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ABC Oz backs female Shakespeare drama from ABC Studios Int’l

Australian pubcaster the ABC has boarded a drama from its international production unit that will retell the works of Shakespeare from female perspectives and has Margot Robbie (pictured) attached as a producer. The broadcaster is working with ABC Studios International (part of US broadcaster ABC), LuckyChap Entertainment and Hoodlum on the show, which is currently […]

Fremantle Oz hires Matchbox MD to replace Hogg as CEO

FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) has appointed Matchbox Pictures managing director Chris Oliver-Taylor (pictured) as its new CEO after the departure of Ian Hogg this January. Hogg had acted as Asia Pacific boss for nearly a decade, first taking the helm at FMA in 2009 and picking up a wider role with Asia Pacific in 2011, but […]

Former ABC commercial chief & UK exec join Aussie prodco

Australia’s Arenamedia has hired former ABC commercial boss Robert Patterson (pictured), who left the pubcaster in a restructure last year, as one of three new hires, with another made for UK projects. Patterson will take charge as executive producer over a full slate of Arenamedia productions. The move arrives after he departed ABC after two […]

ABC & People Magazine re-team for Royals doc

ABC has paired up with People Magazine and Time Inc. Productions once again for The Story of The Royals, a four-hour primetime documentary event. The doc series is set to premiere in August, after the companies received ratings success for last year’s The Story of Diana. It scored 6.1 million on ABC last August. The […]

ABC to air primetime special as Mickey Mouse turns 90

Disney is launching worldwide celebrations honouring 90 years of its ambassador, Mickey Mouse, including a primetime special hosted by US broadcaster ABC. The cross-company festivities will continue through 2018 via a range of initiatives from a fashion show, celebrations at Disney parks and resorts and the ABC special, which will air this autumn. As part […]

TBI Weekly: BBC Worldwide Showcase and the UK Screenings

The BBC Worldwide Showcase is, by some distance, the largest international programming market held by a single distributor away from the Hollywood studios and their LA Screenings in May. Just as any decent festival spawns fringe events, the 700-plus buyers expected at the ACC conference centre in Liverpool between February 18-21 means clever indie distributors […]

BBC Studios launches Australian production arm

BBC Studios is set to launch an Australian production arm, following its decision to form a single commercial organisation late last year. BBC Studios, which will combine BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios to become a single organisation in April 2018, is also looking to appoint a director of production for the new arm. The role […]

YouTube TV ups price and adds Turner channels

YouTube TV is set to up its price from US$35 to US$40 per month, has added a host of Turner channels, and plans to up its sports output. The news came as YouTube said it will also expand its over-the-top pay TV service to 100 top US markets in the coming weeks. YouTube is adding […]

PBS programming chief Hoppe switches to ABC

PBS’s chief programming executive, Beth Hoppe, has joined ABC’s news team in New York. Hoppe’s six-year tenure at PBS has included series such as Ken Burns’ doc series The Vietnam War and The Roosevelts, drama Mercy Street and a coproduction agreement with the BBC in the UK. Her duties are included overseeing the entire primetime […]

SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]

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