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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 […]

Industry unites behind BBC Three

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

Ex-FremantleMedia UK boss joins All3

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater is joining another UK-based production giant, All3Media, as COO. Since leaving FremantleMedia’s British arm in 2014 after seven years, she has taken on the chairmanship of indie body PACT, and will joins Gogglebox firm All3 with immediate effect. This comes after All3’s former COO, Jane Turton, secured the CEO […]

Canadian SVOD preps for Catastrophe

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired UK-produced comedy Catastrophe. The series, which has previously picked up by Amazon for its Prime Instant Video service streaming service, follows an American man and British woman who become parents after a one-night stand. It went out on Channel 4 in the UK and the free-to-air broadcaster has ordered […]

Airport, Brothel sell for Hat Trick

Hat Trick International heads into MIPTV on the back of sales of new factual pair Bangkok Airport and The Mega Brothel. Both shows come out of HTI’s first-look distribution deal with UK indie Keo Films. Bangkok Airport has gone to Nine Network in Australia, Discovery Networks in Sweden, Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only. In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]