Adrian Wills


UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

UKTV buys Red Tent for Drama

UKTV has acquired Sony Pictures Television miniseries The Red Tent for its thematic Drama network. The 4x40mins mini stars Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), and is set in Old Testament times and based on a story in the Book of Genesis. The story follows […]

UKTV buys Fox crime procedural

British multichannel operator UKTV has acquired Fox drama Rosewood for its crime network Alibi. The deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution hands Alibi the 22-episode series, which stars Morris Chestnut (Nurse Jackie) as a Miami private pathologist who partners with a no-nonsense cop (Jaina Lee Ortiz) to crack cases. Rosewood has rated well on […]

Yesterday looks back to CNN’s Sixties

UKTV has acquired The Sixties, the documentary series looking at the events of the landmark decade and exec-produced by Tom Hanks. The series was produced by CNN as the news and current affairs channel moves more heavily into factual programming. FremantleMedia has international rights and struck the UKTV deal. Digital channel operator UKTV will launch […]

North, Wills upped, Hornsey out in UKTV restructure

Multichannel operator UKTV has restructured its top-level team in a move that sees the departures of Clare Laycock and Steve Hornsey. Really, Home and Good Food general manager Laycock is moving to Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, where she will be channel head for its flagship entertainment network TLC, while Hornsey’s role as GM of […]

Yesterday to investigate Forbidden History

UK digital channel Yesterday has commissioned a new series in which broadcaster Jamie Theakston will attempt to uncover the truth around great historical mysteries. The 6x60mins Forbidden History will launch in Q3 of this year after being ordered by yesterday general manager Adrian Wills. It will see former children’s TV presenter Theakston investigate mysteries such […]

UKTV buys Endemol’s Treasure Detectives

Yesterday, the UK factual channel run by digital channels group UKTV, has acquired US series Treasure Detectives. The one-hour series is fronted by art detective Curtis Dowling and his team and follow them as they evaluate whether arts, antiques and collectibles are fake or genuine. It is made by Endemol USA and was cable news […]

UKTV orders more of David Attenborough’s Curiosities

UKTV has commissioned a second, longer, run of natural history show David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities. The first series of the show was the highest ever rated show on UKTV’s Eden channel. It focused on animals that, for various reasons, have an intriguing biology. The new 10x30mins series will feature two animals per episode that share […]