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Pat Llewellyn fund created for women in TV

The UK body Women in Film and Television has launched a new bursary to find, and fund, women with great ideas for TV projects, in honour of producer Patricia Llewellyn, who passed away late last year. In a joint collaboration, BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have come together to fund the bursary in memory of […]

UKTV, BBC and FMI partner on Backshall adventure series

UKTV has teamed up with the BBC and FremantleMedia International on a primetime adventure series that promises a series of world firsts. These include: the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas; trekking through unexplored jungle in South America; and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East. The series, Expedition with […]

Ofcom encourages “Kangaroo 2” collaboration with UK PSBs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

BBC & Discovery set for Offspring Films doc

A BBC and Discovery copro, hailing from Bristol-based Offspring Films, is set to air on BBC 2 in May as it looks to explore the lives of apes. Red Ape: Saving The Orangutan tells the story of a team of medics from International Animal Rescue (IAR) fighting to save Borneo’s critically endangered orangutans. The doc, […]

BBC faces ‘fight for the future’, says Tony Hall

The BBC and UK public service broadcasting in general faces “a fight for the future” that will test the whole British creative industry in a world where “the global media landscape is going to be dominated by four, perhaps five, businesses on the West Coast of America in the years to come”, according to BBC […]

BBC to launch dance format with Simon Cowell’s Syco

The BBC has commissioned Simon Cowell’s (pictured) Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK’s Thames to produce a new Saturday night dance talent show. The Greatest Dancer, an 8×60 entertainment series, will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance give the performances of their lives in the hopes to become the UK’s Greatest […]

COBA claims EPG changes may derail kids content investment

UK multichannel broadcasters’ association COBA has issued a warning that changes to regulations governing the prominence of channels on electronic programme guides (EPGs) could threaten its members’ willingness to invest in kids programming. COBA said that multichannel broadcasters invested an average of £15.6 million (US$22 million) per year over the last three years in new […]

Fremantle Oz hires Matchbox MD to replace Hogg as CEO

FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) has appointed Matchbox Pictures managing director Chris Oliver-Taylor (pictured) as its new CEO after the departure of Ian Hogg this January. Hogg had acted as Asia Pacific boss for nearly a decade, first taking the helm at FMA in 2009 and picking up a wider role with Asia Pacific in 2011, but […]

BBC has Bright idea hiring Virgin exec for customer post

The BBC has appointed Virgin Media’s chief marketing officer, Kerris Bright, to the new role of chief customer officer. Bright, who is due to take up the role in the summer, will be responsible for developing a “closer, more personal relationship” with BBC viewers and people signing into BBC services. The hire comes as the […]

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