Oz’s ABC orders live Great Barrier Reef special

Australian pubcaster the ABC has ordered a two-night special live event examining the annual mass coral spawn at the Great Barrier Reef. The two-part Reef Live is being produced by Blue Ant Media-owned Northern Pictures, based in Sydney, for broadcast on Friday 4 and Sunday 6 December. The special will be hosted by Hamish Macdonald, […]

Warner Bros. TV hires former Netflix originals boss Channing Dungey

Warner Bros. Television Group has confirmed the appointment of Netflix’s former VP of originals Channing Dungey as chairman, replacing the outgoing Peter Roth. Dungey left the streamer earlier this month after less than two years in the role, having joined Netflix in December 2018 after a stint as president of ABC Entertainment. She had been with the […]

Blue Ant’s Julie Chang on a post-pandemic prediction

Julie Chang, VP of international co-productions at Blue Ant Media and interim EVP at Blue Ant International, looks into the crystal ball to provide TBI with her take on how production might look post-pandemic. I want to show you a glimpse of the future. I’m picturing a post-pandemic scene, maybe a year or two years […]

ABC in Oz names Nick Hayden as new head of entertainment

The ABC in Australia has promoted Nick Hayden as its new head of entertainment. Hayden, who was most recently entertainment manager, has been with the broadcaster since 2016 and will now head up a slate including Hard Quiz, The Weekly, Mad As Hell and You Can’t Ask That. He previously worked for companies including fellow […]

News round-up: ABC adapts ‘Emergency Call’ for US; France-Israel co-writing residency opens; US-China science co-pro prepped for distribution

ABC orders US version of ‘Emergency Call’ format US network ABC has announced a new unscripted series, following the work of emergency call-takers, to be hosted by actor Luke Wilson and based upon a Belgian format. The hour-long series Emergency Call will document the first few minutes of emergencies as told from the perspective of […]

ABC in Oz hires BBC Studios programming exec to head entertainment

Australian broadcaster ABC has appointed former BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Roberta Allan to lead programming and distribution for its entertainment division. Allan becomes head of content curation and distribution for the ABC’s entertainment and specialist arm, with a remit to oversee content across the Aussie broadcaster’s TV, on demand and social media offerings. She starts […]

Sony’s ‘Reckoning’ prodco Playmaker eyes chief as co-founders step down

Sony Pictures Television (SPT)-owned Australian producer Playmaker Media is looking for a new creative chief after co-founders David Maher and David Taylor revealed they are to step down from the company. The duo, who founded Playmaker in 2009 before selling it to Sony in 2014, will continue to lead the company over the coming months […]

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 […]