News roundup: ‘Vlad’, ‘Trotsky’ and more int’l deals with South Korea; CW takes stab at ‘Killer Camp’ format; Hayu Australia inks exclusive ‘Chrisley’ deal; and more…

Eccho Rights strikes int’l deals with South Korean platforms South Korean platforms, including the broadcaster Catch On and Mint Media Group, have picked up international dramas Vlad, The End, Bitter Sweet Life and Trotsky, following deals with international distributors Eccho Rights. Vlad from Romania’s Pro TV and The End from producers Ay Yapim in Turkey, have both been picked […]

C4 alum Gill Wilson joins Avalon as factual director

Gill Wilson has been appointed as UK and US-based prodco Avalon’s creative director of factual. Wilson who will be based at Avalon’s London HQ, previously spent six years as head of features and daytime at UK broadcaster Channel 4, where she oversaw a slate that included George Clarke’s Old House New Home, Amazing Spaces and […]

Avalon hires former Burning Bright exec Toby Ward

Former Burning Bright exec Toby Ward has been appointed head of UK production (comedy, entertainment and scripted) at UK-and-US-based prodco Avalon. In this newly created, London-based role, Ward will report to Avalon’s global director of production Joanna Beresford, with whom he previously worked at Spitting Image in the 1990s. He will also work alongside Lydia […]

Exclusive: Avalon pulls ‘Taskmaster’ from UKTV as Channel 4 circles

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV’s Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.  TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week. It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the […]

A&E Networks poses an old question: Why Does Everyone Hate the English?

A&E UK and the History Channel are putting out a new, 5×60’ series this autumn asking why the English appear to be disliked by their neighbours? The show, Why Does Everyone Hate the English? is presented by comedian Al Murray, and will see Murray partner with a local comedian and proud patriot (Antoine de Caunes […]

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 […]

Netflix orders Russell Howard stand-up special

Netflix is set to host a Russell Howard stand-up special based on his world tour, which is now in its final stages. The untitled special will go out on Netflix in the UK and internationally towards the end of the year. Howard’s tour show will be produced by UK prodco Avalon. Peter Orton will direct […]

Former Shine COO joins Avalon

Former Shine COO Tim Robinson has joined comedy specialist Avalon Group. Robinson was COO of Shine between 2013 and 2015 before joining Lis Murdoch’s digital start-up Vertical Networks in an interim role. At Avalon he will be based in London. He started in his new role today. Joint Avalon managing directors Richard Allen-Turner and Jon […]

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