia’s WildBear Entertainment, who explores the huge potential and opportunities emerging around archive programming in the current environment. As TV production shuts down across the globe amid the Covid-19 crisis and viewers […]

Viaplay strikes extended content deal with Disney in Nordics

Disney has struck an extended content deal with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), providing the latter’s streamer Viaplay and its pay TV channels with an array of shows from the Mouse House. The multi-year deal will see Viaplay and Viasat pay-TV channels gaining exclusive first-pay rights to films from 20th Century Studios in the Nordic […]

ABC boards “Ultimate Surfer” from Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media

ABC in the US has picked up an eight-part competition series that will attempt to find the world’s best surfer. Ultimate Surfer will gather some of the sport’s best up-and-coming stars to train and live together as they compete in a series of challenges to test their expertise. Each week, one male and one female […]

Former ABC Ent exec Jamila Hunter lands at Freeform

Former ABC Entertainment exec Jamila Hunter is joining Freeform as SVP of current series and alternative programming. In her new role, Hunter will oversee unscripted and alternative content as well as scripted programming across the network’s current slate of shows. She is expected to start in early 2020, reporting into Lauren Corrao, EVP of original […]

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