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Mediaset takes Magnify Media car-based gameshow into Italy

Mediaset in Italy has ordered a local remake of an automotive-focused gameshow that was first ordered by the BBC in Scotland. Test Drive follows three teams as they embark on a road trip through beautiful scenery en route to a mystery destination. During the drive, they must answer questions via a specially adapted satnav, with […]

BBC Scotland exec boards IWC to head factual

BBC Scotland’s Pauline Law has joined Banijay-owned IWC as head of factual. The exec most recently served as head of multi-platform production at the broadcaster, overseeing a team of 300, including teams in music, entertainment, events and digital. She also led a development team that won more than 80 commissions, including Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony […]

Love Nature, Smithsonian, Arte team on ‘Stormborn’ series

Love Nature has partnered with Smithsonian Channel, France’s Arte and BBC Scotland on a blue-chip natural history series that follows a dramatic breeding year in the North Atlantic. Produced by Scotland’s Maramedia, Stormborn (w/t; 3 x 50 minutes) follows animals that survive on the northern edges of the Atlantic Ocean, and will have its broadcast […]

Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

BBC hands commissions to Bandicoot, Naked Entertainment

BBC Scotland has commissioned two seasons of eight-part quiz show format Test Drive from Argonon-backed Bandicoot. Scottish pro wrestler and actor Grado will front the car-based gameshow (8 x 30 minutes), where three teams of family members and friends go on a road trip through Scotland en route to a mystery destination. The group uses […]

BBC Scotland names new commissioning head

BBC Scotland has appointed Steve Carson as head of multi-platform commissioning. Carson will become responsible for BBC Scotland’s programme output across TV, radio and online, leaving his current post as head of content production at BBC Northern Ireland. He will be responsible for leading the team who will launch BBC Scotland’s new TV channel while […]

BBC reveals new £20m Scottish channel

The BBC is to invest £19 million (US$23.6 million) in creating a new TV channel for Scotland, and will up its spending on Scottish programming by about £20 million a year as part of a new programme of investment in the UK’s devolved nations. Following a review of programming and services in the nations that […]

BBC hires Scottish chief

Donalda MacKinnon has been appointed boss of the BBC’s Scottish operations. She is being upped from head of programmes at the UK pubcaster’s BBC Scotland division and takes over from Ken MacQuarrie, who was recently named director, nations and regions, at the BBC. MacKinnon’s appointment marks the first time a female exec has run BBC […]

Discovery poaches Nat Geo’s Sayer

Discovery Networks International has poached factual production veteran Ed Sayer to join Phil Craig’s new look content team. Sayer will be VP, production and development, factual, reporting to DNI executive VP and chief creative officer Craig, who has been looking to define a new style of high-end factual programming dubbed ‘new chip’ since joining from […]

CBeebies goes to The Farm

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a five-part series about farming featuring former boyband star JB Gill. Down on the Farm will look at where food comes from and it’s grown, with Gill and Storm Huntley presenting. BBC Scotland is attached to produce, with Yvonne Jennings executive producing. The presenters will visits various farms, with […]