Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge appoints Chris Carey as MD

UK-based Dancing Ledge Productions has promoted its executive producer Chris Carey to become the Delhi Crime prodco’s MD. Carey will work alongside CEO Laurence Bowen to oversee the Fremantle-backed company, which has also been behind TV and film projects for UK broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, Dave/UKTV, Film 4 and the History […]

BBC, Channel 4 unveil Covid-19 plans & fast turnaround shows

UK broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC have unveiled a raft of new programming as they look to attract viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown and fill gaps left by the cancellation of major events. With events such as the Olympics and music festival Glastonbury postponed for 12 months, the BBC has said it is preparing […]

UK broadcasters join call for freelance support from government

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB) have added their voices to the cries of support for freelancers working in the broadcasting industry who are facing a sudden lack of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C highlighted the […]

European & Asian networks adapt amid Coronavirus pandemic

Broadcasters and streamers around the world have unveiled a raft of changes to their regular programming as they adapt to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and offer new content to viewers who may be unable to leave their homes. BBC’s ‘special role’ In the UK, BBC director general Tony Hall said that the national […]

TBI Scripted: Ending the ‘gun for hire’ approach

As part of our focus on delivering more incisive commentary on the global content business, TBI is launching a series of new strands of longer-form content, which will be delivered online to our readers around the world.  To kick off our TBI Scripted strand, which will run every Tuesday, we hear from UK screenwriter Dan Sefton about […]

RTÉ, BBC hand out quartet of orders to Northern Irish prodco Alleycats Films

Northern Irish production company Alleycat Films has secured a string of commissions, including a second season renewal from RTÉ for dating format Pulling With My Parents, and three new documentary orders. The second run order for Pulling With My Parents (6 x 50 minutes) follows the show’s debut last October on RTÉ2. The new series […]

BBC doc ‘The Last Unicorn’ hopes to discover extinct rhinos

The BBC has greenlit The Last Unicorn, a one hour documentary special following the search to discover a previously unknown population of northern white rhinos, a species officially declared extinct in 2018. The Last Unicorn, part of the BBC’s Natural World strand, will see BBC Studios Natural History Unit follow charity Saving the Survivors as […]

Four new writers win debut BBC drama commissions

The BBC has greenlit four new dramas from first time television writers, as part of a move to develop and back new talent, according to drama boss Piers Wenger. The commissions include an adaptation of Kit de Waal’s My Name is Leon from Shola Amoo; Sex Education director Alice Seabright’s debut Chloe; The Responder, a […]

BBC promotes Catton to run popular factual & factual entertainment

The BBC has promoted Catherine Catton to head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment. Catton replaces David Brindley, who left last year to join producer Twofour as chief creative officer. Catton joined the popular factual and factual entertainment commissioning team at the BBC in 2015, and has overseen titles including The Misadventures of Romesh […]

BBC faces mounting pressure as British government looks to downsize broadcaster

The UK’s BBC is facing further doubts over its future after reports emerged that the British government had drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee and downsize the organisation. According to a report in The Sunday Times yesterday, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change […]

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